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.
Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.
Remember, the question is optional!
APRIL 01ST QUESTION: The IWSG’s focus is on our writers. Each month, from all over the globe, we are a united group sharing our insecurities, our troubles, and our pain. So, in this time when our world is in crisis with the covid-19 pandemic, our optional question this month is: how are things in your world?
Lockdown. And just like that, the world has changed.
Lockdown and social distancing – two new buzzwords as the world hangs in a strange state of limbo.
Waiting. It’s the temporary “new normal” governed by an indefinite time frame.
Waiting. It’s the order of the day.
Waiting. It’s a twisted game of patience in this battle against an invisible enemy.
Waiting. Together with helplessness, confusion and death, unlikely partners in this mind-boggling scenario.
Waiting… and watching the pointing of fingers in the “blame game”, as well as the spread of misinformation, fake news and conspiracy theories.
The world has gone mad!
Who is the culprit in this global devastation?
You try to make sense of it, but it remains mind-boggling.
As difficult as it is, we have to choose.
Despite the fear and uncertainty, we have to choose.
Choose to remain as calm as possible or be swept up in this avalanche of craziness as the feeling of helplessness overwhelms.
It makes me think of words from the Rudyard Kipling poem:
“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs…
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same…”
But it will not be easy.
This will be a test of our endurance as a society; a test of our mettle as individuals.
We will be tested to our very limit. To our breaking point!
Everything will change.
Life will never be the same.
We can’t go back to “normal”, not the “normal” of our pre-virus existence, anyway.
A “new normal” will eventually emerge.
It will be a “new normal” shaped by our trials and tribulations and by the choices that lie within our power.
What conscious choices will shape YOUR “new normal’?
Take care everybody. Look after yourself and your loved ones. I’ll be visiting today and for the rest of my 21 day lock down!
Announcing The Genre for the 2020 IWSG Anthology – Science Fiction! Hop over to the IWSG website for more details.
I’m on Day 6 of my lock down. This is also my 100th post for the IWSG!
Happy IWSG DAY!