Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Pushing Past the Fear

Y’all! Writing is scary. And I don’t mean that in a flip, off-hand sort of way. I mean it in a holy-shit-knee-knocking-sick-to-my-stomach-first-drop-on-the-rollercoaster sort of way.

Think about it. Your thoughts, your feelings, your ideas, your words–all spilled out and displayed for the world to see. And not just see. JUDGE. And sometimes harshly.

Why do we subject ourselves to this? Am I just an extreme narcissist, thinking that my words are so precious that everyone has to read them? Am I just crazy, channeling the voices in my head? I really don’t have a definitive answer.

I spent the past couple of weeks warring with myself over whether I should enter a writing contest. Is my story polished enough? What if it’s not good? What if I get rejected?

Gah! All those questions and fears and doubts! I was sooooo scared. All of a sudden (and I know it’s been almost three years since I started taking writing seriously but it seems like time’s flying by) this feels less like a pipe dream. It feels like a real thing. It feels like something’s coming.

Putting yourself out there in any situation is terrifying, I know. But writing’s such a subjective game. One person may think you’re the cat’s pajamas, another may think you’re the kitty’s litter box.

And the really scary part? THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT. *shudder*

For a recovering control freak like me, that sucks balls. Big, fat, hairy ones.

But this is the writerly life I’ve chosen and I’m glad for every time I have be bold and step out on faith. It makes me a better writer. It makes me a better person.

So I entered that contest, knowing full well that I might be upset by the outcome, but I’ll never be disappointed by the effort.


20 thoughts on “Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Pushing Past the Fear”

    1. 1. Go to Dashboard.
      2. Go to Appearance.
      3. Select Widgets.
      4. Grab “Image” widget, drag into appropriate sidebar. Open widget (Click down arrow on right hand side).
      5. Under Image URL insert link to NaNoWriMo winner pic (I got it from the Nano site).
      6. Click Save.

      Hope that works!


  1. “I might be upset by the outcome, but I’ll never be disappointed by the effort.”

    I love that!! 🙂 Yeah, it does take a pair to put it all out there. But once the cat’s outta the bag, it doesn’t even seem like it’s up for discussion… once you start writing, I don’t think it’s possible to stop.


  2. I agree it is a stressful, scary career for sure but the bottom line is writers write and writers read. Good luck with that contest, jeeze just by hitting send you have increased your chances of winning…


  3. You’ll never know until you try. I would have been extremely easy to not hit the send button and to comfort yourself in my work isn’ good enough. I’m thrilled you’ve taken the plunge and I’m sure your going to get a lot of benefit from it. Good luck!!! This is the moment you’ve been waiting for…..


    1. I was just thinking that already I’ve gained a lot, especially from following the posts on Twitter and some of the mentors are saying that they’ll still give feedback to those that weren’t chosen. So it’s a win-win already.


  4. So glad you entered. Hitting “send” is scary whether you’re sending to your CPs, to an agent, to a contest, to your friends from high school who have been begging to read your stuff because you can’t shut up about it on facebook. You just having to keep hitting send.

    Just think – only, like, 6 more days to stress out before they announce the teams!

    And I hope you had a fantastic birthday! Whoo hoo!


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