Is It A Cacophony of Writers?

Attending the Rockingham Writers Conference this weekend, I thought what a gregarious and chatty crowd we were. So different from the stereotypical introverted, social outcasts we are supposed to be.Taking notes was only part of teh conference mixign and mingling was as well.

Individually these were people who admitted to self-doubt, imposter syndrome, insecurity, fear of failure and fear of success.

That day though, all that was put aside, and we had a ball, laughed and talked mingled, shared expertise and gossip. I left the conference buoyed with confidence and thrilled with my writer tribe.

Sharing a common interest forms a bond.
What is the collective noun for a group of writers?

Then I began to wonder what a group of writers was called. I couldn’t recall an official term, so I did an internet search. I got  ‘a worship of writers. ’  To me, that seemed more fitting for priests, so I began to think of collective nouns for writers.

Here are some I  liked

A chapter of writers.

A procrastination of writers

A draft of writers

An insecurity of writers

An imagination of writers

A  scribble of writers

A cacophony of writers

A gossip of writers

A journal of writers.

 

Do you have a favourite term for a group of writers?

Let me know!

 

 

 

 

The Contradictions of Being a Writer.

Many of the writers I know are a mass of contradictions, it left me wondering if this was an important part of a writer’s personality.

Writing can be an isolating occupation

The majority admit to being Shy or even Not Very Social and then they go out a give a presentation or an author talk or if you meet them at a writers’ convention and can’t get them to shut up! The lonely Introvert turns into a Show Pony. I myself know I  am guilty of this.

Conventions bring a mix of people together.

A  majority of writers suffer from Self-doubt and Insecurity.  Along with other creative types, many will admit to suffering from Imposter Syndrome. At times this manifests as a bout of  Crippling Insecurity with the fear of not being good enough accomplished enough. talented enough.

In spite of that, most managed to overcome it and submit their work to a critique partner, or even a contest or publisher.  If the work is accepted, after the initial rush of pride or satisfaction, it’s likely that self-doubt will surface once again.  Yet some compulsion drives us on, to write more, to try again to try and fail, to try and succeed, to improve.

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Courage to follow your dream

So what my fellow writers also have is courage, the courage to express themselves. To let their work speak for them, to expose their ideas to the judgement of others. My fellow writers, I  salute you for your bravery!