Elemental Writing and Insecure Writing

Elemental Writing and Insecure Writing

Elemental Writing and Insecure Writing #IWSG

Today’s post comes as a response to a prompt from the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Congrats to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group – the website was added to the Write Life’s 100 Best Websites for Writers 2017!  #IWSG

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Oh, and if you’re an insecure writer like me…join the group!

Prompt: What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started writing?


So. Many. Lessons.

But the biggest, most valuable thing that would be kryptonite to Superman?

It’s simple, and yet the hardest thing in the world to actually do: write.

I mean Write.


Write like it’s your last day on Earth and the only thing that you will leave behind is the thing you’re working on right now.


Write like the wind – be deft of hand on the surface, but carve canyons when necessary. When I think of wind, I think of the deserts in the south – vast wind and water-cut plateaus and stunning scenery. What if you were the wind? How would you write?

Antelope Canyon

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Write like water – be an essential tool in everything. Theoretically, the human body is made up of 50-65% water (chemistry.about.com) – so be the refreshing source of life! One of the things NASA looks for when searching the stars is water…because humans can’t live without it. (Cool article: Follow the Water). When I think of water, I think of snorkeling in Hawaii…I think of floating and looking down and seeing a whole new world – one I never would have seen if I hadn’t stopped and dove in. If you were water, how would you write?

Write like the water. #DarWrites #ISWG

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Write like fire. One of my favorite ideas is the movement from the ember of an idea to the campfire that is its totality. Write like your fingers are on fire! This is intense, love, blessed stuff you’re doing – so put your heart and soul into it. When I’m really in the writing zone in my writing cave, I write like fire. I could go on and on without stopping for food or drink or breaks and unless I’m interrupted by a dog, a human, or a timer, I will. How would you write if you were fire?


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Write like a stone. If you think about it, one of the best things we have is ground. Without it we can’t grow anything. Yes, the sun is ultimate, but without dirt, the guy in Andy Weir’s The Martian wouldn’t have had potatoes at all. Talk about insecurities. What kind of stone would you be? Beach stone? Volcanic rock? High-desert dirt? How would you write if you were a stone?


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There is this myth that all writers are secure and they know they are the bomb…and that’s totally false – every writer I’ve ever met from bestselling authors to the latest middle-school scribbler have insecurities. I think a healthy dose of insecurity is necessary to make you want to level up your craft and sit your butt in the chair and write.

Don’t you?

I’m pretty sure there are tons of cool writers out there who are like me – thoroughly in love with writing and wanting to talk about it.


Feel free to chat here, on social media, or contact me. I respond to all mail.

Write on,


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About Darlene Reilley

Hey, I'm Darlene, a nomadic writer and teacher. If you're looking for writing prompts, inspiration, and a fellow writer to commiserate with, you've come to the right place. If you're a reader looking for a fun mix of poetry, romance, science and fiction, you've found a buddy!
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7 Responses to Elemental Writing and Insecure Writing

  1. I’ve always been a big proponent of “just write.” don’t talk about writing, don’t think about writing, just write. Words that you waste doing other things could be better served telling your story. Just put them to use.


    • Hey, C.D., thanks for commenting! I love the idea of just writing. For me, it’s a focus of love. There are places for other words…but I’m focusing on stories. 🙂

  2. This is so inspirational! I think I may try that today. I’ll write like it’s my last day!!!

  3. Pingback: How I Made My First $1,000 as a Writer | Dar Writes

  4. miladyronel says:

    “Write like it’s your last day on Earth and the only thing that you will leave behind is the thing you’re working on right now.” Love that! Sometimes we get so bogged down with all the other things we have to do as writers that we forget to write. That’s why I love Camp NaNoWriMo this month – it pushes me to just write and forget (well, try to forget) about everything else.

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