Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Writerly Wednesday: I'm a Writer, Hear Me Roar & IWSG

Last week I talked about writers being some of the bravest people I know. This week, in honor of IWSG, I want to talk about courage. The courage to stand up and say, I'm a writer. If you haven't declared it yet, do it. Now. There's no time like the present.

Straightforward answers are affirmations. When we say it out loud, all of a sudden it takes on a new meaning. It becomes real. Concrete. I'm a writer. I'm working on such & such, and I plan on submitting it to so & so when I'm finished.

Find the courage. Harness it. Express it.

Say it. Feel it. Be it.


I'm a writer.

Every time I hear Katy Perri's song, Roar, I'm empowered by the message in the chorus. 


I got the eye of the tiger, fighter, dancing through the fire. Cause I am a champion and you're gonna hear me roar.





The Insecure Writers Support Group is a fabulous group of writers, worldwide, who come together on the 1st Wednesday of the month to offer support. It's our cyber home away from home. Alex Cavanaugh founded the group two years ago, and it has grown into a phenomenal entity. This month's co-hosts are Julie LuekRachna ChabriaBeverly Fox, and Ilima Todd. Pay them a visit and express your thanks. :)

This is an exciting time for the IWSGers. Thanks to Alex and some wonderful bloggers, we now have a cyber home! Introducing The Insecure Writers Support Group Website!! Its main goal will be to offer information and support about writing, publishing, marketing, and so much more!

And yippee! We now have a Facebook Group!!



 Don't forget to swing by and sign up to follow! 

34 comments:

  1. I am a writer and an author!
    There, I said it.
    Glad you are excited about the website and Facebook. The team was awesome pulling it all together.

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  2. Huge congrats to IWSG for the website and FB page! I'm not sure I'm a champion, but if there's any truth to the "slow and steady wins the race" thing, I've got the slow and steady part down! Have a great weekend, Candilynn! :-)

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  3. I'm a writer, and proud of it! Thanks for an inspirational post. :)

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  4. I am an author-publisher. Rawr! Great post, Candilynn.

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    1. I hear your roars all the way in Texas!

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  5. For others to take you seriously first YOU have to take yourself seriously. I'm a writer and I am working on a story I intend to query with the view of being traditionally published. :-)

    Good article!

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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    1. You're so right, Sia! Good luck with your query!!

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  6. Just this week I started describing myself as a writer to people. It felt weird :P

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    1. The more you repeat it, the easier it'll become.

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  7. Great post and one of the hardest things to admit, but stand up and shout because remember - what we voice aloud - has a habit of coming true - simply because we've offered it up to the universe! Say it, believe it, and watch it come true - with lots of hard work of course!

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  8. Whoa...thanks for reviving me up, Candilynn!!!

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  9. I liked that.... a lot! Great advice and something our inner critic, sometimes, times to stifle.

    Say it loud, say it proud :)

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    1. Inner critics can be boogers, for sure.

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  10. I am a writer. And now I'm full time, so I don't have to qualify with the other job.

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  11. I keep writing 'sad panda' posts for the IWSG but I forget that we're supposed to support and encourage each other. Thanks for the pep talk!

    I'm a writer...and I'm going to finish my story, gosh darn it! :-)

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    1. One thought about "sad panda" posts. They only make you feel worse. That's the spirit, Chris. You're a writer. Now, write that story!!

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  12. Beautiful. I love the strength in those words. I needed them! Thank you!!!!

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    1. Morgan, good to see ya here! I'm glad I could be an inspiration. :)

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  13. I get mocked at work for my writing so I just have to keep my own center intact. I must first believe in my dream if I want anyone else to believe in it, right? I write because I must. One day perhaps my novels and stories will be read and enjoyed. Until then, I must find pleasure in the creation. Thanks for an insightful post. :-)

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  14. Yes! Courage to roar! I love it!!

    Thanks so much for this! You rock!

    Write on,
    Bev
    (October IWSG co-host)

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  15. I'm also a writer and a full time software developer. Great post!

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  16. I hadn't really thought about it this way, but you're right--how can others believe in me if I don't believe in myself?
    I'm a writer! And: I'm a good writer!
    (That second part was really hard, but I think it will help to add the 'good' part too. :) )

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  17. Excellent, Candylynn! Yes, I am a writer, artist, and creative person and PROUD to be so!!!!

    Have a fantastic weekend!

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  18. I'm such a chicken. I'm not going to lie, I still have a hard time saying I'm a writer. Still more likely to say "I'm a stay at home mom."

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  19. Wow! I love that you've hung out in cemeteries and been on ghost hunts. New follower here. I'm so glad to find a new writer friend. I look forward to visiting again.

    Sylvia
    http://www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

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  20. Roland, yes, we have to believe in our dream before anyone else will even consider it. Hang on, my friend.
    Beverly, you rock, too!
    Diane, I hear you loud and clear!
    Kirsten, writers need to have faith in themselves. It's the only way for others to take us seriously.
    JRo, I hear your roar all the way in Texas. :)
    Michael, seeing your little Simon, I definitely agree. You are creative. :)
    Rachel, As I'm also a yoga instructor, I catch myself all the time. I've now moved "writer" to first on my list of what I do.
    Sylvia, Waving to a TX neighbor! Thanks for the follow. :)

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  21. I am a writer and an author! You're right, it does feel good. I definitely don;t say it enough. Since I don't support myself with my writing, it doesn't always feel real. I need to say it more, put conviction behind it, and most importantly...believe it! The IWSG website is pretty sweet. I need to explore the self-publishing resources more.

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