The Purpose of IWSG is 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.
If 2015 left you not only insecure but discouraged, it’s time to regroup. This IWSG post is for you (and me).
Every writer should have a manifesto—a course of action to reach writing goals. Not up to creating your own manifesto? The one below is chockfull of great advice as well as reminders of what we know but sometimes forget. Example: “First drafts are acts of discovery.” My editing mantra.
I’m not big on writing rules, but Neil Gaiman’s Eight Rules of Writing are brilliant. Hold them close to your heart and follow religiously. I might add a 9th: talking about writing isn’t writing, only writing is writing.
ADDITIONAL INSPIRATION: TED TALKS
Have you visited TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) lately? Below are three of my favorite TED talks. In around twenty minutes you can learn what makes a good story, where genius comes from, and why being an introvert just may be a good thing.
Andrew Stanton: The Clues to a Great Story – “Drama is anticipation mingled with Uncertainty.” A discussion of why and how to make readers care.
Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius – A discussion of creativity and its source. Gilbert suggests we all have genius in us. Do your job and
Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts – Given that the majority of writers are introverts, the need to self-promote and market, is a huge source of insecurity for many us. If this is you, Cain’s TED Talk will buoy your confidence.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST, A REMINDER FOR THE YEAR AHEAD
Wishing you a joyous 2016
filled with friends, family, love, prosperity, and beauty.
May all hopes be realized and all your dreams come true.