|The Insecure Writers Support Group|
Optional Question: Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, by trying a new genre you didn’t think you’d be comfortable in?
My short answer: Yes. My long answer: Yes, and I’m now sure I don’t want to do that anymore. I have enough insecurity without doubting my own good judgement, going counter to it, and failing. Please!
Here’s a bit about insecurity that I liked reading.
According to Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., practicing psychologist in Mill Valley, California up to 40% of our “happiness quotient” is based on our recent life events.
She writes that “since unhappiness also influences your self-esteem, failure and rejection can deliver a double whammy to your confidence.”
I think she’s talking to writers, don’t you? I mean her message is spot on. And here’s more from Dr. Greenberg.
“Persevering despite setbacks can lead to eventual successes—which raise your self-esteem. Before becoming president, Abraham Lincoln lost his job, was defeated for nomination to Congress, and failed at least twice in Senate bids.”
Doesn’t all of this sound as if you’ve heard it and HEARD IT? Yes. But maybe that’s okay. Maybe repetition is necessary to keep us on track. Ergo, this regular every first Wednesday post!
Another reminder: I’m ready to take a break, so if I can’t get around to everyone, my apologies, but I’m packing and fretting and being insecure about SECURITY and my FLOTATION DEVICE that I’ll supposedly find under my airplane seat. Then there’s my passport and my Global Entry number. . .Well, you can see that it’s not only writing that generates insecurity in me.
Did you see that The Insecure Writers’ Group has something special coming up for you? Another chance to be a published author is coming. You can submit your Crime/Thriller/Mystery story for publication. The theme is TICK TOCK. Look for DETAILS starting September 6.
Are you jumping into the next contest? What’s your happiness quotient these days? See you in November with my “slide show” from France and Texas. You can hardly wait, right?