#IWSG January

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: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

January 5 Question

What’s the one thing about your writing career you regret the most? Were you able to overcome it?
The awesome co-hosts for the January 5 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, Olga Godim, Sandra Cox, Sarah Foster, and Chemist Ken!

I grew up reading but in my Indiana hometown there were not any writers that I knew of. I found writers when I went to college but did not recognize myself as one of them until much later.

I found out about Iowa Writing Workshop from an interview with Oprah and author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, Ayana Mathis. She spoke about her experience there and I stopped what I was doing and listened intently to every word. This was something I had missed – you could go to school JUST for writing. If I had understood it I had blocked it out because of my parents reluctance to see writing as a real career colored my thinking.

My regret is that I did not pursue my MFA when I was young and unattached. I have always written. I didn’t need the MFA for motivation. I found writing community later in life which honed my skills. I wish I would have taken the writing seriously, earlier. I have a fantasy of having a tiny apartment, working in a bookstore and working at an independent press in Minnesota writing when I am not with books or writing friends. There is always lots of coffee.

I know my life experience makes me a better writer now. There is lots of material to mine and use. I have pursued my own style of MFA in this adult life of day jobs and responsibility.

I study with teachers I love and admire and cultivate community.

#happyreading #happywriting

4 thoughts on “#IWSG January

  1. I totally feel you! Whenever I told people as a child that I wanted to be a writer when I’d grow up, I always added “but I’ll become (insert other job) too, as you don’t earn an income from writing”. I am so glad you eventualy did find out about the Iowa Writing Workshop.

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  2. I’m with you. If I have any regrets about writing, it’s that I didn’t take it seriously sooner. But I got there eventually, and the weird journey I took to get to this point did inspire some good story ideas.


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