Insecure Writers Support Group has returned for another year of insecurity. A big thanks to the man who created this phenomenon, Alex J. Cavanaugh. This monthly meme is a great way to reflect on your writing insecurities every month so that you can toss them out and focus on the positive stuff. If you aren't familiar with #IWSG and want to know more, click here and check it out!
Lately, I've been doing really great getting back into the swing of things. I've been able to balance work and family nicely and do a fair amount of writing which has me extremely pleased. Sometimes there are instances in my life where I recognize a parallel of what's happening in my writing career. That happened to me recently and I thought I'd share it with you.
On Friday afternoons, I take my kids to the park where they meet up with their friends and play like their lives depended on it. My son has gotten into a routine where he and a handful of other boys play down and dirty football. It always starts out as touch, but then after a good hour it turns more aggressive. These 7,8, and 9-year olds are very serious about their football. It's pretty adorable to watch them call plays. One play I watched had me roaring. I watched my son who was holding the ball steady for the kicker--yeah, we all know the play and the way its supposed to go. But to my absolute shock and slight horror, I watched my son pull a Lucy. Yes, he did. And I never laughed so hard in my life--God love him.
Later I had to explain that he couldn't do that. I explained that it was okay to be afraid but to pull away like that wasn't good. "You have to stay tough to support your team," I said, hiding a smile. He's getting the hang of it, and I'm supporting him along the way. This brings me back to that parallel in my writing I mentioned. There are two actually. In one scenario, I am Charlie Brown, focused on my sole goal of connecting with the ball i.e. my novel and actually launching the darn thing. Lucy represents my hurdles and the fact that they feel endless when it comes to finalizing things. The other scenario is--I am both Charlie and Lucy and it's me that keeps screwing things up. Yeah, it's probably the second one. *Sigh*
Can you relate? I find that writing these ridiculous thoughts down does help. Thank you IWSG for all the love and support. I saw this image and thought of you. In case you haven't guessed, I'm good ol' Chuck and ISWG is the ultimate BFF, Snoopy.
What type of insecurities are you faced with this month?