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IWSG Wednesday!

Another month has gone by and it’s time for another post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.  The amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this phenomenal group just over two years ago.

InsecureWritersSupportGroupThe group meets on the first Wednesday of every month. It’s a safe haven where writers can admit their insecurities and put their anxieties out into the world, without fear of criticism or embarrassment. If you’d like to join our support group, please click on the image to your left. You won’t regret it!

I’ve always been afraid to put my writings out in the open. I’ve never let people read my stories or essays, unless they were my teachers. I’ve always been afraid of what people would think. Then I noticed, when I started writing about what happened with my bleed two years ago, I didn’t really care what anyone thought. I needed to let it out. I started getting some feedback; and it made me feel OK. If one person wanted to read about my illness, cared enough to reach out and say something positive, then maybe someone would want to read my stories too.

After being Blitzed earlier this week, I made it a point to try to thank every blogger, tweep and Facebooker who commented on my page. I found so many unbelievable blogs; I fell in love. There are so many people out there, just like me; trying hard to overcome their fears and insecurities; to tell the stories they’ve wanted to tell. Heck, I have a ton.

I am going to keep doing what I always do. Write. But instead of just writing, this time I will actually submit.

I went so far as to sign up for a flash fiction contest. I am going to throw my fear out the window because I’ve already committed. I don’t know how the story will turn out, but I know that I am going to try my best. ((Gulp)). Win or lose, at least it will be out there and I will have gotten over one major fear.

That’s all I have for this month’s IWSG.

As a side note, I’m sorry I haven’t posted Part 5 yet, but I had to take care of this first. Part 5 of my Stroke journey is nearly done and should be posted no later than Saturday.

Until next time, love you guys!

 

36 thoughts on “IWSG Wednesday!

    • Hi Alex! My blog is graced with your presence again! Celebrity status at Lily’s Place. I have definitely come across some wonderful blogs through the IWSG. It is because of my participation in this group that I finally decided to write about my illness. I never really talked about it in depth with anyone because I didn’t want to feel like I was burdening anyone with my thoughts and feelings. But at some point, I had to let it go. I’m holding you partly responsible for that Ninja Captain! 😀

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  1. It can be a little intimidating putting one’s work out there for others to read. But it can also serve as a confidence builder. Plus I think it’s always beneficial when we are pushed outside our comfort zone. I look forward to reading your stories. Good luck. 🙂

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    • Hi Tom! Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. You are so right. It is intimidating for me to even think about putting my work out there for people to read. I know I have to start somewhere. Like you said, the more I’m pushed out of my comfort zone, the more beneficial it will be. I know the more I put my stories out there, the more confidence I’ll gain over time. Thanks again for some great advice.

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  2. Awesome! Flash fiction is such a blast, and there are some pretty awesome blogs out there, eh? It makes me wish my time stopper hadn’t broken down so I could enjoy them all. (Or maybe Alex J. Cavanaugh stole the working one. Hm.) Regardless, at least it gives me an excuse to each cheese while waiting for the repairs. 😉

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    • I’m trying to be anyway. I’ve got a lot to unload. I consider myself both lucky and blessed to have a friend like you that has stuck with me from Day 1. Hugs right back. 🙂

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