Today is the first Wednesday in July, and you know what that means. Yes, it's INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP day.
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.
Awesome Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of Insecure Writer's Support Group.
His awesome co-hosts for the July 1 posting of the IWSG will be Charity Bradford, S.A. Larsen, AJ, Tamara Narayan, Allison Gammons, and Tanya Miranda!
Today, I'd like to talk about persistence.
This is a garden spider that was in my garage. I'm not a big fan of spiders, but garden spiders are lovely. As long as they stay away from me. She had spun her web from the ceiling to the pickup. Well, you know what happened when the pickup was backed out of the garage.
Okay, you may be thinking "what on earth does a garden spider have to do with persistence?" I'll tell you. Hang in there.
When my son backed the pickup out of the garage, it destroyed the spider's web. I figured that was the last we'd see of her. A shame too, because they trap mosquitoes and other insects in their webs. I was wrong, however. The next day, she had spun another web. This one went from the ceiling to my van. Poor spider. She hadn't learned that was no good. So, yes, when I drove the van out of the garage, I destroyed her second web. I really felt bad about it and hoped she'd find a better place next time.
Day number three. Yep, you guessed it. She had spun a third web in a corner of the garage, and I thought it would be okay. I didn't notice that it was attached to the side of my van until I'd pulled the van out of the garage. Strike three and she was out. I haven't seen her since then.
The spider was persistent. Even though it did not work out to well for her, she kept trying.
She also made me think. When my writing is falling apart each day and the threads just don't hang together, I can try again the next day. And the next. And the next. Persistence. Maybe persistence will pay off better for me than it did for the spider. If not, well, I did my best. Maybe I should start over again.
I hope she found a good place for her web. I hope you all find the answers you need.