It’s that time of the month again—the first Wednesday, which means IWSG Meeting Day. But today is not merely another IWSG day; it’s the Two Year Anniversary of the group! That’s quite an accomplishment in a world where an online group has the life expectancy of a Miley Cyrus hit.
So to celebrate, let’s take a gander at how the Power of Two can help us writers overcome our insecurities:
It Takes TWO, Baby
Donny and Marie remind us to find yourself a good Critique Partner. After all, one can have a dream, baby; two can make that dream so real.
Write. Then REWRITE
Chang and Eng are much like your manuscript—a living, breathing organism that is constantly chang-ing (did you like that? Yeah…I thought it was pretty good, too). Unlike them, however, you’re not stuck with it for life. Write and then REWRITE (and rewrite, and rewrite).
Feed Your Whimsy
What could be cuter than a dog in a TUTU? Nothing, I tell you, absolutely nothing. John Vorhaus, in How to Write Good, teaches you to cater to your fun side—let whimsy rule the page.
Believe In What You Write
It doesn’t matter whether a man can walk on water, it’s how he walks on land. Believe in what you write and stand up for those beliefs. Great things may come of it…just ask Bishop Desmond TUTU.
ACTIVATE, Don’t Procrastinate
The Wonder Twins had it right when they fist-bumped for motivation. Yes, it’s perfectly fine to take breaks in your writing to goof off on Facebook, but not breaks in your Facebook to goof off on writing. Be PROACTIVE in your career. WRITE!
Know What to Keep and What to Toss
What’s that smell? It’s your MANUSCRIPT. A valuable lesson was learned from REO Speedwagon when they sang “Time for Me to Fly” on You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can’t Tuna Fish. Know which parts of your work make beautiful music and which parts make a rotten stench. Toss the piano.
The Magic Ingredient for a Bestseller is…RETSYN
Speaking of rotten stenches, have you checked your breath lately? Yep. Your mouth smells like that old tuna, and how would that go over on your Elevator Pitch? Not too well, my friend. Carry Certs for such occasions. It’s TWO, TWO, TWO mints in one.
Congratulations, Alex J. Cavanaugh, on two successful years of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! None of us would be here today writing about this if it weren’t for you. There wouldn’t be a group to write about. Seriously, my sincerest THANKS for all that you do!
This post was written as a part of Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. We post the first Wednesday of every month and share our solutions to common difficulties, encourage other writers to meet their insecurities head-on, and seek supportive shoulders to tear-stain when we’ve received just one too many rejections. If you’d like to join the group (and we’d love to have you), follow the link to Alex’s site, grab a badge, and put your name on the list. I’ll see you next month!