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!
JULY 01st QUESTION: There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?
In recent years, the explosive growth of e-books seems to be flattening out somewhat. However, we all know that they’re here to stay. Having said that, I’d love to see a revival in the popularity of paperbacks and hard copies. Apparently, print books are showing no signs of continued decline, anyway. They’re still favored by many readers.
I would love to see the rise of stories where a writer’s distinct voice is “the hook”, not only the “high concept” stories which can captivate readers with a title or even just a single sentence.
From an educational perspective, I’d like to see more of a three-way collaboration with authors, libraries and schools: scheduled group visits to libraries where authors do live school group readings, and hold writing workshops with school writing groups, as well as other activities/events. I do know that this may be happening regularly in some parts of the world. Am I right?
A reminder about the annual contest.
Guidelines and rules:
Word count: 4500-6000
Genre: Science Fiction
Theme: Dark Matter
Submissions accepted: May 6 – September 2, 2020
How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (double-spaced, no footers or headers), previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your full contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group.
Happy IWSG Day!