Insecure? Come out WRiTING!
I’ve missed the last couple meetings of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, brain-child of Alex J. Cavanaugh, and it feels good to finally get back into the rotation. Let’s get to it…shall we?
Here’s what I’ve come to realize over the course of my 5+ years of seeking publication – my insecurity…your insecurity…our insecurity, isn’t going anywhere. Face it, there is no cure. It is our constant companion, one with its own agenda, its own timetable, and little regard for feelings. You can try reasoning with it, bargaining with it, or even ignoring it, but in the end it will always return…like a blackmailer coming back for another piece of your pride, time and time again.
So what do we do if we can’t beat it? We can do two things, 1) treat the symptoms and force it into remission, 2) understand that it is never really gone and the power it has over you -- is provided by you. Insecurity comes from within and that is where the battle takes place, with you. Treating the symptoms only provides you with the ammunition you need to successfully fight that battle. It just so happens that I have a way to treat the most prevalent of these symptoms, the “Catch-22” syndrome.
Most of us toil away with our writing with little or no knowledge of how good we really are, but the fear of negative feedback prevents us from sending our work anywhere to find that out. We need feedback…but the fear of it holds us back. Classic Catch-22. My solution – WRiTE CLUB. It is an annual contest going on its third year that pits anonymous 500 word writing samples against each other in weekly bouts. The other club members vote for the one that resonates with them the most and also offer brief critiques. Feedback without the fear of other people knowing it’s your work! Just the ammunition you need to combat that pesky insecurity.
Whether you decide to participate in WRiTE CLUB, or dither in some other activity to help untie that knot in your stomach, remember...insecurity is here to stay. The sooner you learn to cope with it, the better off you'll be.