Ah, it’s that time of month again! When writers of all stripes and backgrounds join forces to scream our fears into the night and hope to be shown that we’re wrong.
Welcome to Insecure Writer's Support Group Wednesday!
Today I’d like to share a fear that probably has lurked in 99% of writer’s hearts—that we’re just wasting our time.
This fear can strike at any time and at any writing level. It doesn’t matter if you’re a brand new writer or been at this for years with 20 books under your belt.
The horrifying thought that this is all a waste of time can hit anyone.
It often hits me when I’m feeling depressed (go figure) and the whole world sucks. The suckage may not even be related to writing, but that Universal Suck Monster pulls it in anyway. I begin to question why I’m doing this. Why I spend hours out of an already time crunched week to scribble down stories. Why I spend more hours editing and revising said same stories.
It also hits me when I find a favorite author who hasn’t had a book out in years. I wonder what happened to them? They had a few books make it (against great odds) then….nothing.
I know what happened to some—their publishing house pulled the plug even against decent sales. So was their work a waste of time?
Even though this nasty worry hits me way more often than it should- I think I’d have to answer NO—it’s not a waste of time (of in my dark moments, a different answer might fit ;)). I can’t seriously imagine a life with no writing in it. I just need to find a way to make the dark voices shut up.
Come and share YOUR greatest writing fear!