Insecure Writers Support Group – I’m A New Member

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I’m definitely an insecure writer.  You name me a -living – writer who isn’t.

Last month, I joined the Insecure Writers Support Group.  I’ve been reading Patsy Collins IWSG posts for years and I really don’t know why I didn’t get round to this before .

We IWSG members are asked to post on our blogs on the first Wednesday of every month, about our doubts, the fears we have conquered, our struggles and triumphs, offering words of encouragement for fellow-writers who might be struggling.  We also visit others in the group – hence the Twitter handle and hashtag in the tags to this blog post.

The biggest fear I have conquered this month is a very practical one:  how to travel from my home, deep in the Essex countryside, to the ACW Writers Retreat in the depths of the Yorkshire countryside.  Neither I, nor my ancient Ford Ka, could face the 250 mile drive.  Then, in the middle of May, my wonderful friend, Fiona, from Leeds offered me a lift from Leeds to the retreat house.  (Thank you so much, Fiona.)   I therefore booked a train from Peterborough to Leeds, but the plan to do the two-hour drive from home to Peterborough and to park my ancient banger at Peterborough station for two nights was starting to appear more and more expensive and less and less workable. However, today, my husband announced that he is visiting a musician friend in Bury St Edmunds on the day I’m travelling.  So he’s driving me to Bury (an hour’s drive, in his much better car), from where I can catch a connecting train to Peterborough.    The ACW Retreat’s a week on Friday, 16 June.  Next month, I’ll tell you how it went.  For the first time since booking it, I’m really looking forward to it.

This month we IWSG-ers are also asked Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?   My answer is Yes, twice.  First, a long time ago, when I rattled off a very hurried novel, in the space of six months, and entered it for a national and very prestigious prize.  When the typed manuscript plopped back on my doormat after less than a week, on my husband’s birthday, I howled, but now I’m so pleased it got rejected, because, when I think about what I wrote and how I wrote it, I squirm.   The second occasion was when I wrote about a local holiday club, where I was helping.  When my article published in the local rag, about one sentence of mine was used and the rest, which the staff writer supplied, was inaccurate and misleading.  The holiday club leader had to apologise to the other helpers.

What got me back?  After the passage of quite a bit of time,  the stories that kept going round and round in my bed, and needed to be put into words.  One of the deals I have made with myself in the last few years is that I will never quit again.

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13 thoughts on “Insecure Writers Support Group – I’m A New Member

  1. Welcome to the group! I’ve found IWSG to be a great way to start a productive month of writing. I hope you will too.

    Regarding your first manuscript, I think a lot of us have had that kind of experience. I had a manuscript early on that looked like it was getting somewhere, but it never made it to publication. I’m really glad it didn’t, because it would’ve been super embarrassing to have that on my resume now.

    As for what happened with your article, unfortunately some publications do that. Not all of them, but some of them. I guess it’s just part of the business. Hopefully next time you’ll work with people who’ll do right by your words.

    1. Thanks for your thoughts. That bad manuscript, I forgot about it for years, but now I’m actually recreating it, and, of course, it’s very very different, and hopefully much better written.

      1. I’m sure it will be. My first manuscript is in a drawer somewhere, and I do kind of hope I can come back to it someday and give it a second chance at life.

    1. Thank you for the welcome. I’m enjoying the many other members’ blogs I’ve read so far.

    1. Yes, I joined because a friend has been doing it for years. But over the last few days I’ve been in contact with some really interesting people all over the world.

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