Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Insecure Writers Support Group: Faith

Insecure Writers Support Group is on for September! Special thanks to Alex for doing this monthly meme.   I don't know how he does it.  Oh, wait.  He does have some help this month: Chemist Ken, SL Hennessy, Michelle Wallace, and Joylene Nowell Butler!  Thanks guys!  Don't forget to visit our awesome IWSG helpers.  Oh, and use the hashtag, #IWSG.

I made a ton of progress last month finalizing my book, Blessed Blood, for publication.  I don't have a date yet but soon.  Every time I feel I get closer to finalizing this project another set back happens in life.  

What's frustrating for me is these life mishaps throw off any momentum I've gained.  Its not like I have to start over from scratch, but it's irritating just the same.  Sometimes when this happens, I start feeling extremely insecure about my book.  Or frankly any other project I'm working on.  The good news is now I have an automatic retort when such pessimism attacks me.  What's that?  Well, whenever doubt hits me hard, I tend to yell back these words:
"Have some fu**ing faith, would ya?"

Believe it or not it works!  I think that's my positive takeaway this month.  Apparently, now I can argue with myself at will whenever I have doubt.  I'm slowly learning how to deal with these pestering insecurities.  Isn't that a good thing?

How are you learning to deal with your insecurities this month?   Any tricks you want to share that don't include talking to yourself?


Elise Fallson said...

"Have some fu**ing faith, would ya?"
This is now my new kick-in-the-butt. Exactly what I need today.
A kick in the butt.
You're almost there Mina!
E is over

S. L. Hennessy said...

Sounds dumb, but I always think of Nemo...

Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. It helps a lot, when I think I'm going to crumble.

And seriously, the moment your book comes out I can't wait to read it. I always love your blog posts, and I cannot wait to see what your full piece novels are like!!

Happy 2 years IWSG!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes, have faith! It feels like an uphill battle, but once you crest the top, all that energy will propel you forward.

Nancy Gideon said...

One step forward, two steps back. Momentum is so tricky when real life keeps intruding. But even half a step, a stumble really, is getting you to your destination. Don't get discouraged!

Laura said...

Faith and positive thinking can do wonders :)

Emma Adams said...

That's a great motivator! A good thing to keep in mind when the universe seems to be against you!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Uhhh, talking to myself, especially muttering when I think I'm alone (but usually am not) is one of the biggies.

I also keep something called a Worry Wart journal, which I occasionally open up to do a little ranting about my latest insecurity.

Funny, but whenever I look back at the previous entry, I usually shake my head and mutter, "Gee, what a whiner I was being!" Then I go ahead and type out my new complaints ... ;)

J.L. Campbell said...

I've mastered the art of talking to myself. I'm a believer to taking the focus off myself helps when I can't see my way.

Lexa Cain said...

I identify with you completely. Why does everything take longer than you think it will, and why is it so easy to get bogged down in things that take you away from your WIP? *sigh* I'll never figure out the answer, but you have faith and I have patience so hopefully we'll get there some day! :-)

Damyanti said...

Each time I began a novel someone in my family died. Thank god I only began two. I mean to finish this current I know what you're talking about in terms of setbacks. Here's hoping all is good in your life and your writing soon!

Michael Pierce said...

A little faith can go a long way. But I like your saying much more, which I will scream at the top of my lung on my drive into work tomorrow (after I drop off the little one, of course). Congrats on the near-release of your book. The cover's really cool. :)

michelle said...

Mina, sounds like you're in the home stretch.
Keep moving... onward and upward sister!
I'm rooting for you!
Writer In Transit

Georgina Morales said...

Keep pushing forward. It's always hard and life doesn't always align with our plans, but your motto is a great one. Have faith in you and don't stop. Best of luck!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I think your attitude is awesome, Mina. I bet it's making a world of difference, even if you're not totally aware. Best of luck with your book.

Gloria Sigountos said...

Nice, I may try using that some time. my problem is I just feel like I'm constantly chasing the Muse, and i just remind myself that if this were easy everyone would do it.