September 2, 2015

Lose Sight of the Shore : #IWSG

The Insecure Writer's Support Group (or IWSG) is a wonderful group put together by the amazing Alex J. Cavanaugh (which now has an equally cool Facebook group). 

The first Wednesday of each month is the perfect opportunity to share my insecurities on the #IWSG therapy couch, get encouragement and support about such insecurities, and to read how other writers are faring.

With the insanity of summer and kids being at home (my girls just started 10th, 8th, and 5th grades), I missed last month's posting. I'm glad to be back and look forward to checking in on as many people as I can.

Lately, my biggest fear is playing it too safe.

I've reached a point in my writing career (that shows a great first step, I called it career instead of something else) where I am not unhappy with my successes. However, I tend to be conservative... always playing it too safe.

To get to the next level, I have to take bigger chances and push the envelope. Which, inevitably, means there will be some failure.

Ugh. I. Hate. That. Word.

I know I can't get to the next step with a spotless record of success. I can't fear failure.

So, please help me out. Inspire Me! What are your favorite inspirational quotes surrounding success? Please share in the comments. I would greatly appreciate it.

My self-confidence thanks you.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Don't know if I can help. I've played it safe my whole career.

Tia Bach said...

Well, that's a testament to playing it safe, Alex. I guess it's more about knowing when to push it and how each person defines safe, too. Thanks!

Patricia said...

Well, I don't have any particular quote that I live by, writing-wise. I hate the "butte in chair, fingers on the keyboard" or whatever it is. I find that un-inspirational. I like the way most writers will say something to the effect of "never stop". I so often think I'll never be able to write another book. I've written five and I still think the last one will be the last one.

Anonymous said...

I don't have any quotes to share but I like that one.

Jo Michaels said...

My quote: "If it's important to you, you'll find a way. If it's not, you'll find an excuse." Failure is necessary. It teaches us what not to do. Remember, only those who take the leap of faith to try something new grow in their careers. <3

Unknown said...

I can agree with you. I often play it safe and stay in my comfort zone. I decided as of Monday, no more. Good for you for getting back at it.