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.
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.
A warm welcome to our two new IWSG admins!
Heather M Gardner joined our team earlier this month to take over the Conferences Page. Welcome, Heather!
C. Lee McKenzie has just joined our team on Monday as our Media Relations Specialist. Welcome, C. Lee!
We also have a brand new feature!
NEW MEMBER SHOUT OUT:
Please help us to give our newest blog hop sign-ups a warm welcome, IWSG style. Let’s visit their blogs and show them some love today.
Blue Fox Cafe
Kathy S Collier/Author
My Brain Injourney
The Write Project
Going Solo with spelling errors
600 Second Saga
Putting the Clothes On, Taking the Gloves Off.
Northern Lights Gothic – KT Wagner
Danger, Love, and Mystery
Writers Read – That’s What They Do
Ray Pace at Large
Do you want to show the world that you’re insecure and proud? Well, now you can! The IWSG has started a merchandise store. Right now we have pens, magnets, and T-shirts available. Check out our store!
IWSG ANTHOLOGY UPDATE:
Mysteries of Death and Life
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology
Can a lost hero find redemption?
The Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life authors started a website for the IWSG anthology – Lost Hero Anthology.
Release Date: May 2, 2017
FEBRUARY 01st QUESTION: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?
I’m a reader first. The writing started late.
My reading experience has been changed…forever. It’s like a double-edged sword.
First, I just can’t read with that same abandon that I used to before I started writing. Gone are the days when I would read for sheer enjoyment, curled up on the bed, fully immersed in the world of a novel…so deeply, that I became the character.
Now, as much as I try to avoid it, my writerly mind intrudes. While reading, I often reach for a pencil to mark certain passages. Reading has become analytical. I think about choices the author has made, the techniques used and how they influence my responses as a reader.
When a story captures my imagination, some thoughts that come to mind: What is it about the way a particular text is written that makes me feel and respond the way I do? What other choices were available to the writer? What is the technique the author is using here? Is this technique effective? What would be the advantages and disadvantages if I tried this same technique in my writing? Obviously it also depends on genre.
This brings me to the next point. Since I’ve been writing, my reading has diversified. I’m reading different genres: sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk, mystery, romance. They say that reading widely is important for writers. It exposes you to other voices, styles, plots and thought processes. I don’t think this would have happened if I didn’t embark on the writing journey.
It’s still hot and humid this end of the world and will continue to be like this until early April. Though I can’t be sure because weather patterns are unpredictable and seasons have changed. Anyway, it’s draining me. But I’m hanging in there…
Don’t forget to visit some new members, to pop over to the IWSG merchandise store and to check out the authors website for the IWSG anthology! I’ll visit blogs over the next few days.
Happy IWSG Day!