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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Insecure Writers Support Group - August

The Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG) is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Ninja Captain of bloggydom. Alex is the most prolific and supportive blogger I've come to know. To find other members of IWSG, go here: http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/p/insecure-writers-support-group.html To find Alex, go here: http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com

I'm not feeling particularly insecure this month. Perhaps that's because I've been writing daily for several weeks now and I'm always happiest when I'm writing. My insecurity comes if I allow myself to think about whether what I am writing is any good or not, so as soon as I catch myself thinking that way, I immediately shift gears and think about something else. And if I even have one tiny thought about what I will do about publishing when I'm done, I could throw myself off a bridge, so I won't go there.

All I need to do right now is keep writing. The rest will happen when it happens.

How about you?
Blessings,
Karen

29 comments:

Tonja said...

I'm happiest when I'm writing too. And I'm not particularly happy at the moment. Must close browser and start writing....

L.G.Smith said...

That's right, just put your head down and write and worry about the other stuff later. And all first drafts suck to some degree. That's why they invented revision. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad to hear you're writing and it's going well. Remember, don't overthink. Just write.

LynnRush said...

I've been stuck in the editing cave for so long it felt great to write a little novella over the past weekend. Like you, I fell much better when I'm writing. Then again, as Lord Byron says, "If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad."

Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

Love this, Karen. I should visit your site every day just for a pep talk. I'm happiest when I'm writing too. Wonder why I don't do it more often? Well, I'm notorious for over-thinking and especially thinking ahead. The market. The promotion. All of it. This short post has punch for me!

Karen Walker said...

Tonja, you go girl!
LG, yup!
Alex, you're beginning to know me too well!
Lynn, love that quote!
Jess, that makes me so happy - just go write!
Karen

Laura Eno said...

Yes, keep writing no matter what. A good motto to live by.
Thanks for patting me on the back this morning on my blog. I needed it. :)

Michael Di Gesu said...

Writing is ALL of our salvation, Karen. We get to create and escape at the same time.

We need that as artists...

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Keep at it, Karen!

Eve said...

Hey Karen! You have a great point...just write. I sometimes find myself wondering also, if what I write is any good...but you know what? Whatever we create is going to resonate with some people, nobody can appeal to everyone..keep on writing Karen, and thanks for the pep talk!

Karen Walker said...

Laura, you're welcome!
Michael, so true
Diane, I intend to
Eve, I will. Hope you do too.
Karen

Allison said...

Writing daily is an amazing accomplishment! Good for you.

Allison (Geek Banter)

Murees Dupé said...

Good for you! writing everyday is the most important part. Just remind yourself regularly of what a fantastic accomplishment that is.

Arlee Bird said...

I need to follow your example. Keep at it.


Lee
Wrote By Rote

Karen Walker said...

Allison, yes, I guess it is.
Murees, okay, I will
Lee, I'm rooting for you
karen

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

WTG on your daily writing!

I'm editing and revising and awaiting the mail or checking me email for a couple pieces I submitted...waiting...UGH!

M Pax said...

You're right to put blinders on and go at this one step at a time. I get butterflies all the time. This business is chock full of them.

Nicki Elson said...

I totally agree: writing = happy. The rest of it...take it as it comes.

Rose Munevar said...

I love the focus and productivity I feel when I write too. Just stopping in from the support group.

Pk Hrezo said...

lol... I know what you mean. If you stop and think too hard about any of it, I wanna throw myself off too. One day at a time--that's what I tell myself. :)

Andrea Franco-Cook said...

I can relate. There is something very fulfilling about writing. I always feel happiest when I'm doing it. Glad to hear you're getting a lot done. Best of luck.

I like your blog. You now have a new follower.

Hart Johnson said...

You're so right--I feel pretty good when I am just writing. Not nearly as well when I am analyzing the QUALITY of what I am writing... Glad you are feeling good at the moment!

Ink in the Book said...

Wow! IT takes a strong mind to ignore the insecurities! I admire you for that and wish I had your strength in that area:)

Writer Pat Newcombe said...

I agree with you. I too feel better when I'm in the writing space. I shall follow your blog with interest...

Liz Fichera said...

Great attitude, Karen! And I share this with you. I try to slog through a first draft without judging myself, my writing, etc. If I don't, I never finish it. Easier said than done, of course.

Lynn said...

Just write...my best words of advise from another writer. And just shoot..my best words of advise from a photographer. Nike had it right with their logo, "Just do it." Keep doing it Karen! And may you stay joyful as you do.

Mary Aalgaard said...

Excellent attitude. Thanks for sharing your positivity!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Blessings to you too, Karen. Thanks for sharing that things are going well. That is incredibly good to hear. I'm generally not insecure either, but this month hasn't started out well. I want to write but life keeps getting in the way. It may be the end of summer blues or the fact we've had two sons in serious accidents this summer. Or a combination of that and trying to sell our house. Anyway, woe is me, and now back to work.

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