The Insecure Writer’s Support Group ~ No#55

insecure-writers-groupPurpose: 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 July 06th posting of the IWSG are: Yolanda Renee, Tyrean Martinson, Madeline Mora-Summonte , LK Hill, Rachna Chhabria, and JA Scott! Don’t forget to visit them and thank them for co-hosting.

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG.



IWSG Vote for the next anthology genreThis year will see the second annual The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology being published and the contest kicks off  in the fall. You get to vote for the anthology genre!

There are 10 genres to choose from. Please vote only once. Voting ends on July 8th. The theme will be revealed after the genre is chosen. Then you’ll be able to write a story for the contest.

NOTE: The first anthology was sci-fi, so you’ll notice that is not an option.


And we’re revving up IWSG Day to make it more fun and interactive! Every month, we’ll announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day 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.
JULY 6th QUESTION: What’s the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?
Well, the first piece of flash fiction (104 words) accepted by an online magazine in 2013 came with this editorial response:
Blast From The Past Acceptance

 As you can see, I keep a printed copy of the e-mail. This was a major boost to my confidence and cemented my love for flash fiction. If you’re interested in reading the piece, click HERE. 

The next IWSG day is on August 03rd.

AUGUST 03rd QUESTION: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?


  1. Pat Garcia on July 6, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Fantastic! An email acceptance like that would boost my ego every day. I read your flash fiction piece. Great and I loved your answers to the questions on the questionaire.
    Shalom aleichem,

  2. Yolanda Renee on July 6, 2016 at 11:13 am

    You are “the quintessential multi-colored individual.”
    Loved the flash and that you have kept a copy of that review! I hope you pull it out often and the essence of inspiration from always over powers the negativity of this occupation! Congratulations!

  3. Rachna Chhabria on July 6, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Hi Michelle, an email acceptance like that will make my day. I wish we writers get such lovely letters everyday, and not just from editors but also from agents 🙂

    Rachna Chhabria
    Co-host IWSG
    Rachna’s Scriptorium

  4. Cathrina on July 6, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Fantastic compliment!!!! To have someone burst out laughing is the ultimate compliment!!! And then to have it published is over the top!!!

  5. Dean K Miller on July 6, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Those types of acceptances are so awesome. Yes, save those for the rare days when we feel defeated and deflated. I have a newspaper article from an open-mike comedy night I did long, long ago. Having the nice words keeps the energy alive.

  6. Anna on July 6, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Words have power. Let them feed you everyday. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  7. Alex J. Cavanaugh on July 6, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Congratulations! An acceptance and a great compliment. You rock.

  8. Jemi Fraser on July 6, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    What a fabulous email! Definitely a keeper 🙂

  9. Madeline Mora-Summonte on July 6, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Love that acceptance letter! Too funny. 🙂

    Looking forward to hearing the voting results for the anthology!

  10. Crystal Collier on July 6, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    I LOVE it. That’s an epic compliment and a half. Way to keep that thing. You should frame it and keep it next to your writing space, eh?

  11. Tyrean Martinson on July 6, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Love that e-mail! That’s so awesome and definitely deserved.
    Happy IWSG day!

  12. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor on July 6, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I like that piece! I can relate to the image of the short and squat library monitor 🙂

  13. Michael Di Gesu on July 6, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Hi, Michelle,

    WELL DONE! Love seeing that printed acceptance. A total moral booster for sure!

  14. Julie Flanders on July 6, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Congratulations on that acceptance! It made me smile to read it. You are so great at flash fiction that I’m not surprised by the magazine editor’s response.

    Love the new interactive question feature! You guys rock.

  15. L. Diane Wolfe on July 6, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Congrats, Michelle! You need to frame that email.

  16. J.H. Moncrieff on July 6, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    That’s such an awesome email, Michelle! Congrats! I’m loving reading everyone’s compliments and accomplishments today. It was a great theme.

    My first piece of “serious” writing was a story about vampires that was published in the local paper when I was in Grade Four. Sadly, Anne Rice I’m not. 🙂

  17. Angela Wooldridge on July 6, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Love that acceptance letter. Brilliant 🙂

  18. Carol Kilgore on July 6, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    I love how the best comments come along when we need them most. Yours is awesome!

  19. Denise Covey on July 6, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Hey Michelle! That is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing with us! And so many exciting things happening at IWSG! Have a great month! 🙂

  20. Michelle A on July 7, 2016 at 2:46 am

    That’s an amazing email to receive!

  21. LX Cain on July 7, 2016 at 3:02 am

    Great message from the editor! I read the flash piece, and love the way you did your own take on how opposites attract!

  22. Lynda R Young on July 7, 2016 at 7:40 am

    What a wonderful acceptance email!! I love that you printed it. It’s important to look back at those successes.

  23. Nicola on July 7, 2016 at 10:21 am

    WOW!! What a great email. You must brim with pride everytime you read it 🙂 Have a lovely new month. Happy writing!

  24. Doreen McGettigan on July 7, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    I voted! Looking forward to the next addituon.
    Sadly my first piece of writing, my first attempt at a novel, is gathering or should I say buried in dust. It’s been on my mind lately, nudging me. I still love the idea so you never know.

  25. Loni Townsend on July 7, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Great compliment. That certainly does boost confidence! Woot!

  26. Southpaw HR Sinclair on July 7, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    That’s a great comment. I love that you printed it out.

  27. Mandy on July 7, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    How wonderful! That was a great response to your work! I know you were thrilled to receive it! Good for you for keeping the email printed and referring to it any time you need a pick-me-up. I know I would have read that email over and over again grinning from ear to ear every time if it were mine. 🙂

  28. C. Lee McKenzie on July 8, 2016 at 12:39 am

    It’s easy to make someone cry, but to make someone burst out laughing? That’s hard. What a wonderful compliment on your writing!

  29. Leslie S. Rose on July 8, 2016 at 3:25 am

    Frame it! Frame it! Congrats hugs.

  30. Kalpanaa on July 8, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    How lovely to get a compliment like that. It’s good to have that printout as a reminder, and yes I do think framing it is a great idea. Congratulations.

  31. Chrys Fey on July 8, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    I printed out copies my my acceptance emails for my first flash fiction pieces, too! 😀

  32. Shannon Lawrence on July 9, 2016 at 9:34 am

    I keep printed copies, too! Actually, I keep both the acceptance and any rejections I got for the story. I stick them in a binder, acceptance in the front, rejections stuffed behind it. To make someone burst out laughing is quite the compliment!

  33. VR Barkowski on July 9, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    What a great acceptance email, Michelle! Congratulations. I read, Blast from the Past. Terrific. The ending IS great.

  34. Murees Dupe on July 11, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Having someone wanting to publish your work is wonderful. You must have been on such a high. You deserved that compliment. You are a very good writer, Michelle.

  35. Tyrean Martinson on July 11, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    By the way, just read Nail Polish stories and thought yours were awesome!

  36. Cherie Reich on July 12, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    I love when a person gets what you’re writing, and it sounds like they did. What a great compliment!

  37. Lidy on July 13, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    It’s great that you’ve printed and kept the copy of the email. Definitely a compliment worth framing.

  38. Medeia Sharif on July 17, 2016 at 9:51 am

    That’s a wonderful acceptance letter. I like the IWSG question. Now I’ll never struggle writing a post.

  39. Robyn Engel on July 19, 2016 at 3:21 am

    It’s not just the fact that your piece was accepted – that note is very friendly and spirited. It feels like he’s giving you a virtual hug.

    On a different note, I linked to you at my blog today.
    Be well!

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