5 Mar 2014

IWSG Post -- March 2014


This is my first ever IWSG post, and I'm really excited to be a part of this community. For a few years now, I've been watching from the sidelines when it comes to things like IWSG, and it brings me great pleasure to say I've finally started to take part in this writing community.

The biggest insecurity in terms of writing is not being good enough. This fear of rejection is the biggest force keeping my writing from being published. Although this isn't healthy for my writing career, it's a feeling that refuses to be ignored.

My parents are not supportive of my writing career either. Writing is an easy way out in their opinion.

College life is keeping me busy too.

All of the above reasons are reasons (or more like excuses) that I haven't been writing much. There is no other explanation as to why I haven't been writing so much lately. Yes, I am aware that this makes me a loser when it comes to writing. But as of right now, that cannot be helped unfortunately.

But one thing that I will promise: I will be back. Soon.

A piece of exciting news: I am participating in A-Z this year. I am beyond excited for this opportunity!

19 comments:

  1. I just joined up with IWSG last month after seeing it around for awhile. The A to Z hop is fun but a lot of work. I signed up but now I'm not sure I have the time to plan it out. Hmmm.

    It's hard when family isn't supportive of artistic dreams. I see a lot of writers, myself included, who only allowed themselves to go that route after years in a career (or for some, after young children have grown). Given writing for a living is tough to do, many of us have day jobs. Maybe assuring your family you have solid career plans of some sort will ease their worry; you can do whatever you like in your free time as an adult. :)

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  2. It's hard when your parents are at odds with your choices. But power on! And I'll be doing A to Z too.

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  3. Don't beat yourself up for not writing so much during this time in your life. Just keep yourself and your mind open to all the amazing ideas that are surrounding you every day - scenes, lines of dialogue, characters, funky words, etc - jot them down, play with them, take some of the pressure off yourself and just have fun with your imagination.

    See you around the A-Z Challenge!

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  4. I am not a writer but I suffer from a lot of insecurity with my crafts and jewelry and stuff. It's hard to put myself out there just to get knocked down.

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  5. I hear you there, I can suggest something that worked for me ad helped me finish my first novel, it took me 5 years, but it would have taken longer if I did not try last year to simply write one line a day, I would miss days of course, but I would just count the days I missed and add those lines, it sounds like nothing but it helped me a lot, good luck with collage and writing :)

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  6. Glad to have you! The first Wed of the month is one of my favourite times. You're never a loser if you write for yourself.

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  7. You are not a writing loser. You're in college. You have plenty to do. Give your talent time to develop and delve into the many experiences you can have right now. They will give you fodder for your writing in the future.

    Love,
    Janie

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  8. I've encouraged 2 of my 5 children to become writers. They have talent. I'm surprised your parents are not supportive. Though, my husband wasn't supportive at all of my writing. Not until I published my first book 7 months ago. Nice to meet you Gina. College is tough and time consuming. If you persevere you will write that novel...

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  9. Just write and write some more whenever you get chance, and if you don't get chance don't, the time will come indeed

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  10. It sucks when you don't have support from parents :/
    And yeah I know how you feel about college stress, good luck with everything!

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  11. If you love it then you should do it. Put your time into your studies, but your spare time is yours. Do what you enjoy with no apologies. Work at it and see what happens.

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  12. Being a writer isn't necessarily easy. One, it can be lonely. Two, there can be a lot of rejection.

    Glad you joined.

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  13. Welcome to IWSG. I think it's fine for you to take breaks from writing if you need to because college comes with a lot of demands. But I hope that you will continue to define for yourself what is important to you, and if you want to be a writer, go for it. =)

    Many best-selling authors who have written great books have experienced rejection, so if you ever get rejected, don't let it bring you down.

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  14. Gina! I totally and completely support your writing! A lot of your blogs and writings are filled with many types of emotions that convey a lot of feelings to me, one of your awesome readers. I also think that you shouldn't feel fear about rejection for your writing: it's an obstacle that I feel that almost every writer has to accomplish, but it's also shows growth for your writing. There's no need to be sad if your parents are supportive of your writing or your passion for it. That's totally what friends are for! And although college is taking a lot of your time, don't forget to make time for yourself and for your passion! :)

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  15. I've had 2 novels published and I still berate myself almost every day for not having enough discipline. We are our worse critics. That's why IWSG is so important. It reminds us we're not alone, nor are we without friends. Glad you joined our little fellowship, Gina! Happy IWSG. oh, and sorry I'm late.

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  16. No excuses Gina. Your passion will be back soon and the A-Z challenge is great for that.

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  17. I just write what is on my mind and I mainly create cards but Alex J is amazing. You must do what you know and feel is right despite what people, even those closest to you, think or feel. I don't like the term "loser"-you are in college and you are busy. You have joined the iwsg and that is a great start. You will write when inspiration hits you. If you write and it never gets published well you are still ahead of millions(!) of people who do not even get that far mainly due to fear and life diverting you from this one path. Keep your spirits high, pad yourself on the back and be happy that you have joined the A to Z Challenge-you are ahead of me already with this as I don't consider myself a true writer and actually am scared of the A to Z :)

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  18. I think most of us feel things like that, sometimes more than others. You could look at the flipside of it and think of not being good enough as a reason to keep striving to improve. I hope you enjoy the A-Z, it's a great way to get energised about writing and it teaches discipline, too. I'm not taking part this year but look forward to seeing what you've got up your sleeve.

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  19. I don't think I could ever participate in an A-Z, April is finals month. :(

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