The Insecure Writer's Support Group, which posts on the first Wednesday of every month. (Since tomorrow is July 4th, we are posting on Tuesday for July.) Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Something I've been struggling with is wondering how much is good enough. I don't always feel that my writing is good enough to get an agent or be a published author. I've written five novels, but only one I want to publish. The others, maybe, but they need some serious work.
How much is good enough? Will I be satisfied when I've written six novels or when I've reached 201 followers on my blog? Should I be concerned about how many people actually buy my book? Will people actually want to read it? Will writing be enough?
I don't think I'll ever be able to support myself as a writer, but I want to try. My dream is to someday be a stay-at-home mom and write. That's pretty hard to do right now... as a single young woman, serving coffee. I know I'll get there, but until then... ?
I recently read a book called "Quitter" by Jon Acuff and he talked about defining what will be your good enough, so you can reach a point where you realized that you've accomplished your goal. You can always go above your "good enough", but it keeps you from obsessing over the numbers. I sent myself an email, which will arrive next year on June 2rd, 2013. It talks about what I believe is good enough for me. :) I am reminded that I don't have to prove myself to anyone. I don't need to prove that I'm a good writer. I am because I believe in my writing and I'll keep growing as a writer.
It's good enough for me to love writing and have at least one person love what I've written.
What's your "good enough"? Do you obsess about the numbers?
For those of you in the US, have a great 4th of July tomorrow! I've got zero plans (one reason is because the fireworks are tonight instead of tomorrow), but it should be a good day. Happy early Independence day! Maybe I'll go to a movie or finally watch Batman. Who knows!