Wednesday, August 7, 2013

August IWSG

Are you a real writer? Really? 
Comic courtesy of http://inkygirl.com/wwfc/
Simple answer: If you write, you're a writer. Children's author, Kate DiCamillo in an interview recalls a college professor saying she should go to grad school because she had a way with words. She ran out and purchased several black turtlenecks so she could look like a writer. *giggling* But, we've all been there, haven't we? In this interview, Ms. DiCamillo expresses her fears of being a writer. I think what I enjoyed most was her honesty. 



Phenomenal interview. In all seriousness, folks, it's okay for you to say the words. I am a writer. Now, get your butt in the chair and write. If it helps to run out and buy up all the black turtlenecks in your county, then by all means, do so. Whatever it takes.


Okay, IWSG members, let's all say it together. 
WE ARE WRITERS. 

The Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG) is the brainchild of author, Alex J. Cavanaugh. It's a group of writers from all over the world who come together on the first Wednesday of the month to express our fears of writing and / or offer encouragement to others. A huge thank you to his co-hosts this month; M. PaxKaren Walker, and Melissa Maygrove. If you'd like to participate, you can join by signing up at the IWSG link above. 

It's okay to say, I'm a writer and I'm insecure. You're certainly not going to lose your next book contract because you're honest with the world.

Go. Be writerly, y'all~ 



36 comments:

  1. Great post, wonderful interview! I love the comic strip and can really relate to the words. Ironically, I'm on about my fifth cup of coffee right now and it's only 8:41 a.m., LOL

    I still squirm like mad if I have the nerve to actually call myself a writer, since I have nothing published yet. But does that make it any less true? IDK.

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  2. No, it doesn't. Remember, if you write, you're a writer. :)

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  3. If we write, we are writers!
    Funny, she had to think about how many books she wrote before answering.

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    1. I know, right. I've listened to several of her interviews. They're always brutally honest and real. One, I listened to on a podcast, maybe two years ago. She recalled a story from her childhood when she copied something from one of her favorite books and turned it in at school, saying she wrote it. I laughed and I cried. As a young girl, I remember wanting to do that very same thing, but never had the guts. In a way, I'm glad I didn't. But then I wonder, she did. She had the guts to do so, even though it was wrong. She wanted to be a writer so bad. She talked about all the ways she learned from her experience. I love her honesty.

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  4. I struggle sometimes, in this circle of writers, with my place in the writing world. Right now, I don't have any book aspirations. It's on the bucket list, but right now, I love writing shorter article type pieces. I am a writer. Just not a writer like most people I hang with .

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    1. It takes all kinds to make this writerly world spin around, Julie. :)

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  5. Hi, Candi! I love that interview. I think it's a good idea to acknowledge feelings like insecurity, but then I have to start to dig into why I feel inferior and see if that makes sense. I also think about my resilience in the face of adversity. It part of journey to confidence.

    Just a few thougts. Happy IWSG day!

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    1. You're so right, Molly. My blocks with confidence stem from childhood. I've been healing the "little one" for years now. She's so close. She can almost reach out and touch happiness. Pretty soon, she'll grab a hold of it and fly high. :D

      Happy IWSG day to you as well!

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  6. As Victor Standish says, "It's not what they call you; it's what you answer to that counts!"

    Hemingway would say that we are what we do. We can call ourselves writers but unless we write each day, we are merely dreamers.

    Discipline will get us in that chair or into that Yoga position even when our minds wish us eleswhere, right? Loved the cartoon. :-)

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  7. I love her! It took me forever to actually start writing. My name is Gwen and I AM A Writer.

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  8. Never thought a turtle neck would help, but I'm willing to try anything! :)

    Great advice - wonder why it's so hard to say. I'm a writer!?

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    1. Yolanda, love your new pic!! I'm not sure why most writers tend to be insecure.

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  9. I even dare to say I'm an author these days. :) Since I'm about to put a new book out in the world, I'm hiding from anything that can spur insecurities. Because I always fear the whole thing sucks at this stage and I don't need any outside influences adding to it.

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    1. Mary, If I were you, I'd have a t-shirt that read, I. Am. Writer. See. Me. Write. :D

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  10. Wow, great interview. Thanks so much for sharing it!

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  11. Hello. My name is Jennifer, and I'm a writer.

    Seriously, though. I'm still having trouble telling people that I'm a writer. I usually just say "I write." Which is a weird way of saying it, but I guess I just feel like calling myself a writer opens me up to criticism. Of the bad kind.

    Love the interview. "I'm gonna be a writer, and I'll be rich and famous." I love that. It sounds like me ten years ago.

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  12. I am a writer!
    There. I feel better. :)

    August co-host and IWSG #110

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    1. You rock. Thx for helping Alex this month!!

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  13. Interesting that she refers to the years she didn't write as wasted--I disagree. I think we write when we're ready, and don't need validation or permission to jump in. Whether or not we publish, we are writers!

    Now where did I put my black turtleneck? ;)

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    1. I know right. When I'm headed out the door for writerly meetups, I glance in the mirror and ask, "Do I look authorly?"

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  14. I love being a writer, I do have to remind myself sometimes if I'm a writer I have to... write.

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  15. That was a great interview. I read your post and watched the interview on my lunch break...but then didn't have enough time to comment. It's hard calling myself a writer and an author when it isn't what's paying my bills...but I have to get past that...believe that I am now, write, and the rest will fall into place. I never got into turtle necks, but I did wear all black for awhile. Does that count? :)

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    1. I know, Michael. It's tough. I think the hardest thing for me is when I say I'm a writer, listening to their reply, "Oh, what have you published?" Ugh. And yes, I think all black counts.

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  16. That is a great interview. I loved her advice about how to write. It's so important to make time to write, because unless you're writing, you can't call yourself a writer.

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  17. Yes, I always thought black outfits seemed writerly. :)

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    1. Black is stylish, sophisticated, and mysterious, and if you mix it with a smidgen of orange or pink, it's also fun. :)

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  18. That cartoon sure hit the crux of writerly insecurity. When you write, you're afraid of rejection. If a miracle happens and you get an agent, you worry the novel won't sell. If it sells, what if the editor makes you rewrite the whole thing? If you do and it pubs, what if everyone hates it?

    It's exhausting being a writer...

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    1. Rejection sucks, but so part of the process. And I'm so there at this very moment. Exhausting? You bet. *pant, pant* But man, it's so worth every bit of energy.

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  19. Very funny and timely that you posted this post, because in a couple of weeks I'm actually getting a tattoo on my back that says "writers write." You're so spot on. If you write, you're a writer!!!

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    1. No. Way. A tattoo, really? Oooh, I'd love to see a sketch of your design! Even though I have a gigantic fear of needles, ever since I turned 40, oh, a few years ago, I've considered a small one. With a tree, something yogi-oriented, with something writerly. It needs to encompass ME. I'll probably never, ever have the nerve, but I've got sketches going. I say, go for it!

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