On Being an Insecure Writer : #IWSG #amwriting

Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for organizing and hosting this event every month for two long years! Go to his blog to see the other participants.


Insecure Writer's Support Group
Insecure Writers!

I’ve been a pretty inconsistent (insecure) writer.

At times I’ve felt burnt out with blogging and missed the IWSG post, at others been felled by life. Last month I missed the post cos I forgot! Alex has been kind enough to keep me on the list despite my irregularity and for that I’m grateful.

I think blogging brings out the best in writers– we become a sympathetic, helpful community (which sometimes doesn’t happen in real life.) IWSG has become a safe place for blogger-writers on the web, and I personally have learned a lot from some of the posts I’ve read, be it writing advice or publishing tips.

Can’t believe IWSG is 2 years old today! Kudos to Alex and the bloggers who have hosted the group each month– it isn’t easy.

I hope to be more regular from now on, schedule my IWSG drafts so I don’t miss out.

This month I’ve found the Muse elusive, and have had to bring myself out of negative swirls of vicious self-loathing– so I find some of the IWSG posts just what I needed! Thank you to the bloggers on this group who encourage those like me who find it hard going, this life as a writer.

Here’s to many more years of the Insecure Writers’ Support Group!


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  1. shoreacres

    My goodness! What a treat it was to find you stopped by today! It’s a little hard to keep up with everyone, especially since at one point “something” seemed to go wacky with my follow list.

    But there you were, and here I am. I’ve resubscribed to your blog, and will be lurking around and commenting now and then. The first thing I need to do is a little digging in the archives to see what you’ve been up to. I hope all is well, other than that recalcitrant muse! ~ Linda


  2. Book Blather

    Good luck with your writing hunny, the trick is to start, once you do that you’ll quickly realize there’s always time for one more paragraph and as soon as you know it, you’ll have another chapter done! :-) Hugs.


  3. Ettemeyer

    “This month I’ve found the Muse elusive, and have had to bring myself out of negative swirls of vicious self-loathing –”

    Thanks for posting this, and you have my empathy. It is evident by your growing comment section, that we’ve all been there, not only as writers but as people. Each of us develops a way to cope and having external group support makes a huge difference.

    Me? I cope by writing more even- a nonsencial poem about critics.

    Keep writing that’s the only way forward. And you’re doing just fine.


  4. Rachel Bowman

    Hi Damyanti,
    I just stumbled onto your blog. Just started my own blog not too long ago–about rhetoric and perception–and today I wrote about the importance of letting others influence your creative process. It can be terrifying and despair inducing, but I think ultimately it’s more good than bad. It’s so good to come across this great community online–and it’s great to hear about how supportive writers can be to each other.


  5. Robbie MacNiven

    I totally empathise. Real life is such a double-edged sword – on the one hand I hate how circumstances kill the mood to write. On the other, if it wasn’t for the emotional drive behind my writing I don’t think I’d want to carry on anyway. It’s a topsy-turvy world we live in!


  6. LG Smith

    I think we all get self-critical when the writing isn’t going well. We assume it’s because we’re not good, or not meant to write, or some other nonsense. We’re so susceptible to negativity, which is why it’s great to be a part of IWSG and know that everyone else is feeling the same things.


  7. hibernationnow.wordpress.com

    Hi, I honestly don’t know how I found my way here, I have a blog hibernationnow.wordpress.com but even these instructions look intimidating. I get the idea that it is a support group but you write once a month? Are there prompts or do you just submit something? Is there a FAQ page so I don’t bother people? many thanks. Laurie.


  8. Brieuse Bernhard Piers-Gûdmönd

    Always love your blog – and always written with such style. I’m pretty new to all this – where does one learn about all these “groups”, and “competitions” and so on? Every one seems to be doing it except me!!!!


    • Damyanti

      All you have to do to join the IWSG is sign up on the linky list which you’ll find in the link at the bottom of this post. Easy-peasy.

      *oops too many ‘links in those lines*


    • Damyanti

      Cherie, my Muse hasn’t left. She can’t, she and I are joined at the hip. But sometimes she stops talking to me, and that’s when I get into ‘vicious bouts of self-loathing’ :)


  9. ncbek

    I think it is the pain all writers feel of all professions. It is hard to dodge the elusive block that continues to haunt our nightmares. I know for me that courser blinking over the white backdrop of word is something that constantly empowers me to go out and scream at someone. I am currently trying to post a new work once a week, and it is quite difficult to get not only inspiration, but to provide a quality, fresh look at something.

    When will we ever win?

    “Is it just me or are the voices within me becoming physical entities upon the page”


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