Wednesday, November 7, 2018

#IWSG for November 2018

The Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG) is the brilliant idea of Alex J. Cavanaugh. The purpose of the group is to share doubts and insecurities and to encourage one another. Please visit the other participants and share your support. A kind word goes a long way.

This month's awesome co-hosts are:  Ellen @ The Cynical SailorAnn V. Friend, JQ Rose, and Elizabeth Seckman!

Optional question for November: How has your creativity in life evolved since you began writing?

I've always been creating stories, so there isn't a time in my life when I began writing. Yet my creativity has changed over the years, both with writing and the rest of my life. Doubt and fear held me back a lot in my younger days. I had a thin skin and didn't take constructive criticism very well. I hid away my creativeness like a dragon with its treasure.

Now I'm grateful for helpful criticism and I'm able to brush off the harsh reviews and comments about my work more easily. It motivates me rather than holds me back. It stretches into all aspects of my life to how I decorate my home to how I dress and the games I play.

As I mentioned last month, it's a good thing to be constantly evolving. I would worry if a person didn't change over the years. Being stagnant isn't desirable.



P.S. My mom is visiting this week and we're doing our early Christmas shopping. I'll get back to everyone next week!

22 comments:

  1. "Now I'm grateful for helpful criticism and I'm able to brush off the harsh reviews and comments about my work more easily. It motivates me rather than holds me back. It stretches into all aspects of my life to how I decorate my home to how I dress and the games I play." <----I love this paragraph!

    Evolving is certainly a good thing.

    Enjoy your visit with your mom!

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  2. I agree. If you aren't changing over the years, something is wrong! Keep getting creative and enjoy this month!

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  3. I think I'm stagnating a bit. Must change that! :)

    Have a nice time with your Mom!

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  4. Criticism can be very helpful. That's why it doesn't bother me to read reviews of my books. I know where I need to improve.

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  5. Nothing in nature is stagnant. It's either growing or dying.

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  6. Ooh, have fun shopping! ^_^

    I had pretty thick skin it was younger. It got thinner over the years. Now, I don't know what's going on. Depends on the day.

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  7. Thick skin is a prerequisite and if you don't come to writing with it, you soon acquire it or stop writing.

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  8. I'm glad that harsh reviews and comments motivate you now. That's a place we all hope to reach. Good for you for getting there. That's awesome. :)

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  9. Harsh reviews are a bane for authors!

    Have fun Christmas shopping with you Mom!!!

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  10. In some ways, I think it's better that I started writing and publishing when I was older. My skin is much thicker now. I think I would have been plagued by so many insecurities if I had tried it when I was younger.

    Have fun with your mom :-)

    Cheers - Ellen

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  11. I love to hear about your growth in confidence! Woot!

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  12. Keep growing that creative confidence! It's awesome to read your work and how you create it.
    Happy shopping!

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  13. We're always evolving, growing, and changing! Even books I wrote less than ten years ago now seem in a style I wouldn't use today, though the most I can do is acknowledge I write differently now, instead of revising them to reflect my most recent sensibilities.

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  14. So true that you don't want to get stagnant. And awesome that you've always written. You have so much more experience than a person like me.

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  15. Now that I think about it, growing a thick skin to deal with criticisms of my writing has probably given me a thicker skin for everything else in life too. Glad your evolution was for the good.

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  16. I'm much better with criticism than I was at first. I've always been the crafty, artsy type though I can't claim any artistic talent. Writing sucks up most of that now. Have fun with your mom.

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  17. I was the same when I was younger, much more afraid of what people would say about anything creative I did.

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  18. I'm still evolving so guess doing okay. Have fun shopping. Happy IWSG Day.

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  19. Criticism (even constructive) is hard to take sometimes. Developing a thick skin and the ability to keep my mouth shut during a critique session helped. So does learning to wait a bit before tackling the suggestions. Good luck with evolving.

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  20. Criticism (even constructive) is hard to take sometimes. Developing a thick skin and the ability to keep my mouth shut during a critique session helped. So does learning to wait a bit before tackling the suggestions. Good luck with evolving.

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  21. Thanks for stopping by, everyone! I'm slowly getting back to you all. :)

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