Hello and welcome everyone to my first Insecure Writer’s Support Group post. The topic this month is: What's the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?
For me, it was: “Your story is interesting.” I received this comment for my memoir about attending college with five children in tow from an experienced writer. A good writer. A writer I admire. And my first thought was, whew! Now I can sleep nights.
Then I started thinking, but what do I do now? “Interesting” is only part of the writing process.
I’m still floundering in the dark about this.
I am a concrete thinker and writer. You see I overthink my writing. Constantly. Even my blog posts and facebook notes. I fret, I fuss. My college journey was quite difficult because of all this. I thought for sure the family would disown me before I graduated.
The only way I can think to move forward on my memoir is to apply some of the tactics I used to get through college.
Lock Inferiority in a closet—preferably one far from where you write and create. This way you won’t hear her rattling the doorknob.
Trick yourself. Tell yourself that what you write is only for you. No one else will see the poop you create.
Go for a walk—just you, your thoughts, and your doubts. Don’t be afraid to get inside yourself and listen to yourself.
Talk to yourself. Go ahead. I do this all the time. [Since we’re not supposed to lie, I’m not going to say that I always get good answers.]
And reward yourself if you stay seated [or standing nowadays] writing at your computer or by hand for any length of time. You deserve it.
Well, it’s time for me to use some of my advice and move forward on my memoir. Please feel free to offer some advice of your own to move forward on any project you begin. It would be greatly appreciated. All the best to you.