Welcome to Following the Whispers blog
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, August 7, 2013
Insecure Writer's Support Group - August
The whole notion of support groups is that so we don't feel alone with our negative feelings. That we know someone else out there either feels the same way, or has felt that way at one time or another. That we are not flawed because we doubt ourselves sometimes. I think most writers, or any artist for that matter, is somewhat insecure. There's nothing wrong with insecurity, unless we let it stop us from doing whatever it is we are passionate about doing.
I was riddled with self-doubt starting as a very small child. I won't go into the reasons (you can read my memoir if you really want to know, LOL). And I've spent most of my adult life learning to overcome those feelings and feel good about who I am and what I do.
Right now I'm struggling with revisions on a first draft of a first novel. My insecurity mostly comes from worrying about whether I will have what it takes to get this book published and market it so that it can be as successful as it can be at 65 (which is what I'll be when I'm done). My energy is so different now than when I was younger. I don't have that drive. I don't have the stamina.
However, what I do have is an innate belief that things happen the way they are supposed to. That this voice that came to me in Ireland/Scotland, asking me to tell it's story came to me for a reason. That this book was meant to be written. By me. And that whatever and however I am able to bring it forth will be okay. As Nike says, I just have to do it.
How about you?