Purpose of IWSG: to share and encourage. 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!
To join IWSG visit
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh here.


While celebrating the end of this year’s A to Z Blogging Challenge, I suddenly realized we’d arrived at the first Wednesday of the month. And we all know what that means: Insecure Writers Support Group!

April proved a frenzied month, both personally and professionally, and without getting into grisly details, any insecurities I have are on hold until life settles down. So today, instead of a regular post or an A to Z wrap up—which I’m saving for next week—I’ll be sharing a few inspirational blog links and quotations I hope will distract us all from any lingering doubts—even if only for a moment or two.

The Gift of Insecurity, Rachelle Gardner (blog post)
“Let yourself feel satisfied for brief moments, then go back to the natural state of the writer: insecure, frustrated, driven. It’s a great life, isn’t it?”

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everybody else’s highlight reel.”
~Steve Furtick

The Writer’s Guide to Overcoming Insecurity, Men with Pens (blog post)
“There will always be people who don’t like what you do. But there will also be people who absolutely love what you do. Focus on those who want to hear from you and forget the rest. Especially Mr. Insecurity. That guy’s a jerk.”

“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends),
‘Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?’
Chances are, you are.
The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident.
The real one is scared to death.”
~Steven Pressfield

Insecure Writer Bingo, Miriam Joy Writes (blog post)
Mired in insecurity and in the midst of a real or imagined writer’s block, Miriam created a game called Insecure Writer Bingo. Check out the game here. As for the antidote, you’ll find it below. In fact, skip the Bingo and go straight for the antidote. Title this one: DOCTOR MOTIVATIONAL.

“The world always seems bright when you’ve just made something that
wasn’t there before.”
~Neil Gaiman

Go make something that wasn’t there before
*~Su-Mari Diedericks