Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Hello My Insecure Buddies!

OK I had no idea that this even existed! I'm new to writing and have just started learning about this great and marvelous and terrifying process. I'm a little afraid to get into all my insecurities because that just opens a major can of worms... but whatever I'll try to keep it small for now.

I love writing, and I love my writing friends. Today I want to talk about how terrifying it is to read my writing in front of my lovely sweet and kind friends. 


Well, that's it really.
It's freaking terrifying to open myself up like that. I've only done it a couple of times and my heart falls down in my chest and I notice every minuscule mistake. I usually stop and offer some form of apology when they are noticed. Then I crawl in to a hole hoping nobody laughs or that somebody will. Please, please, please, let there be something positive that can be said about this strange in process piece of literature that I've just laid out before you. 

Aah, that actually is quite nice to say out loud. Much easier than reading my most recent piece of first draft fiction. I've been told we all feel that way but when somebody turns to you and says it looks like it's your turn. Forcing myself to swallow and say "Sure!" Is about the hardest thing I've ever done!

But we do, and we survive, and I've not known anyone to die during this rare form of self inflicted torture. And what do we get of this situation? better. We get better. At reading, at writing, at listening. Submitting to the open minds of our friends who've been there and want nothing more than to help you is one of the best things we can do for those gravel rough pieces of crumbling fiction, that want nothing more than to be cleaned up and discovered. 

I think we can help them with that. 


Charity Bradford said...


Hi!! It's good to find you on here too. And I'm sad I've missed the few times you've shared. Just remember we've all been there and we still feel the same way. I think that's why I read so fast. If I read fast maybe no one will notice the mistakes, right?

LOL, anyway, looking forward to tomorrow night.

Hillary Sperry said...

Me too! Love that we can read together!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You've joined the right group though!
It may be frightening, but here online, you'll find nothing but support.
Welcome to the IWSG.

Charity Bradford said...

And just so you know, Alex is an amazing support to the online writing community. I've read both of his books and am anxiously awaiting the last in the series. :)