Any Regrets?

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group

January 5 question – What’s the one thing about your writing career you regret the most? Were you able to overcome it?

Any Regrets?

This month’s question was easy to answer at first with an answer of, I have no regrets because to have regrets means I wouldn’t be where I am today.

But…and, that’s where I started thinking about my writing career as a whole.

Knowing what I know now, would I do things differently if I was starting over?

In a heartbeat!

Of course, that means starting over when young and relatively free of all obligations and ties.

  • I’d move out to Hollywood.
  • I’d become a script reader.
  • I’d become active in screenwriting organizations.
  • I’d get a degree in screenwriting rather than playwriting.
  • I’d find my genre early.
  • And, most importantly, I’d treat my writing like a job—meaning work it like a job—despite any day jobs I’d no doubt have to take in the beginning.

The question now becomes, do I want to reincarnate, coming back where I choose parents this time who are already in the movie-making business?

Hmmm, that sounds like a great story idea!

I wonder if that life would have had any regrets?


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 – and return comments. This group is all about connecting.


About Diana Stout

Screenwriter, author, former English professor
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4 Responses to Any Regrets?

  1. nancygideon says:

    If you had that life you’d probably wish you lived in a small historic town filled with charm and quiet inspiration. And you’d have missed out on your writer friends here! Dog-Eat-Dog isn’t always better than peaceful Dog Days.


  2. Diana Stout says:

    Believe it or not, after high school, I wanted to move to the big city…first Kalamazoo and then onto Chicago, and be a journalist. I started out in the peaceful small historic town then moved to the big cities only to return to the small historic town by choice. And, so many wonderful writers I met along the way!!!! I have no regrets. Thanks for commenting, Nancy!!!


  3. 3mpodcast says:

    It’s always easier to come up with regrets when we’re asked to think of them! Just think, if you’d started out differently, you’d be a completely different person. For good or bad.

    The Warrior Muse


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