It's time for the first installation of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, which posts on the first Wednesday of every month and is run by our Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. (We are posting on the second Wednesday this month because of the holiday.) This is a place where 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.
A new year is upon us. A new year of writing, editing, revising, querying, rejections, joys, and failures. It makes me feel really insecure about my writing. For one, I am currently working two jobs and still having trouble, so I'm searching for a 3rd job, but I already have very little time for writing. When I do get a little time, I'm usually too tired or just want to watch another episode of Law and Order to relax. I'm finding it hard to write when I just don't want to write.
Two, when I do find a little time to write, I feel like it is pointless. I've been writing for a long time and I feel like I'm no closer to having a book published. I can't help but think if I won't be published this year either. My dream feels stagnant. I don't know how to keep moving, when I feel like I'm stuck in a swamp with everyone else who wants to write. We are shouting to get our books read, but no one hears us. The harder we try, the more we feel like failures.
|I feel like Mr. Potato-Head...|