The question is about highs and lows for the Insecure Writers Support Group post this month. An interesting idea, but I thought of the answer quickly enough.

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So – this month’s question is on Highs and Lows

It’s the best of times; it’s the worst of times. What are your writer highs (the good times)? And what are your writer lows (the crappy times)?


Yay! I’ve finished the book! I’ve typed “The End’!

and then, some time later.

Yay, I’ve finished the book! I’ve done all the edits. I’ve proof read it, it’s been checked and beta read and edited and… it’s done! Yippee!

…. and…. and thank goodness it’s got through all the publishing bits intact and is READY for my READERS!!


Nobody’s reading it.

It’s been out a year and it has precisely zero reviews.

Well, I suppose that’s better than a really bad one.

Oh, no. This is awful…. Why? Why don’t they like it? Well, there’s no accounting for taste, I suppose. Just have to find the right readers…

And the other low that I’ve always managed to climb out of–eventually…

What on earth am I writing? It’s total rubbish. I’m useless. Why did I ever think I could write a book anyway?

How about you?

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14 thoughts on “Highs and Lows of an Insecure Writer #IWSG

  • 4 May, 2022 at 9:35 am

    I guess we all go through similar Highs and Lows.

    • 4 May, 2022 at 9:39 am

      Yes, it’s pretty much a writer’s life story 😉

    • 4 May, 2022 at 12:19 pm

      So agree with your highs and lows. Since I’ve not been published yet, I haven’t experienced some of the lows you mention, but I know I’d go through some of them. I think all authors have their lows as well as the highs of seeing their work in print.

  • 4 May, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    It is about finding the right readers. And I’m reading your latest right now.

  • 4 May, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    Usual post actual writing cycle. I’m entering it!

  • 4 May, 2022 at 2:58 pm

    I found a new low looking at my sales at Amazon. I guess a complete failure to market, almost a failure to even be out here in Internet World, does have an impact?

    • 4 May, 2022 at 3:12 pm

      I stopped looking a while ago. I just enjoy it when they say they’re sending me royalties. Rarely more than a couple of pounds, though. And mostly my dad’s memoirs pull that in.

  • 4 May, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    Jemima hugs! This can be so heartbreaking. I don’t know when am I going to publish. Sometimes I feel getting a story or poem out in a mag is all I’d do. But yes, if I do get published I think I’ll go through these as well.

    • 4 May, 2022 at 6:27 pm

      Getting a story or poem in a magazine would thrill me to bits, although it might depend on the magazine. 😉

  • 4 May, 2022 at 3:57 pm

    We all think it, even if we don’t say it. Hang in there.

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