Being a part of IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) started by Alex J. Cavanaugh has been a wonderful experience. We post on the first Wednesday of every month. It’s so therapeutic to share our writing insecurities, worries, fears and doubts with other writers. This month I am one of the Co-hosts, the other two are Lynda Young and Mark Koopmans. Click here to see the other posts by the IWSG members.
We constantly talk about how insecurities afflict us. But, today I am going to talk about how we writers overcome our insecurities and help other writers. Our solidarity is amazing. Each of us who has reached our publishing dream owes it to the other writers who offer all kinds of support in the background.
None of us writers (atleast the ones I have met via my blog and facebook) have shown a mean or a selfish bone in their bodies. Everyone has been so supportive and warm, eager to share their knowledge and useful links. Even when we all are in the throes of depression, courtesy rejections, bad reviews and writing slumps, we have been quick to help and support other writers in several ways: reading our buddies’ revised first chapters until we know them by heart, polishing their synopsis and query letters so that they snag an agent’s attention.
Though we writers have our own share of fears and insecurities, the writing community is one of the most supportive of all communities online. I feel it’s our insecurities that make us more understanding, more sympathetic of what another writer is going through.
By critiquing another writer’s work, by giving them shout-outs, by announcing their book releases and other good news, by carrying reviews of their books and giveaways and blog hops to celebrate their good news, we try to help other writers and this in turn inspires us to get closer to our own dreams.
This post is a tribute to all my fellow insecure writers and blog buddies, who channel their insecurities into helping other writers.
What do you feel about the supportive writing community? Do you feel that insecurity is what binds us together and makes us more aware of what someone else is going through?