Let’s face it – there are times when we all need help. If you have water spurting out under your sink you call a plumber. If the lights go out and won’t come back on again, you call the electrician. If you’ve got this funny rash that seems to be spreading … well you get my drift.
For worried writers the ‘go to’ place is the Insecure Writer’s Support Group [website and sign up here] which was started and is administered by best selling author Alex J Cavanaugh. The first Wednesday of each month is the day upon which writers in every and any genre and at any level of expertise can let their hair down and have a legitimate gripe about anything that is worrying them.
Worries that are stifled, that aren’t voiced, that are kept secret, have a horrible habit of both growing and attracting companions. And then – oh, then the nasty ratbags have an absolute orgy and breed like lemmings until the poor writer’s brain is buzzing night and day with concerns that pushes them closer and closer to the cliff edge of giving up writing and concentrating on cost accountancy or shelving tins of beans in Tescos. Or, in my case, last months sales figures.
Bitching about your creative worries is healthy but can get a bit tedious for the readers, so restricting it to one day a month is a jolly good idea! This is the day, guys, and this is your warning that there’s some whining under the cut!