The Insecure Writer’s Support Group by Ninja Captain Alex
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
You’ve come a long way, baby
Four years ago this month I sat down to write and haven’t moved since. I have the cobwebs to prove it. It was on my 54th birthday – yes, you can do the math. I wasn’t online anywhere, couldn’t understand why anyone would want to be.
Then I stumbled upon a writing community one day while doing research. It was the first time in my entire freakin’ life that I’d ever met other people as strange as me. It opened my eyes to a new world, one populated with bent minds. I fit in. It was a revelation.
Soon I learned that a writer needed a blog…and Facebook…and Twitter…and an avatar…and a bio… I struggled with all the writerly acronyms – BICHOK, POV, HEA, TBR, PP, WIP, TSTL, CP, MS – words that trip off my tongue now. It was a huge learning curve.
My very first blog post said something like, “I don’t know how to blog. Is it like talking to my cat?” Kevin Mackey, who has become a dear friend to me, replied with “Yes, it is” or words to that effect. He’s one of several people I’ve clicked with, but he was the first, so thank you, Kevin, for always being so supportive.
No doubt, he’s scratching his head right now, puzzling over my singular attachment to him. You’re stuck with me, babe. Deal with it.
To those of you whom I’ve met since then, thank you for being around. For being supportive. For bringing cheer and sunshine to my days. For illuminating my nights.
We are a team – as it should be. Pay it forward. Adopt a new writer today. Make them feel welcome.