Feeling insecure with your writing life? Or your life in general? Never fear for support is here! First Wednesday of the month means time to lean on the broad shoulders of the Insecure Writers Support Group founded by our dear blogging buddy Alex J. Cavanaugh. Be sure to stop over to the IWSG site for the list of participants and sign up to the list if you would like to join in with your own post.
|2013 L.A. Oratorio Chorus and Orchestra (I'm in the center of the second row of vocalists--one of the few non-Asians in the group).|
Now look at me, front and center of the bass section, performing excerpts of Handel's Messiah for the second year. No longer insecure because I discovered my voice. Not that I have a great voice, but I apparently do okay. Upon asking someone afterwards if they could hear me singing, they said that they could not, which is a good thing in a choir as voices are supposed to blend with the others and not stand out. Our director said that I had done a good job. That boosted my confidence so that I might continue to sing in other events should they come my way.
What it comes down to is just jumping in and doing something. Wanting to do it and working at it to do it right. The more we practiced, the more secure I was with singing the pieces we were slated to perform. It's like writing. Practice makes us better and working at it makes us more secure.
Getting inspired is important as well. The music of a work like The Messiah is so exhilarating and uplifting that it carries the singer to another level. I wanted to raise my voice with others in glorification and praise. Immersion in masterful art might be the fuel that we often need to help us rise another notch above the mundane as we try to achieve perfection or some semblance thereof.
When you feel insecure about your abilities, listen to a great work of music, gaze upon a artistic masterpiece, or read some well-written literature. Don't let that experience oppress you into believing you can never attain the levels that others have achieved, but instead let it fuel and fire your imagination to aspire to achieve your own level of greatness.
Don't get tired, get inspired. You can do great things if you just believe in yourself. Encourage that belief by tapping into the great accomplishments of others. Strengthen your confidence by using the inspiration found in realizing what great things others have done. Even if you don't ever create a masterpiece that will live through the ages, you can at least strive to make each effort better than your last.
Do you find writing inspiration in listening to any certain kinds of music? Does reading great literature sometimes make you feel discouraged about your own writing abilities? What provides you the most inspiration for writing?