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, September 7, 2016

Insecure Writer's Support Group - September

First of all I can't believe it's September. Where did the summer go? But Fall is my favorite season. It always means new beginnings because on the East Coast, school began right after Labor Day. This post is for the Insecure Writer's Support Group September post. Please visit Alex J. Cavanaugh www.alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com for details on how to participate in this wonderfully supportive group.

I'm not writing a novel. I'm not writing a book at all, so my insecurities are for different reasons. I'm putting together an anthology of essays on aging. I've started receiving submissions. Now I'm in a whole new ball park--reading other people's work and having to say yeah nor nay, or having to tell someone that the piece needs this or that. It would be different if it were complete strangers, but I've solicited submissions from those I know, so it's much harder. So far, the few people I've received work from have been super wonderful about my comments and suggestions. I haven't had to tell anyone yet that the piece won't be included. I dread that. I am reminding myself that this is a professional situation. The anthology has the potential to be a powerful book that could be inspiring to many people. I can't allow friendship or fear of hurting someone's feelings to prevent me from having integrity about the quality of work that will go into it. So my insecurities are becoming strengths as I learn to speak my truth and let go of fear of someone getting upset with me.

How about you?