The Insecure Writer’s Support Group ~ No#41

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.

IWSG badge 2 The co-hosts for this month are:  Eva Solar, Melanie Schulz, Lisa-Buie Collard, and Stephen Tremp! Don’t forget to visit them and thank them for co-hosting!

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

Since my mind is still in “A to Z mode”, here’s my A to Z of writerly insecurities…

(This is a repost from last year. I had NO time functioning brain cells energy to prepare a post for today. Am I forgiven? Please?)

I’m an adequate, befuddled chancer, a dabbler who endeavours to fabricate stories with genuine heartfelt intentions… I have jumbled knowledge, but I’m learning, mastering (ha! hopefully) faced with never-ending obstacles. Pressure quickens the realisation that stories take time to unearth. I’m a vacillating wannabe who yearns to reach the zenith… (patience… breathe… patience… perseverance… breathe…) but I do have oodles of zing, zip and zest!(hope that counts…)

Lazy? Creative? Pick one.

Insecure? Definitely.

I hope that I can get around to visit a few IWSG’ers today/tomorrow/Friday… and on the weekend too…

Happy IWSG day!


  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh on May 6, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    I used my last brain cell to write today’s post, but next Monday’s will require I grow a few new ones.

  2. Madeline Mora-Summonte on May 6, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Nothing to forgive! 🙂 Try to get some rest, refill that creative well a bit.

  3. Chrys Fey on May 6, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    That was awesome! “fabricate stories with genuine heartfelt intentions”…I really liked that part. 🙂

  4. Lisa Buie-Collard on May 6, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Ha ha! Loved that A to Z list! I can sooo relate to the no more brain cells left. But have to admit that a lot of today’s posts on the #IWSG are really good and inspired by their work on the #AtoZChallenge!!! Thanks for dropping by and commenting on my blog today, Lisa, co-host #IWSG May, @

    • Michelle Wallace on May 12, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you Lisa!
      And thanks for doing an awesome job as one of the co-hosts of the A to Z Challenge 🙂

  5. L. Diane Wolfe on May 7, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Hang on to that zing!

  6. C. Lee McKenzie on May 7, 2015 at 12:25 am

    Clever wordsmith ye be! Not lazy. That’s for sure. I’m the befuddled one in the mix. I fixed your name in my bogle psto. Now I can’t psell aynthgin.

  7. Lynda R Young on May 7, 2015 at 3:28 am

    lol, that’s definitely creative! And worth the repost.

  8. emilia m. on May 7, 2015 at 3:56 am

    creative 😀 for sure 😀

  9. Murees on May 7, 2015 at 11:46 am

    You are a wonderful writer with endless amounts of creativity. Everyone needs time to recharge sometimes. So enjoy a little break.

  10. Michael Di Gesu on May 7, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    You did GREAT! Nothing wrong with posting something from the past, especially if it still works AND it does!

    Get some much needed rest!

  11. Mary Aalgaard on May 7, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Creative, definitely, and worth repeating. I didn’t see an X, so I’ll give you one. eXcellent!
    Love you!

    • Michelle Wallace on May 12, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      I forgot the X?? Oh dear.
      Thanks or filling it in, Mary! Love you too, my friend!

  12. Southpaw HR Sinclair on May 7, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Take some time and soak in some creativity and rejuvenation rays. It’s needed after the A-Z! 🙂

  13. Susan Gourley on May 7, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Oh, you are so creative. And after A to Z, your brain came up with that?

    • Michelle Wallace on May 12, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      *laughing* It’s a repost from last year, Susan.
      The brain is befuddled… it’s clearing a little now…

  14. Nadine Feldman on May 7, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I couldn’t begin to think about posting something yesterday. I’ll try to get in on the first Wednesday action next month. Bravo to you for coming up with anything at all!

  15. J.L. Campbell on May 8, 2015 at 3:45 am

    Hey, Michelle,
    I’ve had a few mishaps too this week, so I’m hoping to visit on the weekend.
    I think many of us who did the A-Z are operating at less than full capacity. 🙂

  16. Beth on May 8, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I would call that a great post! and I don’t blame you, I have no idea how you guys did the a-z!

    • Michelle Wallace on May 12, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      It’s gruelling… but loads of fun. You should try it at least ONCE in your life.

  17. Gary on May 8, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Hey Michelle,

    Ah yes, how about lazily creative. Ignore me. Then again, I do appreciate your obsession with that group dedicated to me “IWSG” aka “I Was Seeking Gary.”

    And to add to my alphabet nightmare, you had to bring back that incorporating of the idiotic alphabet challenge with your IWSG. HELP and LOL.

    Nicely done, Michelle 🙂


    • Michelle Wallace on May 12, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      Got you Gary!
      …and I’m still waiting to co-host the Alphabark Challenge with you. I haven’t forgotten. You asked me, remember? and I said yes 🙂

  18. Hilary on May 9, 2015 at 5:32 am

    Hi Michelle – creative … I’d say … and this IWSG is a perfect A-Z!! cheers Hilary

  19. Annalisa Crawford on May 9, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    A befuddled A-Z brain is why I’m still getting around to IWSG posts, and finishing off my replies to comments from the A-Z. It was a long month, and yet May is already over a week in! Time is playing tricks on me.

  20. Spacerguy on May 12, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Hi, I’m stopping by to congratulate Michelle on winning the you rock award! Kapla! (Klingon for success.)

  21. cathrina constantine on May 12, 2015 at 10:59 am

    What an amazing, unique post Michelle!!! I loved it. I’m way behind on my visits and so glad I caught yours!!!

  22. Sia McKye on May 12, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    I can relate to NO functioning creative brain cells or energy. I’ve been fighting with that this past year since I’ve had to return to work. Seems like there is nothing left over for writing or should I say, much writing. I feel more like a dabbler than a fullfledged writer. Right now I’m trying to learn the fine art of juggling. Damn those balls hurt when you drop them.

    Hey, nothing wrong with reusing good material.

    BTW, congrats on your “you rock” award. You do!

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

    • Michelle Wallace on May 12, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      Thank you, Sia!
      We all go through through those ups and downs… it’s never smooth sailing, is it? Hang in there.

  23. Crystal Collier on May 13, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    You’re so clever. I hope the A to Z Challenge was epic for everyone. It was killing me to not play along, but well, I had some pretty important work going on.

    • Michelle Wallace on May 31, 2015 at 7:52 am

      Thanks Crystal!
      Hope you’re enjoying your brand new “bundle of joy”! 😀

  24. Celine Jeanjean on May 15, 2015 at 3:17 am

    You’re a great writer Michelle — I really enjoyed your posts that I did catch, and to have the creativity to write flash fiction for each letter is really impressive!

    • Michelle Wallace on May 31, 2015 at 7:53 am

      Thank you for the encouraging words, Celine!
      It gives me a much-needed boost of confidence… 🙂

  25. Lisa Buie-Collard on May 18, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Thanks for dropping by today Michelle! Hope you’re having a great May! Lisa @

  26. Nick Wilford on May 22, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    You’re forgiven! I was so whacked out I forgot to post for the IWSG at all. I know. This is a fun post, just like your A-Z posts!

    • Michelle Wallace on May 31, 2015 at 7:55 am

      Thank you, Nick!
      I have a habit of using fun stuff as a “front” to distract from my insecurities…

  27. Mary Burris on May 24, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Making my way around on the A to Z Road trip! Stopping by to say hello and I hope to see you again next year, if not sooner!


  28. Mary Pax on May 27, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    That was extremely creative. My brain cells have been preoccupied, so I get struggling to keep up online. Hope all is well.

    • Michelle Wallace on May 31, 2015 at 7:57 am

      I’m well thanks Mary.
      Good to hear from you…. (I know you’ve been really busy…) 🙂

  29. Medeia Sharif on May 28, 2015 at 1:34 am

    You summed up the feelings and struggles of a writer perfectly.

  30. Stephanie Faris on May 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    We survived A to Z, didn’t we?! I love your paragraph on A to Z…that looks like a lot of work.


    • Michelle Wallace on May 31, 2015 at 7:58 am

      We did survive!
      Lots of work? Not really. The paragraph percolated for a while… then it came together… 😀

  31. Caryn Caldwell on May 29, 2015 at 1:44 am

    Ha! That was definitely creative! Loved it!!

  32. Nilanjana Bose on June 1, 2015 at 4:59 am

    That’s uniquely creative, repost or not. A-Z is just so much fun…

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