It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
On this Wednesday, the first in 2018, instead of venting my frustration and insecurities, I want to thank IWSG and its creator, Alex Cavanaugh, for coming up with this wonderful idea and opening up his website to all our uncertainties, to allow us to vent our resentment and chagrin in public. He even encourages it.
As a rule, our society doesn’t approve of whining or complaining. Behaving in a socially acceptable way means hiding our inner pain, camouflaging our self-doubts, and replying to any inquiry with a perky: “Fine, thank you.”
Alex went against this norm. His courage in pushing us all into acknowledging our fears and disgruntlement liberated us. Yes, not everything is status quo. Yes, we face problems in our writing lives. We talk about them once a month, and then we plod on regardless, despite the rejections, the lack of writing time, the writer’s block and many other ills besieging a writer.
To keep on writing, we need to purge our souls of bitterness first, to say what’s bothering us. We need to hear our peers’ understanding, see their comments, read their commiserating or cheering thoughts, before we could move forward. Alex made it possible.