Wednesday, October 2, 2013
#IWSG--"You're No Good"
It's time again for the Insecure Writer's Support Group hosted each first Wednesday by the inimitable Alex J. Cavanaugh. Click on the above link to find all the participants and learn more about this monthly event. This is when we writers have the opportunity to pour out our hearts to talk about our innermost fears and insecurities where writing is concerned.
My theme this month ties into my Battle of the Bands post prior to this current post. My song selection for this BOTB was "You're No Good". And that is the theme of today's #IWSG post.
You're No Good!
Typically you won't get such harsh criticism about your writing from fellow bloggers, but there is one disparaging voice that you might get this from now and then. I'm talking about that nasty negative inner critic that dwells within you. Don't let that creep discourage you from writing.
If the inner critic is making a good point or offering a good suggestion then by all means listen to what is being said, but never let that voice stop you from writing. Maybe you did write something that wasn't all that hot. It doesn't mean that you're no good. The next thing you try might be just as bad or even worse, but eventually it will be better. You've got to keep on trying. Giving up on a dream is what is no good.
Keep the words flowing. Get support from those who provide validated encouragement that will move you forward and not hinder you into a glum state of stasis. Hang out with the ones who will not just prop you up, but will help you find the writing wings that will make you soar.
Of course if you get a "You're no good!" from an agent, publisher, or other such so-called authority, it might be time for some self evaluation. The statement doesn't mean they're right. It just means your work didn't work for them. If you've got the inner drive then you've still got a potential for greatness.
If you fail at something it means you tried. And if you keep on trying with fire energizing your writing soul you are bound to succeed eventually. Be sure to keep your measurement of success realistic and attainable. Every small success is one step closer to a big success.
You are good! Believe in yourself and don't let any other voice convince you otherwise. Especially if it's your own voice.
Are you your own worst enemy? Who gives you your best encouragement? Do you become easily discouraged? What do you do when you start feeling beaten down?