Alex J. Cavanaugh, author of CassaStar started this wonderful thing called the Insecure Writers' Support Group. The idea is that we all need someone to lean on from time to time. Some of us are lucky enough to be surrounded by fellow writers, be it in college, a literary-related job, or just the bookworm-stuffed coffee house downtown. For the rest of us, though, this group is pretty much all we’ve got.
My main problem, I suppose, is not so much my ability to write, but my ability to stand by it. In other words, I think my writing’s pretty good. Difficulties arise, though, when it comes time for me to defend my work, or worse, “sell” it. Giving out my work is the hardest thing to do, and when my prospective beta-readers blow it off, or forget about it, or otherwise ignore it, I can’t help but feel that my writing is crap. No one’s come out and said point blank that it sucks, and I know most people just don’t read these days, and for every “blow-off” I usually three or four positive responses. Still, I can’t shake the negative feelings I get when faced with less-than-enthusiasm.
Ultimately, I just have to learn that words are what’s important, not the approval of others. Obviously, writers write to read, and without readers, what’s the point of us? More important than even reader, though, are the words themselves, and if I let my insecurities psych me into not writing in the first place, then I’ve truly lost.