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I've been creative writing all my life, though with various haitus(es) along the way. IFrom 2010 I started this blog and enjoyed sharing writing and other information with everyone. illness and bereavement supplied the more recent hiatus.

Thursday 6 October 2011

Insecure Writer's Support Group #1

Thanks to Alex J Cavanagh for this opportunity to share our writerly woes.

I read a great quote that said that you must be very determined to be a writer and believe in what you are writing.

I spent a morning researching for my new WIP and I am hoping that armed with enough information those voices will dissolve and I will feel back to full writing confidence.

I do know that this first blogging year has been a great boost to my creative ego.

I do appreciate everyone's positive comments and support.

Getting feedback, information and opportunities to hone my writing skills in the various blogfest challenges people have created has made such a difference to my writing maturity.

So thank you to everyone for your wonderful support and encouragement.


  1. I love the research part. I'm working on that now, too. Keep writing!

  2. Hi Madeleine .. it's great isn't it how much support for each other we can achieve and give .. in whatever field we're 'sort of' in ..

    So many with parents or relatives who are ill or struggling, carers in those situations and writers of all genres ..

    Well done - as they all say - one step forward .. cheers Hilary

  3. I'm one of these who writes 1000 words and then runs out of steam! I envy those who write 100K manuscripts then have to cut-- I always have the opposite problem. Right now I'm adding 20K words to my wip, filling in scenes, depth, details, etc to make it a real novel.

  4. Keep at it Madeleine. We are all on this long journey together. Patience, persistence, and determination will get was where we want to go.

    Continue honing you craft, enfold yourself in the love of our community, and all will be well.

    This was an amazing year for me. I have LEARNED so much and have met such wonderful people.

    You were on of the first. I remember the first blogfest I entered was on you site.

    What a fantastic year of blogging!

  5. Even blogging can have its highs and lows. It happened to me once. Was 'out of commission' for 2 months. Fortunately I managed to 'recover' in time.Thankful that I did!
    Beautiful write!


  6. You are so talented with your blog. I love that screwed up paper on red. You know I am perfectly happy with my writing, because I know it's the best I can produce at this moment in time. It's not perfect, but it's me.

  7. And thank you for sharing your many creative pieces here - I certainly enjoyed every one of them!! Yay! take care

  8. You are definitely not a nobody. You are talented, wise, and important. :) I believe and support you and together we shall realize our dreams.

  9. Hey Madeleine. It's true: trust your gut, follow your heart and believe in your writing. The rest will fall into place. Don't give up.

  10. Hi Madeleine,
    Ah yes, those discordant voices...seems much like my 'cacophony of confusing chatter'....
    Now then, my blog is getting close to being five years old. And apparently, it remains a 'well-kept' secret. I cannot believe anyone would want to read my futile attempts at some kind of intelligible formulation of writing.
    However, you, my dear friend, are the very epitome of fine writing and indeed, you embrace the ethos of positive interaction amongst us in the great blogging community. For that, I'm grateful for your wonderful support and encouragement.
    With respect and kind wishes, Gary :)

  11. hey!
    just stopping by from Alex Cavanaugh's blog... on the Insecure Writer's Support Tour!
    and i agree with u.. trust ur gut/heart and do what u want
    steve jobs put it best in his speech that has been in the news to the stanford grads

  12. Hmm... not sure how you got into my brain but I'll let it pass :-)

    I'm glad you're here Madeleine.

  13. I enjoy reading your work, Madeleine. Keep writing :)

  14. Thanks everyone for your support and encouragement.

    Bless you Old Kitty, Michael, Gary and brokennib for your lovely comments.

  15. You are in the right place for encouragement! I wish I'd begun blogging before signing my first contract. I was really on my own at that time.
    Stay plugged in and don't give up!

  16. First of all, may I say WOW, you got all those followers in ONE year? That's way impressive. I haven't even hit one hundred yet.

    Second, I agree. Blogging and joining blog support and critique groups, and blogfests have been a tremendous help! They've forced me to share my work with people (which I HATE doing) and I've learned that it's not as bad as I thought it would be.

    Anyway, great blog post. I'm really glad I stopped by!
    - http://pensuasion.blogspot.com/

  17. Oh bless you thanks S.L. Hennessy. Yes I guess I must be doing somrthing right LOL!

    Alex -Yes I did a 9 month creative writing course and I feel I didn't start really learning how to write until afterwards when the blogging began and the comments flew in and the challenges were set and tackled.One of the best things for me was micro and flash fiction, so I could hone what I had written into something more punchy.

  18. Madeleine, we are all insecure, all writers. I don't have a bullet-proof (or rejection letter-proof) jacket either. But the more we encourage one another, as well as suggest ways to "punch up" a piece (or catch a typo, in case you are considering submissions), the better our whole community is. You write from the heart. You write because you MUST, not because you may. So keep it up, and thanks. Amy

  19. Found you via Alex's - Glad to find you! Thanks so much!

  20. Oh those nasty, ever present voices! How do we get rid of them? By writing and writing and writing and loving what we write, and then writing more! Keep going and don't ever listen to those voices. They do not count.

  21. I love your background ;D

    Everyone tips toes in this end of the pool. Just keep at it, let your voice be heard! :D

  22. Just makin' the rounds for the Insecure Writer's Group!

    I SO agree with what you said... its incredible how much support I've discovered in the blogging world. I'm overwhelmed with it... and from people I've never met! Whatever insecurities we may have as writiers (and lets be honest, there's a LOT!) its nice knowing I've got my blogging cheer squad to back me up!

    Nice to "meet" you!

  23. Hi Madeleine,nice to meet you. Just making the rounds trying to silence those voices in my head. 'Die Vampire Die'. I'll beback.

  24. I have enjoyed this last year of blogging with you Maddy :)

    I understand about those "not good enough" musings, I get them myself sometimes. Thankfully they go away and I get back to the business of writing. I'm sure you'll be published; I look forward to reading your stories on my Kindle - or even better, a real paper book.



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