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 August posting of the IWSG are:
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!
AUGUST 05th QUESTION: Quote: “Although I have written a short story collection, the form found me and not the other way around. Don’t write short stories, novels or poems. Just write your truth and your stories will mold into the shapes they need to be.”
Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn’t planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?
This month, I’m participating in a blog hop as well as a book launch!
Share your story about writer’s block, depression, and/or burnout and how you overcame it or what you are currently doing to heal.
Whenever I’m stuck with my writing, I always turn to one-word or picture prompts and use them as a part of free writing exercises. This gets my creative juices flowing. It works – every time. Free writing offers a blank slate for 100% honesty which is scary and yet powerful!
Catch the sparks you need to conquer writer’s block, depression, and burnout!
When Chrys Fey shared her story about depression and burnout, it struck a chord with other writers. That put into perspective for her how desperate writers are to hear they aren’t alone. Many creative types experience these challenges, battling to recover. Let Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer’s Block, Depression, and Burnout guide you through:
- Writer’s block
- Writer’s burnout
- What a writer doesn’t need to succeed
- Finding creativity boosts
With these sparks, you can begin your journey of rediscovering your creativity and get back to what you love – writing.
Good luck with the new book, Chrys!
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Jacqui Murray is preparing to launch her book “Against All Odds,” Book 3 in the Crossroads series of the Man vs. Nature series, as Xhosa’s extraordinary prehistoric saga concludes, filled with hardship, courage, survival, and family.
Title and author: Against All Odds
Series: Book 3 in the Crossroads series
Genre: Prehistoric fiction
QUESTION: You often say these people squat. Don’t they sit?
This is what Jacqui had to say.
There is nominal physical evidence showing that early man squatted rather than sat. This includes tell-tale divots and scratches in the femur, tibia, and ankle bone of Neanderthals that would result from squatting a lot. Though Neanderthals are a more recent Homo species than Xhosa’s People, I make the assumption if they didn’t sit much, neither did Homo erectus. Another reason we presume earliest man preferred to squat than sit is because it’s far more natural for the body, even now, and it’s quicker to get into and out of a squat should danger arrive. Try it—you’ll agree.
Congratulations on the new book, Jacqui!
Something to think about…
More than half of an average person’s day is spent sitting — from watching television to working at a computer — and that time tends to increase as you age and become less active. One of the best exercises to counter the effects of sitting and help you get moving? The simple squat.
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Good luck to both Chrys and Jacqui! I hope they sell loads of books!
When last have you participated in a blog hop?
Can you remember the time when blog hops were popular (about 8 or 9 years ago)? I met many blog buddies and author friends via these blog hops and I’m still in contact with them.
Did you know that squats may be the most important exercise that you do…?