This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG), a wonderful blog hop for writers of all kinds; those new to writing, those who are old hands at it, those who do it full time and those who just write when they can. For more details go to the main sign-up page, and make sure to drop by a few blogs while you’re there.
Each month the IWSG posts a question that can be used in the next blog post, as a guide for sharing thoughts and advice to fellow writers. This month the question is:
Writers have secrets! What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work?
I’m not sure about my writerly secrets, but one thing that’s for sure is that I’ve kept my identity as a writer a secret from most people for a very long time. My reasons for this vary:
- I’ve never thought my writing good enough for me to earn the title of ‘writer’.
- I’ve not had the confidence to show my writing to more than a handful of people.
- My impostor syndrome prevents me from moving forward with my writing in any meaningful way for fear of being found out as a fraud.
- I worry that people will mock me and wonder how I could possibly think I’d be any good as a writer.
- I’m heading towards 40 and am now paranoid that I’ve left it too late to make any kind of success out of my writing.
I know I’m not alone in thinking these things about my writer self, which is one of the things I love about this online writer community. It’s a boost to be among like-minded people that I can bounce ideas off and spill all my worries to. Thank you for that, by the way.
And now that I’ve actually written these so-called ‘reasons’ down and removed them from my head space, I feel like I’m better able to tackle my insecurities and just get on with my writing.
After all, the bottom line is that I write for me; it’s something I enjoy and it gives me a sense of purpose and achievement. I’m sure that I will share my stories with more people at some point; in some ways it’s easier to send them out to people I don’t know (competitions, publications, etc.) than to have them read by people I do know.
A good first step for me towards this goal is sharing my words with you lovely folk, so thank you for reading my ramble.
How about you, do you have any writing secrets?