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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Insecure Writer's Support Group

Alex Cavanaugh, Misha Gericke and Joylene Nowell Butler

Once there was a writer who woke to find that she had no more stories in her head. Imagine the feeling of suddenly not having characters stomping around, demanding to be described, demanding to be given dialog, demanding their "story" be set down. The horror of it all made this author sink into an insecure despair unlike anything she'd every experienced.

As she sulked and cried and then hid behind her desk, a small voice called to her--actually it was a radio talk show host, and he was telling about a profoundly wise recluse who had recently reached out to the world from his mountain retreat, beckoning all insecure writers to him. He claimed to have the cure for their malady.

Off she went, laptop under her arm, so she could take notes. Perhaps this sage would end her terrible story drought. She climbed and climbed the narrow, winding path to his door. When she knocked, the door swung open into an empty room. Where had the sage gone?

She stepped inside, calling, but there was no answer. On the single table in the room she spied a small piece of paper. Trembling with the fear that he had left without imparting the knowledge she craved, she picked up the paper and read.

"Get over it. And while you're here, this place could use some dusting."

Hope you'll visit some of the others who are in this Group. The list is long and varied. I won't be posting tomorrow due to some serious over-booking. See you next week.









28 comments:

  1. I simply won't allow myself to be afraid that there are no stories. That's one nightmare that is just to much for me. Instead, I'll make stuff up - look outside at the fence and start detailing a life deep within it, or find monsters in the branches of the overgrown tree in my backyard. All I can say is, don't ever give in, because this has worked for me.

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  2. OMGosh! I can't stop laughing and shivering at the same time! Love that image you used.

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  3. Loved it. Nothing clears my head better than to stop worrying about it and using a bit of elbow grease!

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  4. Yipes! Yup, that's a scary thing.

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  5. Love that sage! Great advice. We have to push through. We can always fix words on a page.

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  6. Good way of showing not telling how to push through.

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  7. The great thing about ideas is that they, sometimes, jump into our head when we're -not- looking for them :)

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  8. Such a creative post. Even though the idea is scary, you did such a great job writing about it.

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  9. Great post! Just get to it and the stories will come. :)

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  10. love this post! There will always be stories for those whose minds and hearts are open, and whose hands are willing to type!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  11. That was really cute, especially the part about dusting. I admit that I'm not worried about the stories running dry, but I know plenty of people who do.

    That made me smile.

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  12. You're too funny! I must admit though, I do worry about that very issue.

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  13. Thanks for the smiles C. Lee!
    Get over yourself. Get on with the task at hand. Sometimes we need that reminder.

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  14. I worry about that all the time. What if I can't come up with book #5? I'm already worrying about that, and I haven't really started #4 yet.

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  15. ROFL! Oh, Lee, you're hysterical! I love the sage's message and should just keep repeating it to myself instead of whining so much. :-D

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  16. A fun post with a lot of truth to it at times.

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  17. LOL Didn't see that coming but I loved it!

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  18. Hi, Lee,
    Wallowing can get a bit time consuming. Getting over it and staying occupied is good advice.

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  19. LOL!! Wow, didn't see that one coming :-)

    But yeah, point well taken.

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  20. All the cool kids are in the IWSG. The posts in this hop always bring me back from the dead. And what is this thing you call dusting?

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  21. LOL..oh wow, Lee, thank you for this post. I was engrossed in the story, I didn't see that end coming. :D Nice, very nice!

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  22. Great post. Just start writing and the stories will emerge.

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  23. Haha! I love it. Butt in chair, right?

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  24. Sounds like me! Count me in!

    Kim

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  25. I think it is something we all worry about! Hope the ideas are flowing. :)
    ~Jess

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