It's the first Wednesday of the month, so here are my thoughts as part of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group:
I joined the group in March, right before the A to Z Challenge began, and naively thought I'd have time to post on my writing insecurities AND keep up with the challenge. Amazingly I did keep up with the challenge, but I did not keep up with the group. However, persistence prevails and I am here this month blogging on my insecurities as a writer.
I believe I can say with authority that no one ever began something new without a seed of doubt running rampant through their mind like a raging forest fire. Sometimes those doubting seeds manage to jump out of your head into someone else's who will actually verbalize your own fears; out loud. It is hard your doubts actually being spoken into the atmosphere. When they are, I think of this quote from Benjamin Franklin, "When in doubt, don't." Don't listen to the voice inside your head that says you can't. Listen to the one that says you can.
I wish I could say that the "I can" voice is always there. My own personal cheer leading team, rallying me on daily; however, I can not. Sometimes the voice either has laryngitis or is on a coffee break. Those are the days that I move forward despite my insecurity.
Finding this group and seeing, (not just believing), that we all fight through our insecurities helps me realize it's just a phase that will pass. My cheering squad will finish their coffee break, get their voice back and I will be able to move on writing securely in my insecurities.
The next time someone speaks your fears, doubts, worries out loud, just smile and move on. Whether you feel insecure or secure at the moment. Choose to take the same path as Benjamin Franklin and Don't Doubt.
Muse For Today: How do you deal with your insecurities?