Do You Dare to Share?

Insecure Writers Support Group

It has been quite a while since we’ve had a submission to the Insecure Writers Support Group. As Wednesdays are the scheduled days for my blog post, I thought I would talk about insecurities that plague all creatives.

I’m not sure that it matters what you do whether it is writing, art in its many forms, music, photography, crafting or any of the other myriad of ways people express themselves, everyone arrives at the same point. What to do with your work? I know I am at this spot and I am certain that I am not the only one.

Some people are content with the creation process. They can spend hours creating and making something out of nothing, without further thought to what to do with their items. If you visit their homes, especially those in the crafting areas, to find their walls covered with the displays of their work and it is beautiful. The value is in the work and how it makes them feel; it is a good thing. If music is their thing, they appear to be content to make it for themselves and their families.

I am not one of those people.

Other people are able to create their work and find ways to market it. Regardless if they stay true to the creative process (this is where we create to popular demand or not) their main goal is to have their work be seen and judged, by the public. They are relentless in their pursuit of that elusive “success”.

I am not one of these people either. Apparently, I fall somewhere in between.

Creativity is a process, a soul bearing process, that can be difficult to send out into the universe. I also believe that the things we create can contribute greatly to the human experience. If we dare to share.

This daring to share comes with great risk to both our souls and our creativity. It is, for me, one of the scariest things when I hand someone something that I have poured myself into only to have to listen to their opinion and judgment about that item. The first time I presented my work at my writing group asking for critique, I spent a few days in recovery, not that the critique was a problem and people weren’t polite. No, in fact, they were incredibly helpful. My soul simply was battered and needed to be soothed.

Regardless of where each of stands with our work, we risk something when we take some type of raw material and use it to make something without knowing where the end result will be. This is creativity.

Only you can decide whether that risk is worth it.

Every Month Should be SA Awareness Month

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As if I don’t have enough going on in my life, today is not only part of the A to Z Challenge, it is also the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Wednesday. Though today’s post has little to do with writing insecurities, perhaps they will forgive this public service announcement.

I did promise to speak to Sexual Assault Awareness Month during this A to Z Challenge. Today is the kick off for the “Start by Believing” campaign happening in my area.

Start by Believing is a nationwide push to believe victims of sexual assault when they find the courage to report their attack. All too often, the victim is treated as the perpetrator. At the very least, a victim is looked upon with suspicion.

This campaign began in 2011 and has reached 130 communities in the U.S. and throughout the world. The goal is to be a Start by Believing nation. An online video shows the difficulties faced by victims and survivors. SBB-Logo-for-Public-Use-2014

Our community is honoring the victims and survivors throughout this month by having a walk through the streets and by a public awareness campaign. We will also be having a Self-Safety Seminar on April 26th.

Believing our victims during one of the most difficult times in their lives is important as well as walking with them throughout the process. The work never ends.

Writing Through the Difficult Times

InsecureWritersSupportGroup2I’ve come to the first Wednesday of February and time for another installment of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and I wanted to share some of the thoughts I’ve had in the past month.

Writing is hard. Especially when emotions run wild and out of control. This is a surprise to me since I use writing in my work with clients and I’ve used it for healing myself.

My dream to publish hasn’t died even though my heart hurts at the moment. I’ve tried not to be too hard on myself even when I feel I should be writing.

Healing from emotional pain takes a lot of energy. There has been very little left over for anything or anyone else lately.

Creativity hasn’t disappeared. It’s just muted. I’ve had moments of brilliance. There haven’t been many but enough to keep me going.

There are few words to describe the emotions of the past four weeks. I’ve given up trying and am just moving on.

Blogging on a schedule doesn’t work when life is topsy turvy. I am working on it. Hopefully, I can get back to normal.

As usual, life is full of lessons and I am learning them at full speed. Life will go on, whether I write or not, so I will follow my dream.

I will write.