#IWSG: Who’s missing from my picture?

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. It’s an opportunity to talk about doubts and fears you have conquered. To discuss your struggles and triumphs and to offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling.

February 2 question – Is there someone who supported or influenced you that perhaps isn’t around anymore? Anyone you miss?

When you reach your sixties, there are inevitably too many people missing, but there’s been only one person who fits this description for me.

He believed I had the ability to do anything I put my mind to. One day I laughingly said “what, you believe I could become a writer even though I’ve never written a non-business word?” and his immediate answer was “yes, absolutely!”

I really hadn’t written a word at the time- not of fiction, not even of blogging – it was simply a pipe dream, and one I’d not articulated to another person before. He’d no particular knowledge of this industry; he wasn’t a writer, nor much of a reader, what he believed in was people- and I was one of those people. I didn’t know him for very long – less than 3 years from when we first spoke to when he died. A complex person with his own demons, but when he believed in you, it became terrifically easy to believe in yourself. Everyone should have someone like him in their corner.

The awesome co-hosts this month are Joylene Nowell Butler, Jacqui Murray, Sandra Cox, and Lee Lowery – do take a moment to visit them.

While you’re here, can I tempt you with a #FlashFiction prompt?

Every month, we run a different #FF prompt and this month it’s A Children’s Tale – whether that tale be for a child who’s tiny or teenage is your choice.

If you’re inspired to give this a go, you can get full details here on Sunday at 8am.

© Debra Carey, 2022


Author: debscarey

Tweets @debsdespatches My personal blog is Debs Despatches, where I ramble on a variety of topics. I write fiction on co-hosted site Fiction Can Be Fun, where my #IWSG reflections can be found; and my Life Coaching business can be found on DebsCarey.com.

4 thoughts on “#IWSG: Who’s missing from my picture?”

  1. I’m so glad you had that person in your life. Reading all these IWSG posts today, I’m struck by how many of us really needed somebody to believe in us just to get started or to help us keep going. Writing seems like a solitary activity sometimes, but we really can’t do it alone.

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    1. Thank you James. Yes, I think the impact of other people on our willingness to take the step into “writer” is a big one. For me, it was more than just one person, but this was certainly the first step and it was huge for me.

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  2. I LOVE what you did with the prompt. It’s great to have someone who believes in you that much.
    Hope you had a good IWSG day! I was under the weather earlier this week (not the C👾vid, don’t worry), but I’m much improved now.
    I’ve been scheduling debut author interviews at Operation Awesome. If you know one, please tell them to reach out to me.
    Over at the a-to-z challenge, plans are hatching for April 2022, including a big event this month (starts Feb 4).
    Plus, WEP has the “All You Need is Love” flash fiction challenge on February 16 – 18.
    Quote for February: “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” -John Bunyan

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    1. Oh thank you J, I really do appreciate that.

      So pleased to hear that you’re on the mend (and that it wasn’t the C word), but I’m especially excited to hear that plans are afoot for A-Z April 2022. I shall have to start flexing my blogging muscles and make some plans 🙂 I’ve a new project that this may just be absolutely perfect for.


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