I said it out loud-it must be official!

It’s time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog post!

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 can join the IWSG Here. Give it a try!

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Remember, the question is optional!

December 1 question – In your writing, what stresses you the most? What delights you?

The awesome co-hosts for the December 1 posting of the IWSG are PJ Colando, Diane Burton, Louise – Fundy Blue, Natalie Aguirre, and Jacqui Murray!


Lately, the thing that stresses me the most is wondering if there is any point to what I am writing. I have learned to deal with my inner critic/perfectionist/nag. That inner person is always there, but it’s easier these days to tell it to not be so uptight. On the other hand, the voice saying, “There is not a person in the world that is interested in what you have to say, Lori,” is much harder to ignore. When that voice gets to me, I quit writing whatever I am working on and try to find a more interesting idea. But in most cases I go back to the project. I figure that no one is making people read what I write. People are welcome to click the red x and put me on ignore. I hope not everyone does though. I’d hate to prove that voice right!

Just saying “I am a writer,” out loud is fabulous. My brain seems to be wired for writing, but until recently I rarely said, “I’m a writer,” to people. Now I do (in appropriate circumstances of course. I don’t just announce it to rooms at large), and I have to say that it feels pretty cool.

Peace and love (and sometimes sarcasm!)


4 thoughts on “I said it out loud-it must be official!

  1. Natalie Aguirre December 1, 2021 / 9:54 am

    I wonder if it’s worth it sometimes too. But I enjoy the process of writing and am okay with only my critique group reading what I write if that’s what ends up happening.


  2. Jacqui Murray December 5, 2021 / 3:07 pm

    Once you find your voice, you won’t have to wonder anymore. That is one of the hardest parts of writing.


  3. Samantha Bryant December 7, 2021 / 9:39 pm

    It is lovely, claiming the title for yourself. And it’s all worth it. Even if the words you write now don’t end up publishable, they are part of the path that will get you there! @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act


  4. Nick Wilford January 2, 2022 / 3:44 am

    It might be hard to do, but don’t think about what other people will think while you’re writing or whether anyone will read it. A good story will find readers, but thinking about it is distracting. Here’s to a great writing year in 2022.


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