It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. Everyone is encouraged to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.
The IMSG congregated for the monthly get-together.
The Head Speaker started the proceedings. "First on the programme, is the welcome of new members."
All heads swivelled to the side, where the group of newbies whispered amongst themselves.
The welcome was a brief affair, then an assistant handed out a copy of the Muse's Pledge to each new member.
"Would members please seperate into your assigned groups." Regular members split into various groups which represented different categories of creatures.
The assistant addressed the newbies seperately. "I'm going to read out a list of different types of creatures. There are various groups around the room. Check the board in front of each group. Please join the group that represents the creature which is featured in your master's current WIP."
As the list was read, the new members dwindled as each joined the appropriate group.
There was one member left.
The assistant was baffled. "Why haven't you joined any of the groups?"
"Well, none of those creatures sound familiar to me."
"Is your master busy with a WIP?"
"Does it have monsters or demons of any kind?"
Newbie shook her head.
"Werewolves, shapeshifters or vampires?"
"Zombies or dragons?"
"Fairies, pixies, elves, goblins, dwarves, gnomes, trolls, leprechauns, gremlins, mummies, genies…?"
The newbie looked quite distressed.
"Witches, wizards, banshees, mermaids, sirens, centaurs, selkies…?" The assistant sounded equally distressed.
"Cyborgs or androids or- or- or…. any other-worldly entities? AT ALL?"
The newbies eyes opened wider. "Do 'regular flesh-and-blood' characters count?"