Today's post is a regular one that you see the first Wednesday of each month. It's part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group founded by Alex Cavanaugh. If you'd like to find out more about joining, click HERE to visit Alex's blog. He's the author of CassaStar, CassaFire, and the coming-soon CassaStorm as well as being a super-nice blogger. Want to join this group? Find the linky list HERE.
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Dear Insecure Writer,
Let me assure you that you will have days when you think you are crazy for continuing to write. You'll read your own work and cringe at the thought of others reading it. You will wish for a day when you have nothing to do but read, watch movies, and stare at the sky...All. Day. Long.
And you'll ask yourself, "Is it worth it? Worth the sacrifice that I make or my family makes? Will I ever write a bestseller?"
I can't answer that. Seriously cannot answer because who knows if it will rain tomorrow. The weather man can predict, but he's sometimes wrong.
I can tell you that if you continue to try, you have a chance. It's a better chance than that of the person who is watching another episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and doesn't have time to write.
Let's talk for a minute about writers supporting each other and the power of inspiration.
A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Romance Writers of America National Conference. It was one of the coolest conferences I've ever attended. I learned so much from all the sessions. I got to visit with my writer friends who live across the country--Abbie Roads, Kim Meyer, and Lori Freeland. I met new friends--like Celeste Easton.
One writer friend I've known online for years, Ciara Knight, brought me and my roomie gift bags with a gourmet cupcake and bottled water. How cool is that!
Hopefully, I didn't embarrass myself when I went all fan girl over Jennifer Armentrout and Darynda Jones. I met Katie McGarry. I acted as a book signing assistant to Cathy Maxwell.
Then I attended the RITA/Golden Heart awards ceremony on the last night. It was freaking awesome. Why? Because I got to listen to writers give thank you speeches and talk about their struggles. Yeah. They asked themselves those same questions I mentioned earlier. The speeches were humorous, humble, and heartfelt.
Congratulations to all those winners, and I offer my congratulations to you for continuing to write one more page, one day at a time.