I joined the Insecure Writers Support Group recently and today is our scheduled post. Insecurity is something I'm facing big time lately, though I don't have a really good reason why. It started as an indescribeable funk and spiraled down from there. I've tried reading blogs by all my fav authors and aspiring authors, but although I love reading it all, I don't feel less insecure.
Not too long ago I declared my intention to find crit partners. Surprisingly, this has had an affect on my mental state. Despite the fact that critiques can be hard to swallow sometimes, I'm actually more positive and optimistic. I have two people so far who have offered to help critique my WiP and I'm looking forward to their perspectives. I guess the reason why is because after I read their critiques (and take a deep breath acknowledging that the world is not ending), I hope to have some solutions. I am hoping I'll find some good stuff to take away from the critiques and push through that last wall, finishing my story.
I guess my point is that for me, critiques provide answers as opposed to the vague questions of "what if" floating around so often in my head. Like "what if my writing really does suck" or "what if all this editing isn't really helping improve things". I don't mind difficulty but I hate being in a vague state where I have no idea whats wrong or what to do about it. So while I remain insecure, I'm slowly becoming less so (maybe).
Feeling insecure today? Maybe you just need a good critique to discover what you're doing right and how to fix what's wrong?