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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.

Wednesday 3 July 2013

IWSG The Power of Self Doubt

A monthly support group hosted by Alex J Cavanaugh
co-hosted this month by:

Nancy Thompson – http://nancysthompson.blogspot.com/
Mark Koopmans – 
http://mark dkoopmans.blogspot.com/ 
Heather Gardner - http://hmgardner.blogspot.com/

I know that to be a successfully published author you need to have determination and self belief and you also need time to write.

I know already I am a writer. I have always been a writer.  I just need more determination and confidence. 

It's also an interesting thought about how authors mature in their writing. Sometimes I read early stuff by authors and it is very compelling and their later stuff is less so and others mature into their writing and some seem consistently brilliant with every novel they write. It's thought-provoking.

How about you?


  1. I see your point. Some authors peak early, then run out of good ideas. Their later books are cookie cutters of their original ideas.

    Others pick up steam as they go along. I work hard to be among the latter.

  2. I agree. I'd rather be the sort of writer whose books get better.

  3. I think I would rather be a writer who matures and gets better rather than one who keeps producing the same thing over and over again.

  4. I hope I mature as a writer and still produce good material. I think some authors are under so much pressure to keep producing books (especially series authors) that the latter books can take a nosedive.

  5. I definitely want to be one of those writers whose craft improves the more I write. I'm sure I fit into that mold... Nice to meet you today:)

  6. I too need more determination and confidence. Right now, low on both.

  7. I have seen the same thing with writers. I like the folks that grow the best. I cry when someone does the M. Knight S. thing. I am happy for the consistent, but worry they could jump up.

  8. Lovely Madeleine!! You are so a super writer! Put away the self-doubt in a trunk, wrap the trunk in chains and send the lot to the bottom of the ocean! :-)

    Take care

  9. I hope I can keep coming up with the ideas. I worry I'll run out at some point. My insecurity.

    I feel I keep maturing and I hope my readers think so.

    I know what you mean. I think it's because the writer never breaks their formula from their early brilliance and thus quits growing. I think that's the case with some big sellers.

  10. I do believe I've gotten better with each book. Of course, I've never gone back to my first books to compare...

  11. Hi Madeleine,

    I'm delighted to see you involved with the "IWSG" aka "I Was Seeking Gary" :) Sorry, I'm delusional...

    Your ongoing passion for the written word will determine even better writing endeavours. I think that writers evolve and it's fascinating to go back and reread our own older writing.

    Be well, my friend.

    Gary :)

  12. While I'd far rather be brilliant all the time, if I have to choose between the other two choices, I'd take maturing in my writing over burning out.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

  13. Nora Roberts is one of my writing idols...then I read her very first Harlequin novel and I thought...gosh, I'm not so bad after all, lol! WRiting is definitely a journey...the more we write, hopefully the better we get.


  14. My writing has grown over the years, and with the experience of writing; but I still have so far to go. I don't think I'll ever stop learning something new.


  15. My writing technique is improving over time; my ideas are evolving as well, hopefully for the better, but I suppose an outside eye should really be the judge of that.

  16. It's quite a frightening prospect... you don't know which category you will fall into: peaking early in your career and then producing mediocre stuff thereafter, OR improving as you go along...
    Writer In Transit

  17. It's hard to maintain the confidence. We all struggle. All we can do is write through it, right?

  18. Hi Theresa, Michelle, Golden,Donna, Denise, Shannon, Gary, Alex, Mary, Mollymom, Rachna, Ink, Cherie, Suzanne, Stephen, MsHatch
    I can see a general consensus here.

    Bless you Jennifer, you are a sweetie!


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