Wednesday, March 2, 2016

#IWSG - Letting Loose

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a once-monthly blog hop aimed at sharing our doubts and concerns, while encouraging one another with assistance and guidance. As the lighthouse image suggests, it’s a beacon in the dark and a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

While I'm still feeling a but insecure about the whole waiting game, with my book floating in limbo, being read/judged/evaluated as part of two open-submission windows, I'm choosing not to dwell on it.

Instead, I've chucked all expectations, given myself permission to let loose, and and have started working on a few short stories that I'll likely self-publish under a pen-name. With my novel, I found that I was far too concerned with what other people might think or how they might react, and I fear that might have held me back a bit. I know I absolutely cannot hold back with my next novel - it goes to some really dark places - so I'm trying an exercise in self-expression.

I just want to have some fun, delve deep into the extremes of my imagination, and put some stuff out there without a care for what people might think. To bizarre? Too gory? Too twisted? Too kinky? Too weird? Too messed up? People can think whatever they want about that other guy, and I can sort of disconnect myself from those reactions while I pay attention to what people enjoy about the stories.


  1. Good idea to work on some short stories with no inhibitions or expectations!

  2. I totally get it - I'm in the sub/wait game and have distracted myself with writing and doing art. I try not to let myself worry about what people will think and just write what I love. It's the only way to get through the horror of the publishing industry. Good luck! ;)

  3. Good luck on the submissions! I've got to get two submission packages ready after a couple of pitches. Then, I'll be waiting, too.

  4. Great idea to "let loose"! Let that creativity sail on waves of no-inhibitions, no deadlines, no worries. Interesting that you would use a pen name, did I mention no-uncertainties? :-) The truest work you'll ever produce is that which you write - for you. Write on!

  5. What a great attitude. And I think the 'darker' the better in the current market.

  6. There's wonderful freedom in writing under a pen name. Good luck, and have fun discovering what you love to write.


  7. Good luck Bob - I didn't realise you had a book out there under consideration - I will keep my fingers crossed for you with that X
    Lynn :D