The Insecure Writer’s Group August Blog Hop: A Real and True Typhoon

The Insecure Writers’ Group is an organization of writers offering support and encouragement to all those taking on the challenges of writing. Every month they sponsor a blog hop where writers can blog about a topic related to overcoming obstacles and exploring various aspects of the writing journey. If you’d like to participate in a future hop you can join here.

Thank you to Alex J. Cavanaugh for creating this awesome group, and to this month’s co-hosts: PK Hrezo, Cathrina Constantine, PJ Colando, Kim Lajevardi, and Sandra Cox.

Every month the ISWG offers a question to help writer’s think and write about a topic related to writing, writing craft and insecurities when writing. The question is optional, I was going to answer it… then last minute decided instead to pivot to something else when something on my mind suddenly became more urgent for me this week. I’ve had this question going through my head for a while now, and thought this would be the perfect place to ask–here there are a lot of writers, with a lot of experience, and a lot of knowledge. So here goes.

If my life were a ship, or I myself were a ship, I would be a ship that likes to sail on fairly calm waters. If I were to be honest though, my mental state is oftentimes a lot stormier, with self-inflicted thunderstorms and sometimes even hurricanes and all kinds of other inclement weather that self-sabotages and sometimes rocks the ship (thankfully for me, they haven’t yet sunk the ship). But regardless, it’s not ideal sailing conditions.

I’m coming now to a point in my life where I have to hit the “done” button on some important projects. And to be honest, it’s time. I’ve worked on them for a very long while (years), and I really should be sharing them. But to be straightforward, I’m struggling through it. I’m navigating some typhoon like weather in terms of the fear of letting go and letting things go into the world. And no matter what I tell myself, I’m not navigating my way out of this one easily. I sit and stare at what feels to be this wall of impenetrable water and clouds and psych myself up. I fully plan on moving forward, the work is done, I’m almost ready but…I feel stuck. So my question is, how do you take that step to do something that really scares you, especially when it comes to writing?

I would really like to hear from everyone, to find out how you personally overcome those torrential internal storms to press through and accomplish a goal that scares you? To hit submit/send, to share something important, to put your stamp on something and let it fly? It can be about anything, not just writing. I know we all experience things differently, and something terrifying to me might not be to you, and vice versa. But I would love to hear more about your perspective either way, so we can support one another! Let me know in the comments!

-Winter

14 thoughts on “The Insecure Writer’s Group August Blog Hop: A Real and True Typhoon

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  1. I probably have the opposite problem. I can’t wait to push everything out there as soon as possible. My storm happens after I post things. I get embarrassed, ashamed, paranoid, or whatever and retract.

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    1. I can totally relate to this, I do that too! I’m the queen of reading something a million times after I’ve written it and finding things to worry about with it and then editing or deleting it! Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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    1. Thanks Laurence! It’s a double edged sword I guess, I’m glad I have some of these long term projects but I’m ready to start some new things, hopefully soon I’ll get moving on some of these!

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  2. I started my blog to overcome this inability to let the world or someone else see my writing. I started sharing my badly crafted stories on my sight. After writing my first post, it took days for me to hit the publish button and when I finally did, I converted it back to draft.😀I was still ashamed of it.
    Eventually, with the support of my readers through their encouraging likes and comments, I became more confident. A single good feedback can make a great difference. I don’t think there is any other way which could have worked for me; conquering my self with that first move towards sharing it with one or two trusted people, who can read and give feedback.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and sharing Florence! This is so beautifully written, thank you for sharing your experience. I can really identify with sharing with one or two trusted people at first and then using that to gain confidence. I am going to try sharing some of my projects with family and see how it goes!

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  3. When I was 30, I had all the time in the world. Now that I’m 38 I feel time more acutely then I did before. I weathered trying to publish my book and having to shelve the idea for a while. I’m writing something new and it might meet the same fate as the first one. A new storm in on the horizon once it’s done. The best you can do is keep sailing, rolling with the rocky waves and once all is said and done, know you’ve done your very best.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading Holly! You’re right, the best thing is to keep moving. I definitely have to work on that, it’s tough to move forward but how I often end up (totally stuck) is even worse. Good luck on your new project, looking forward to reading more about it! 🙂

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  4. Yes I can relate to that fear of letting go but as another commenter said well done for completing something in order to get to the fear of letting go. I have not even begun (writing stories) and my real life blogging (this year especially) has got me starting to feel a bit more confident in my ability to write at all (mainly because of feedback). It will hopefully get me going in my quest to write creatively.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and commenting! 🙂 Writing is such a fantastic creative outlet, it’s great that you’re pursuing that! Definitely keep at it!

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  5. I struggle too. It’s been ages since I submitted something. My blog is my first step to “getting out there”. I guess that is all to say “I am zero help to you.” hahaha (tragic sob) Sorry

    Lately I’ve been remembering what we’d tell each other in junior high, “In a billion years, the Earth will be an ice ball hurtling through space and no one will care if you screwed up your oral report”. Silly, but it does give me some perspective.

    I hope that juvenile philosophy is some comfort to you. ‘)

    Good luck

    Lori

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    1. Thank you Lori! I love that, it’s so true! It’s always good to take a moment to look at the bigger picture, it really puts things in perspective 😁 good luck to you too continuing the writing journey!

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