The purpose of IWSG is for those in the writing world to share their neuroses, fears, etc. OR to offer encouragement to one another. It's fantastic. And if you are a writer and you aren't a member of IWSG- I'd recommend getting linked up! Like yesterday!
Now onto my insecurities and a reminder:
It's post NaNo- so I'm sure many of you are feeling the writing hangover that comes with pounding out the majority of a manuscript in 30 days. I blogged about my experience Monday; sharing my bittersweet feelings about NaNo and the story that emerged. I'm not sure if I'll participate in NaNo again, because the quantity v. quality thing has been battling it out in my mind the last few days. Regardless, I wrote a story much different from anything I've ever written and, I'm not sure what my next move should be.
Today, I want to remind you all to BE YOURSELF IN YOUR WRITING. Embrace your personal voice! I am struggling with this now. I've always wanted to write serious stories, like Richard Yates. But, I'm not Richard Yates. I write light hearted so much better than I write heart-wrenching. And, I enjoy the process so much more when I'm letting my freak-flag fly. This video by my former professor, and author, Geoff Herbach, sums it up perfectly (and also has a great writing exercise at the end) and I hope you enjoy it!