Quote of the Day: Plot grows out of character. If you focus on who the people in your story are, something is bound to happen. Anne Lamott
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.
Question of the Month: When you set out to write a story, do you try to be more original or do you try to give readers what they want?
I try to be original, but that’s impossible. When I relax and write what comes to mind, it ends up working out better. It seems that being able to write about an experience that people can relate to, in a way that they understand or have even gone through themselves, is the best way to connect them to the story. Many times, I have written something that I think, “Anybody could have written this,” turns out to be the part that people tell me they liked the most, because I “Put into words what they were thinking, feeling, and experiencing.”
I’m packing for a writer’s retreat, and I am overcome by imposter syndrome. I don’t know if I’m actually as dedicated to the craft as the other writers seem to be. I think that I don’t have an original thing to write/say. Then, I reread the quote of the day. Plot grows out of character. I love inventing characters. I’ve been talking to imaginary friends for as long as I can remember. They have found their place on the pages I write, and I’ve given them a story. I need to relax and let them live out this story and enjoy the process. Even if I’m a bit of a poser at this retreat, at least I showed up, and I really enjoy hanging out with other authors. Wish me luck!
Go. Create. Inspire!
Journaling Prompt: Did you ever go to summer camp? Were you nervous? Have you been to an artist retreat? It’s like summer camp to me. How did it go?
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Packing for a writer’s retreat? That sounds like fun!! You are no imposter. You are a writer. What you do with it is your decision.
Learn lots and have fun at the retreat.
Thanks, T. It’s going very well!
Good luck at the writing retreat. I am definitely like you in wondering if I’m as dedicated to others to my writing. I know I’m not and don’t spend as much time on it as others. But I’m busy with work, my blog, and taking care of my mom. I can’t do more now.
We have only so many hours in a day, and energy for what we need to do. I’m finding that carving out a little time, here and there, makes a difference. I’m glad I’m on this retreat.
Go enjoy the conference! You do belong there.
I hope you have an awesome time at your retreat! I’ve never been to one myself. I didn’t start dedicating much time toward writing until after my kids were born, and then I felt guilty any time I considered leaving them behind to do my own thing. Darn irrational emotions. But it is those emotions that people click with, which is why your scenes draw readers.
Are you a writer? Then no imposter!
Thanks, Diane. I’m feeling like I fit in, now.
You absolutely belong in this group of people. Go and inspire them!
Thank you, Lee!
A writer’s retreat? I’ve never ever been to a writer’s retreat/conference/camp. Maybe one day…
Have fun, Mary!
Thank you. I’m having a blast. What a wonderful, supportive group I’m in. My one on one with the instructor today was very affirming. I have new found motivation to continue writing!