Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Insecure Writer's Support Group

It's the first Wednesday of the month and time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group. A big shout out to Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh for starting this amazing group, and all his co-hosts of the month for their help keeping things running. If you're an insecure writer or just looking to support those of us that are, check us out here

I'm seven months pregnant and my writing inspiration has shriveled up for the summer. So instead of writing about my insecurities, I thought I'd share a few quotes about writing from sources much more inspiration than myself. Check them out: 

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” 

“Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” 

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” 

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” 

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” 

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” 

I hope you enjoyed the wise words (the last quote in particular hits home for me). To all my fellow insecure writers out there, keep bleeding, weeping, getting up in the middle of the night to bang away at your keyboard and generally acting like a socially acceptable schizophrenic!


  1. Great quotes. I especially love the third one.

  2. I was surprised I got published - does that count?

  3. My sympathy on that summer pregnancy! How well I still remember. My favorite quote: "Never, never, never, never give up!" Winston Churchill

  4. I did thanks. I hope the weather isn't too hard on you. :-)

    Anna from Elements of Writing

  5. I don't particularly like the last one, but the rest of these are pretty great!

  6. You do seem to have more important things on your mind. Some great quotes. Mark Twain had a way of combining wise with funny.
    Susan Says

  7. 7 months too! You're almost there, Mama! :)

    These quotes made me feel better.

  8. I really like the Robert Frost quote.

  9. I feel a little better about staying up late to write. Thanks for that.

    God, Entertainment, & Annoying Things

  10. These are all such good quotes. The one about substituting damn for very reminds me when someone (no names) used to cringe at the word "was." I do agree with the very, however, sometimes was is just necessary:)

    I can also relate to Robert Frost's quote. Sometimes I'm surprised as hell to discovered what's happened with my characters. I've just got to get out of the way.

    Two months left...on the home stretch dearest one.

  11. I have learned to eliminate the word "very" from my writing. But every now and then I keep one in there. :)

  12. Hi,
    I am laughing because I love the one from E.L. Doctorow. "Writing is a socially acceptable form of Schizophrenia." Sometimes I think it is. This one I'll remember.
    Thanks and all the best.
    Pat Garcia

  13. Mark Twain had a wonderful ways of saying things simply and clearly. He was a very, very, very excellent writer.

  14. excellent wisdom for my collection of writing quotes. Thank you!