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.
Don’t forget to visit them and thank them for co-hosting!
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology
The clock is ticking…
Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?
Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting…
$14.95 USA, 6×9 Trade paperback, 204 pages, Freedom Fox Press
Mystery & Detective (FIC022000) / Crime (FIC050000) / Thrillers (FIC031000)
Print ISBN 9781939844545 eBook ISBN 9781939844552
$4.99 EBook available in all formats
“Each story is fast paced, grabbing the reader from the beginning.”
– Readers’ Favorite, 5 stars
“I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of thought-provoking crime stories.” – Denise Covey, author
Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly newsletter.
Tick Tock links:
Tick Tock Mystery Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TickTockMystery/
Tick Tock Mystery Blog – https://ticktockmysteries.blogspot.co.nz/
UNFORESEEN CHALLENGES OF WRITING NONFICTION
No Room for Creativity. (Or Is There?) The constraints of sticking to the facts can feel like a straitjacket. We may not be able to get creative with the who-what-where-when, but what about with solutions for delivering the info? Great workout for the creative muscle.
Term-Paper Nostalgia. Want to say that the majority of people do this or that? By all means: just add a footnote with the source. Don’t have one? Find it.
The Research Rabbit Hole. Yes, there is such a thing as too much research. You start out looking for one of those sources, and next thing you know your manuscript went from 200 pages about dog rescue to three volumes on the evolution of canines since the Ice Age.
Curb Your Language. Unless you’re a candidate for a Nobel in physics, you want to avoid overloading your writing with technical-speak. But, to safeguard credibility, nonfiction should sound ‘serious’. Professional. Walking the fine line between the two can feel impossible. (For me it was. It’s About the Dog has an informal style that refused to go away. Guess I flunked Nonfic 101.)
Thanks for letting me share a bit of my writing journey with you and the IWSG crowd, Michelle. I hope you’ve found some of this useful, and I look forward to chatting with everyone in the comments.
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Guilie Castillo, Mexican expat, writer, and dog rescuer, is the author of It’s About the Dog: The A-to-Z Guide for Wannabe Dog Rescuers (Everytime Press, April 2018), a hands-on, less-tears-more-action, 100% practical introduction to dog rescue. This post is part of The Dog Book Blog Tour & Giveaway.
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A RECAP: My#100words100days challenge, which ran from 01 January until 10 April, is now over! What a blast! More info in a later post…
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Aren’t those book covers great? Do you plan on snagging a copy of the IWSG Anthology? Don’t forget to check out the Dog Book Blog Tour & Giveaway! Happy IWSG Day!