Question of the Day: In your writing, what stress you the most? What delights you?

Today is another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. You can also visit the founder Alex J. Cavanaugh for more info and links.

I’ll start by answering this month’s question. I get stressed about criticism. It can shut me down. I worry about details and getting things right. On the other hand, I have a love a learning, so digging in and discovering more about a topic, place or person is delightful! Also, when people tell me that they connected with my writing in some way gives me a lift. It affirms that what I’m doing has value and that people appreciate it. One of the best compliments I’ve received is, “You put into words how I feel.” The highlight was when I wrote and produced a play. Watching the audience react to my story and characters with tears, laughter, comments, and applause was wonderful.

I’ll keep this post short today. I also need to get to a theater review of the touring production of Fiddler on the Roof. (short preview: It was gorgeous!)

Go. Create. Inspire!

Happy Holidays! Don’t let the details stress you out. Enjoy time with people you love doing the things that give you life.

Journaling Prompt: How do you keep stress in check in your writing life, the holidays, or any other time?