The Insecure Writer’s Support Group ~ No#102

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.

The awesome co-hosts for the June posting of the IWSG are: Pat Garcia, J.Q. Rose, and Natalie Aguirre!
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!

JUNE 03RD QUESTION: Writers have secrets! What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work?

I love words. I love writing – but my writing was always private – for my eyes only. 
As a teen, I experimented with the angsty teen poems. I didn’t write any stories back then. Not one. I don’t know why. I suppose I was too busy reading them. I’ve always been an avid reader.
Anyway, poetry is my first love. Then along came flash fiction, and I was hooked.

Talking about reading, I managed to do quite a lot over the past months.
Here is a list of books completed with links to my reviews on Goodreads, in case any of these titles catch your attention and you want to take a peek. 
The Whisperer – Donato Carrisi (no review yet)
Kindred – Octavia E. Butler
Nocturnes – Kazuo Ishiguro
Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*** – Mark Manson
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (still busy with the review)
Grace and Serenity – Annalisa Crawford
The Strange Book Of Jacob Boyce – Tom Gillespie

I’m currently reading the following books:
Dancing With Dementia – Jemi Fraser
Not Guilty – C.Lee McKenzie
Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts

            Keep On Trying!

My PC has been fixed.
What a nightmare!
I don’t know how people manage with the phone screen.
It’s too small.
Not for me, especially not for blogging and visiting/commenting on other blogs. 
I managed to do some writing over the past month.
Just a little.
During this month, I’ll continue with edits of my short pieces.

I hope that you all stay safe. Here is a poster with some words of encouragement. 

Happy IWSG Day!


  1. Jemi Fraser on June 3, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    Hope you’re enjoying Dancing With Dementia!!
    I really enjoyed Not Guilty – such a powerful read – and so tense!
    Glad your PC is fixed. I can’t do anything on my phone screen either. My eyes have a few quirks (including double vision) so anything that small is way too hard for me!

  2. Nick Wilford on June 3, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    I think many people start out writing shorts or even poetry. Perhaps writing something longer seems too daunting at a young age. I dabbled in song lyrics – I wouldn’t call them poetry – also of an angst-ridden variety. We’ve come a long way!

  3. Alex J. Cavanaugh on June 3, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    At least you’ve been busy reading.
    I can surf the Internet with my phone, but way too small for reading or blogging. Glad your PC is up and running again.

  4. Carol Kilgore on June 3, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    So glad your PC is fixed. I know what a hassle it is without one. I’m reading more this year, too. Wishing you a wonderful June.

  5. L. Diane Wolfe on June 3, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    That’s wonderful your computer is fixed. I would’ve had a meltdown by now.

  6. Gwen Gardner on June 4, 2020 at 12:43 am

    It’s really hard to let people read your work, especially when you’re just starting out. Even now! LOL.

    I agree, I can’t work on my phone either. But I really need to upsize–that will help. 🙂

  7. Donna Hanton on June 4, 2020 at 1:11 am

    I think poetry is so emotionally expressive that it’s really accessible when you’re a teenager. It was my first foray into writing, along with my journal. Painfully bad, but a safety valve at the time.

  8. Sonia Dogra on June 4, 2020 at 1:23 am

    I wrote a lot as a teenager. Poems, stories and journals. Unknowingly but it helped me cope better. Good luck with all your work.

  9. Yvonne V on June 4, 2020 at 2:27 am

    Good luck with your edits and glad your computer is fixed. 🙂

  10. Glad your PC is fixed. “Not Guilty” is a really good book. I added “The Subtle Art…” to my wishlist.

  11. Hilary Melton-Butcher on June 4, 2020 at 8:14 am

    Hi Michelle – so glad you got the pc fixed … I couldn’t manage without mine. So pleased you’ve been writing as well as reading a great variety of books … I’m going to be reading a lot of the books (very mixed variety!) I’ve got here – now life is sorting itself out. Take care and all the best – Hilary

  12. Toi Thomas on June 4, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    Glad your computer is fixed. While I don’t mind surfing the web on phone, I do prefer to have my computer for blogging and commenting.
    I used to read a lot of poetry and wrote a few pieces that I don’t think were terrible, but it’s not my passion anymore.
    Nice reading list.

  13. Patricia Josephine aka Patricia Lynne on June 4, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Glad to hear your computer is fixed. I can’t do anything on my phone either. I don’t like the small screen and I make too many typos.

  14. Mary Aalgaard on June 4, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    I have “Homegoing” on my TBR list. Is it quite disturbing? I’ve heard that it is rather compelling and heartbreaking, but my fragile heart might not be able to take it.

    I’d like to know more about Flash Fiction.

    Journaling has helped me discover my voice and the voice of my characters.

    I can’t use the small phone screen either.

    All Best, Mary

  15. Loni Townsend on June 4, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    Glad your PC is fixed!

    Most of my writing ends up on the frivolous side. I’m glad people like you have the talent to actually express emotions.

  16. Shannon Lawrence on June 5, 2020 at 12:24 am

    My writing used to be very private, too, and I still have those moments where I freak out about someone I know reading my stories. Strangers is one thing. That looks like a great reading list!

  17. Madeline Mora-Summonte on June 5, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    I hear you on using the phone screen for anything too involved. I’m not sure if it’s too small or if my eyesight is too bad. 🙂

  18. C. Lee McKenzie on June 5, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    For me poetry is distilled emotion–so challenging to create. I admire you for writing it and loving it. I think that’s a secret very worth sharing.

    Thanks so much for reading Not Guilty along with another book that I enjoyed. Dancing With Dementia was one touching, enlightening story. I hadn’t heard of Shantaram, but I’ll mark it down as TBR.

  19. Chrys Fey on July 1, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    I’m glad your PC is fixed. When I blog, I have to use my PC, too.

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