1.02.2013

insecure writers support group - set free


last night, while catching up on blog posts, i came across a blog i started following months ago. it's written by a group of writers who post a wonderfully thought provoking photo each month and ask readers to write a 1000 word story inspired by said photo. i was so intrigued by the idea and the image that i swore i'd do it. i'd put myself out there. well, i didn't. i only had two days until the deadline, and i'm horrible at short stories after all, and blah blah blah...excuses, excuses, excuses.

thinking back (and how i've *cough* managed avoiding the blog since), i started mulling over the whole "putting yourself out there" thing.

why is it so hard (for some of us) to take that leap? it took me forever to enter contests, join in on blog hops, post excerpts from my manuscripts (full disclosure: i did post blurbs here and there, only to delete them soon after), or contact other writers for critique or beta reads. being scrutinized is a terrifying thing!

but since i'm out there NOW, i might as well do this:
http://fictionfemmefatale.blogspot.com/

i'll keep myself accountable by posting the story here as well (more nausea...).

does anyone else experience total freak out over the thought of posting your work for all the world to see?

if so, hop along the fiction femme fatale story contest with me. it'll be therapeutic, and nauseating, but hopefully freeing.




**thanks to alex cavanaugh for starting the insecure writers support group!





14 comments:

  1. I agree entirely with you! I hate sharing my work as much as I love to. It's seems to be some form of oxymoron! lol

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  2. I did write a story around a photo recently, it was of an angel, but it was rejected. Thinking back on it maybe having the devil win was not the best way to write a story around the picture of an angel. :)

    I enjoy sharing my work, but for a writer lousy with grammar -- it is hard. Still it's the best way to learn, if folks are honest, polite and don't laugh too loud!

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    1. i like it yolanda! having the devil win is unexpected :)

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  3. I used to hate sharing my work, but I've gotten really good about posting it all over the internet now. For some reason though, I'm still nervous about people I know in the real world seeing my writing.

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    1. i hear you jennifer. something about getting feedback from someone you know is definitely more daunting... thanks for stopping by :)

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  4. It is hard to put yourself out there. I totally understand. But it's the connection we make when we do that make us well rounded writers. LOVE those pics!!!

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    1. totally jenny, and thanks! and, i know! aren't they amazing?! i am utterly obsessed...

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  5. I found it really hard to do in the beginning, but the more I let people see my work, the easier it becomes.

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    1. good point misha, as with anything, pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones usually quells the fear. thanks for stopping by :)

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  6. I think I have that kind of fears but what helps me big deal is that I took a course called "Loosing fear of ridicule." I was trying to become a clown then so I found the bright side at people laughing at you and the fun side of failure. I don't work as a clown but I can manage my fears better.

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    1. 'loosing fear of ridicule'...sounds pretty interesting al! thanks!

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  7. It depends on what you're doing with your writing. I don't need or want to publish my little stories - they're just for me. I'm happier with what I write when there's an audience in terms of blog readers, but I'm not looking for critiques, because the stories aren't going anywhere.

    I don't post fiction very often because it's hard for me - I'm much better at non-fiction. Sometimes I wonder if I should join more writing groups just to push myself into writing fiction, but I'm not interested in the scrutiny that comes with those groups. Nothing against that - those writers have different objectives than I do.

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    1. i hear you about the groups, i can't hang - they don't work for me. i've found a couple wonderful critique partners who love and believe in my writing and are truly supportive.

      i've only read 2 of your posts (plan to read more) and absolutely love your writing. it reads like fiction...pulls me right in and grabs me. and i think any writer worth her craft should first and foremost be writing for herself :)

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