Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Be a Badass Writer — IWSG (17)

You rock!
You are awesome!
You are you and you're special. 

Pretty darn special, I would say. Keep it cool though, because this doesn't mean you're better than anyone else. You just have something to offer the written world that no one else can. Why? Because your life, your experiences, your demeanor, and the way you see every thing that surrounds you, makes what you have to say unique. And we want to read your uniqueness. So if you were feeling down, I'm here to cheer for you.

Writers are an interesting kind of breed. We go from a high of "this is the best idea on earth" to "this just sucks monkey balls." And we torment ourselves back and forth with the same thoughts over and over . . . but we love it. Insecurity and low self-esteem is something we all feel at some point or another; I'd like to say they're practically on rotation. But since we're one of a kind, we willingly offer ourselves up to self-doubt and low moments . . . which are funny enough, the moments that bring out our brilliance. We sometimes feel that all we've written is garbage, that no one will ever want to read our work, or that we've done nothing more than waste our time. But that's not true, that's being a writer full of insecurity talking. Or just being a writer period.

We need the lows to get to the highs. Each word we write is a learning opportunity. If we take advantage of learning through our mistakes, we grow. So take pride in all that you write. Feel confident that what you have to say and how you say it means something to the rest of us. Know that the only time you fail is when you give up, and since you haven't done that (you're not allowed), then you're a badass writer. Yes, a badass writer. Embrace it and write ALL the words. Let the world revolve around you when you're writing every now and then, and give yourself an ego a boost. Heck even be a bit obnoxious about it if you must . . . but in privacy, eh? Let's not get out of hand and attack the rest of the world with our "greatness." You are great, just let that shine in your work. See that ferocious lion in the mirror and roar on that page.

No one else can share your stories the way you do. So exercise your confidence and write like it's nobody else's business . . . even though it's for everyone to read o_O . . . err, but that's for later. So tell me, are you a badass writer or what?

This post is part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group hop.
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!  Posting is first Wednesday of every month. Click here for more info.