Wednesday, September 5, 2012

IWSG - Wednesday

It's that time again for insecure writers around the blogosphere to come together and share hopes and fears and writerly encouragement. If you're here from GUTGAA, my meet and greet post is below this one, or simply click here.

But don't go just yet. You may be interested to learn more about the Insecure Writer's Support Group that goes down every first Wednesday of  the month. Click on the pic below to get to IWSG HDQ over at Alex J. Cavanaugh's blog and sign up. I promise you'll love it! For my fellow IWSG bloggers, Happy IWSG Day!! ;)


You may've already seen the video I'm posting below, but if not take the time to watch it. I can't think of a more motivating or encouraging speech to hear when you're feeling insecure about yourself as a writer or an artist. The simple fact is, we ALL feel that way sometimes--even famous bestselling authors. So the important thing is to know how to pick yourself back up when you're feeling down. And for me, that means listening to this speech by Neil Gaiman.


How do you pick yourself up when you're feeling down or insecure? Please share....

Thanks so much for stopping by! I love reading your comments. :D

51 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I just think back to that one person or review that said how much they enjoyed the book. That overcomes all the negative and doubt in the world.
And thanks for letting the GUTGAA group know about the IWSG!

Miranda Hardy said...

That's one of the greatest speeches I've seen. Love it. It's very inspiring. I should listen to it each week.

Karen Walker said...

What a fabulous speech - thanks so much for sharing it, Pk.
Karen

Michael Di Gesu said...

No truer words have ever been spoken....

Thanks for sharing.

Mama J said...

Thanks for sharing :-)

E.J. Wesley said...

Ooh, haven't heard that Gaiman before ... LOVE him, so I'm going to give it a listen. :-)

Isis Rushdan said...

I recently had to sift through the quotes from contest feedback sheets for my editor to use. It really brightened my day. I'm keeping all of the positive things said about my writing by total strangers who had nothing to gain.

michelle said...

Music is a great pick-me-upper... for lots of people, I think...
Curling up with a good book also does the trick.

Barbara Watson said...

Eep! I didn't know it was a blog hop with an actual list. I just spotted it in the blogosphere this summer and joined of my own accord. But thanks to your info, I have now officially signed up.

And... thanks for the encouragement.

Johanna Garth said...

I've seen this before and it always gives me a little lift. Maybe I should bookmark it for those days when I'm feeling especially insecure!

Laura M. Campbell said...

I give myself permission to write badly to get over the wall o' fear and failure. I can always go back and revise. Thanks for the inspirational Gaiman speech. I just watched the Dr. Who episode he wrote (S.6, E. 4) Monday night. I loved it! Thanks, again!

Susan Roebuck said...

Great video. One day the man with the clip-board is going to knock on my door and tell me to get a proper job :-)

cleemckenzie said...

I heard this speech before, but loved hearing it again.

I think just writing down some of our insecurities helps put them into perspective (a lot times a humorous perspective) and manage them. That's why this hop is so great!

T C Mckee said...

Fantastic!!!! I was just talking to my daughter about some of these things. She just started college and she has no idea what she wants to be or where she wants to go. Best speech ever!

Old Kitty said...

I spoil myself - that always cheers me up!! Take care
x

Carol Riggs said...

Neil Gaiman is awesome! :) You're SO right--we all may get a pick-me-up in different ways, but the important part is that we know what works for us!

Marsha Sigman said...

I am more than a little in love with Neil Gaiman.ha

I talk myself out of feeling down or insecure all the time. I am so experienced at this point, I'm pretty sure I could talk someone off a ledge. Or become a hostage negotiator.

LTM said...

Oh, I love that speech! It makes me all misty and happy and ... sigh.

Pick me ups? Well, you guys for one. Being around my family, exercise. Refocusing. We're super lucky to be in this community, that's for sure! :o) <3

VikLit said...

Thank you for sharing this link!

Nancy Thompson said...

TEQUILA!!!

Shelly said...

I listen to The Beatles. I even self-talk.

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

fOIS In The City said...

PK, thanks so much. I loved the speech and what it tells each of us ... somehow when you do what you love ... it works !!

Annalisa Crawford said...

Oh this is going to sound soooo conceited, but when I feel down about my writing, I re-read my own work - there are a couple of stories I read where I think 'damn, I write well'.

And I really, really hope I'm not the only one who does this, or can think of a great story they've written...

Pk Hrezo said...

I do that too Annalisa. It's a great way to be confident. :)

Libby said...

Tough Question. I don't know. I kind of just do.

Pk Hrezo said...

I agree! The joy is in the process!

Lexa Cain said...

How do I pick myself up? Chocolate. Loads and loads of chocolate. :-)

Pk Hrezo said...

Yes! Chocolate cures everything!

jamieayres.com said...

Wow, so many things I took away from that speech! Thanks for sharing:-) The biggest thing was, "I became a professional email responder and writing was my hobby." I can relate, oh and add blogger, lol. Must. Write. More.

Cally Jackson said...

When I saw that video was about 20 minutes long, I almost didn't watch it, but I'm so glad I did! So many gems. What a wonderful man. Thanks for sharing. :-)

Pk Hrezo said...

I agree! It gives me so much motivation!

Pk Hrezo said...

You're welcome Karen! Isn't it fab??

Pk Hrezo said...

Amen, brotha!

Pk Hrezo said...

Thx for stopping by!

Pk Hrezo said...

You wont be disappointed!

Pk Hrezo said...

Definitely!!

Pk Hrezo said...

Great idea, Isis! I do that too!

Pk Hrezo said...

At this point I don't think it matters but it does help expose your blog. :)

Pk Hrezo said...

It really does help! I've listened to it a lot!

Pk Hrezo said...

Cool! I need to watch that!

Pk Hrezo said...

Lol! It's so easy to forget what we are blogging for in the first place!

Pk Hrezo said...

You're welcome! I always tear up when Iisten to it. :)

Madeleine Sara said...

Ah yes I have this on my IWSG post this week too. It's inspiring!

Angela Ackerman said...

Such a great speech! Thank you for sharing it. :)

Angela

Medeia Sharif said...

My writer buddies make me feel better. I also work out my feelings in a journal.

Donna Hole said...

This is an inspiring video. I've seen it before, but you can never see encouragement like this enough.

.......dhole

William Kendall said...

Music helps pick me up. Or a good rock climb.

Anne R. Allen said...

Marsha--I'm more than a little in love with Neil Gaiman! Love this speech!

Misha Gericke said...

I love Neil Gaiman's Commencement Speech. It really inspired me an many ways.

:-D

As for picking myself up, I generally go do something creative that isn't writing and take a short break until I can look at my writing without having my insecurities get to me.

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Donna Yates said...

Insecurity is a tough one to fight. There is no other profession like the Humanities - artists, musicians, singers, dancers, poets, writers - we have to bare our souls to be good at what we do. And that brings in the insecurity.