Wednesday, August 7, 2013
IWSG - Analyze This
So I was giving the whole "insecure writer" thing some thought the other day. There I was strolling through the hood, leashed to my 70lb labradoodle with my headphones in, when I started pondering what it is that makes us insecure.
Now, it could be that I've been watching waaaay too many Frasier reruns and analyzing everything from coat hangers to old friends, but I was instantly struck with the question: what is it exactly that makes me feel insecure about my writing??
Here are the main two answers I came up with:
Fear of rejection
There it is in a nutshell.
What if not everyone likes my work? Bah! Of course not everyone will like my work. It's impossible to please everyone, so don't even try.
What if I'm not as good as I hoped and readers call me out? Boy would I feel stupid. Well even bestselling Neil Gaiman said he used to wait for the fraud police to show up at his door with a clipboard and call him out for impersonating an author.
So I think it's safe to say that regardless of who we are, we have to face these fears head on if we expect to get anywhere with our writing. We will be rejected by readers, critics, editors, and agents. And we will at some point feel or look stupid for something we could've done better, but at least we're trying, and getting closer to our goals with every failure or every mistake.
So I say let's embrace our insecurities and accept our imperfections, all the while understanding no writer is perfect. As long as we're doing the time and working toward our goal, at least we can be proud of ourselves.
I hope you can visit me over at Nutshell's blog today. She's featuring my workspace and invited me for a brief interview. Come see what my office looks like at http://www.thewritingnut.com/.
And thanks so much for stopping by! Tell me, when you stop to analyze what makes you an insecure writer, what answer do you come up with and why?
Posted by PK HREZO at 12:01 AM