What's REALLY cool about this month's IWSG is the new website for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. I've had a sneak preview and it's marvelous. Kudos to the great team who pulled it together. To find out more, head on over to Alex's site for the big reveal.
Now on to my insecurities...
I had an exciting opportunity fall in my lap recently. I was contacted to be a contributing writer for the new online magazine, Joyful Home and Life. Although I'm grateful for the opportunity and looking forward to working with this fantastic team of women writers, I'm a little out of my element too. The site is geared for women of faith, with an emphasis on DIY projects, recipes, decorating and family. Although my faith is a part of who I am, I'm not one to make this a public or up-front topic, nor am I a particularly homey-crafty person.
I was so very conscious of my audience as I wrote my first article (to appear tomorrow) and going for a very specific conversational tone, trying to set up the premise for future posts. I felt myself breaking out into a sweat trying to choose the exact words and tone I wanted to convey. It was a laborious process of nitpicking and editing. Even after I finally scheduled it, I had second thoughts on the wording and content. I don't know when I've given so much self-conscious thought to an article before. Phew!
It'll all be good, and I'll find my groove, I know. But that was my little panic and insecure blip this week.
And now on to you: I'm looking forward to reading your posts and visiting a few new writer friends.