Insecure Writer’s Support Group: The Workshop Blues…


Hey, guess I got kicked out of IWSG again for missing two months in a row, but I’m back. And boy am I insecure! šŸ˜‰

Sign – when is revision ever enough? I just got back from the ‘Never-Ending Odyssey’ workshop in New Hampshire, and it was a great week of critique circles and hanging out with writers and that kinda stuff. But I also came to realize that I’ve got a LOT of work still to do on this novel I was workshopping, “Think of the Children”, which is a little disappointing after the months and months of work I’ve already put into the current draft. A fresh perspective from reader-writers is what I go to workshops for, but it was depressing to realize that the book still isn’t putting its best face out there and it just isn’t as ready as I thought it was.

At the same time, I think I’m kinduv excited about what I’ve learned, about how to get to the essential conflict in the story and let that shine. So, first step, is to put what I’ve learned into a new revision outline. I can get that finished in August, right? I hope so, because it’s on my goals list, along with a few other things…

What’s up with you? Are you feeling insecure this week? Share your thoughts with all of us.

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3 Responses to Insecure Writer’s Support Group: The Workshop Blues…

  1. Trisha says:

    I can definitely relate to this particular insecurity, though I haven’t been faced with it lately. But I did have this exact experience after a guy who works in editing read my 5th draft, very polished version of one of my novels. His advice was “you sure can write, but I would recommend totally rewriting this novel, and here’s why…” and he gave me numerous great pointers. So I rewrote it. šŸ˜‰ But it was very daunting at the time.

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  2. Seems like there are a bunch of insecure writers out there, based on the blogs I read. So you are NOT alone. Wonder if a weekly critique group would help more than an occasional workshop, but I’m glad you were re-energized by the workshop.

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  3. I hope the revision goes well! Looking forward to talking about it at our next gathering.

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