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Do you suffer from doubts about your writing?

Don’t we all. But now, you can voice all those nagging doubts by visiting this site and signing up for the Insecure Writers Support Group


Every first Wednesday of the month you can gripe, winge and chunter about aspects of your writing that may be worrying you.

And let’s face it..we all have doubts every now and again. I know I do and I really hate to bore people with them. Being a martyr to mood swings (I have Bi-Polar 2) my ability to write or at least, my perceived ability very much hinges on the mood of the moment. If I’m in one of my ‘High’ moods I can write furiously throughout the night and into the wee small hours; and that’s not a problem..in fact it’s a wonderful, exhilarating feeling and I’m flying up there with old Icarus himself. But…it’s when I’m in ‘a mood’ when I get my doubts and insecurities.

The Black Dog snaps and snarls over my shoulder and dribbles things into my ear like..’You can’t write for toffee’ or ‘You’re a waste of space’ or ‘Why do you bother? You’ll never be a writer’.
Yes, he’s monstrous, that dog. Black Shuck of East Anglian legend has nothing on him I can assure you.


I don’t write much at those times. I daren’t because I know it’ll sound trite, idiotic, terribly amateurish and my imagined audience (which all the experts tell us to ignore or dismiss with a languid wave of the hand) will fall about laughing and have hysterics.

It’s even worse when I read another authors work and weep with despair that I’ll never be able to write like that. But reason does kick in eventually and I tell myself (yes, I have conversations with my self as well. Very in depth ones sometimes) that to write well takes bags of practice and more practice.

And submitting pieces for the Speak it’s Name Advent Calendar and getting lots of lovely comments is fabulous and does wonders for my morale. Plus the numerous comments for my blog posts.

Anyway, enough of my woes. What do you do to dispel your doubts? Do you talk to other writers about it or struggle on and hope it gets better?

Oh, and in case you’re wondering..I think this piece sucks. 😳

This is part of a blog hop for the Insecure Writers Support Group. Go over to the site (link above) and visit other writers in the group.