The Insecure Writers’ Support Group posts the first Wednesday of the month. It is a place where writers can write about their insecurities without feeling threatened. If you're reading this as a writer and have any insecurities about your writing, join us. Every month we have a new question to answer. This month's question is:
What Is Your Favorite Aspect of Being a Writer?
Choosing just one favorite thing about the writing life is impossible. I believe the greatest satisfaction I gain from writing is when someone tells me they like my story or article or when something I write makes a difference in someone's life. Even constructive criticism is welcome feedback because it tells me that the reader has taken my work seriously enough to let me know what I could have done to make it better.
I love being able to build an imaginary world populated by people I create. It is empowering. For example, if someone treats me badly and I can't resolve the issue in the real world I can put them in my story and make them suffer the consequences. If they've really upset me, I sometimes make them a character in my tale and kill them.
A couple of other things about the writing life that appeals to me are working at home in my PJs and instant access to a delete key on my computer (that I don't have in my mouth).
My insecurity this month is: I have a story I want to send to a contest. I've edited it a dozen times, but I'm still afraid it isn't good enough to hit "send."
Do you ever use your writing to vent by creating and then "killing off" a character?