Heather Arundel

The Diva of Darkness

Salton Sea Sunset Photo by Ron Niebrugge

Salton Sea Sunset Photo by Ron Niebrugge
The Beauty of Hell...

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - also known as my personal life motto!

All Human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Who I am...

I am a wife. I am a mother. I am a survivor.
My family has made me who I am...my past family with past hurts...my current family with current joy.
Family is something you are born into and cannot choose,
family is also what you choose it to be once you are old enough to start anew...


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Insecure Writer's Support Group

I was turned on to this by Sarah Pearson at Empty White Pages.  She's a pretty awesome gal and I really enjoy her blog - so called me shocked when she posted about being insecure in her writing!  I guess it isn't just me! ;)

I'm gonna check it out, hopefully find some more great writers out there and develop some great, supportive relationships! I'm pasting this link into my blog, and if I followed the instructions correctly, hopefully it works!

Before I sign off on this post, dear readers, what are some insecurities you wrestle with? What is the hardest part of the endeavor for you? For me, it is the giving it to another's eyes to look at, you see I'm always convinced that the response I receive will be something like, "oh sweetie, this is a pile of crap!" So I often just let "finished" work just sit on my computer...paralyzed with fear to let someone actually read it. UUUGH! That is why I started blogging, I figure I'm facing my fear every single time I post. And dear readers, thank you! Thank you for being so kind in your feedback, for reading my posts and offering praise and for coming back again and again. I TRULY APPRECIATE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU! :D


  1. Thank you for the kind words Heather, and 120 other participants say that it isn't just you :-)
    I was a bit surprised too, at some of the people who posted. I kept thinking 'you're awesome, you can't be insecure'. In a perverse sort of way, it makes me feel better :-)

  2. @Sarah: I think all writer's are a bit perverse in 1. thinking it's just them and 2. loving it when we realize it's not! ;)

  3. Glad you joined the support group! I had no idea it would grow so big this fast either.
    I was worried when I took on three critique partners earlier this year. But they all gave such great suggestions and caught stuff I'd missed. If you find the right people, it's a total blesssing.

  4. Beautiful pic :) My biggest problem is writing the synopsis. Seriously, how do they expect you to write a 50K word manuscript and squeeze it into two pages? Ugghh.

  5. Thank you for visiting my blog. Together we shall conquer all of our insecurities. I'm still reeling over that story you told of the body parts falling from the sky...wow.

  6. I have a problem letting others see my work too even after having many books published. I know I have to but ... cringe.

  7. I think we are all insecure, but some are better at hiding it:) Found you through Sarah's blog... nice to meet you and am now a follower:)

  8. I'm so glad you're fighting against your insecurities. Just know, you're definitely not alone - I think most, if not all, writers are insecure!

    My biggest insecurity has to do with the actual publishing industry and the idea of doing this for a living. I catch myself constantly thinking thoughts like: "It's too hard - I should just write for myself and forget making money at it" and "so many people have said the same thing I have to say, but better" and so on. It's tough out there. Blogging has really helped to keep me going.

    Also? Thanks so much for the Liebster award and for your kind comments on my Sisterhood posts! You rock! :-D

  9. I think it's natural for creative people to be insecure. Perhaps because all the bold creative types were burned at the stake for their radical ideas in the 1600s.

  10. @Alex: I hope to find some critique partners...that sounds awesome! I'm not there yet, just using my fellow bloggers/readers feedback so far! Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity to join the support group.

    @Donna: I don't know how to condense...I'd have to ask someone else to do it for me! Thanks for stopping by...hope you stick around.

    Michael: I read your blog all the time! Love it! The Cerritos plane crash is an indelible mark on my soul...I'm still reeling 25 years after the fact. Should I say I'm glad it created such a reaction? Does that mean I wrote the story well?? It's one of those Catch 22's, I honestly wish it had never happened; but now it is one of those stories people find horrifyingly interesting. Thanks for visiting, hope you keep coming back!

    @Susan: Perfect description! *CRINGE* That word defines if for me! :)

    @tfwalsh: Thank you for becoming a reader...I really hate "follower", like I'm a cult leader or something! ;)

    @Crystal: You are so welcome, and I only speak the truth! Sisterhood is FANTASTIC! The publishing industry is daunting...I haven't been doing this long enough to have any experience, but when I get there...I might pee my pants a little out of fright! :o

    @Super Happy Jen: PREACH ON SISTER! Imagine where we would be if all that fantastic "out of the box thinking" had been allowed?