IWSG January 2015

Quote of the Day:  Abandoned to the whims of others, we must wander daily through the wish to be loved and the fear of rejection before we can be productive. Categorized “good” or “bad” from birth (a “good” baby does not cry too much) we become so enmeshed with the tenuous threads of approval/disapproval that we are creatively paralyzed. We see with others’ eyes and smell with others’ noses…Success/failure is a side product of the approval/disapproval syndrome. Trying to succeed or giving in to failure drains us. Viola Spolin, genius of improvisational techniques, theatre, and the psychology of group play/dynamics, from her book Improvisation for the Theater, third edition. Viola Spolin speaks my language. She boldly names those psychological hang-ups that block us in our creative life. When we worry about approval/disapproval, we truly are paralyzed. Today is the first Wednesday of the month when members of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group post their fears and navigate the webosphere in hopes of supporting one another and lifting each other up. Everyone has insecurities at one time or another. That whole approval/disapproval thing seems to be at the heart of it. Visit the founder of this group, Alex J. Cavanaugh, to read more posts on this topic, or join. After reading a few posts for this month, I realized we were asked to write a short intro about ourselves. I am a...

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