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.
A big thank you to our co-hosts for this month’s posting: Tamara Narayan, Tonja Drecker, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Lauren @ Pensuasion, Stephen Tremp, and Julie Flanders! Don’t forget to visit them and thank them for co-hosting!
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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.
AUGUST 3rd QUESTION: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?
My first fictional piece, written in early 2011, was a drabble which is a 100-word story. That first drabble is published on my blog but it’s a bland and mechanical piece of writing.
I’m a flash fiction junkie – the shorter the better. For a long time, I thought I’d only be able to write 100 words at a time. I think I convinced myself that I wouldn’t manage more words in one sitting. The thing is, I’d write the 100 words and then edit the piece to death, until I had no energy or inclination to write more words. At that stage, I was enjoying the 100-word stories so much, that I didn’t give myself a chance to think beyond that.
Fast forward to July 2016… AND GUESS WHAT?
My FIRST CampNaNo and I WON! If you can remember, I always complain about being a slow writer! That’s the main reason I shied away from the challenge. On June 30, I decided to sign up. It wasn’t really planned. The only thing I knew was that I would write a collection of stories. My goal was 500 words a day which equals 15 500 words for the month. I managed a total of 15 607 words.
My month went something like this:
01st – 541 words…deep breathe and exhale…I have NO IDEA what I’m doing!!!
02nd – start second story and write 501 words but this story is not working… needs to change…so I start third story and write another 525 words
03rd – 594 words…this seems to be going okay…fingers crossed…
04th – 505 words…
05th – 513 words of a fourth story…
06th – blank! What happened? Story four is a no-go zone…
07th – back to story number three… 507 words
08th – blank! Not again!!
09th – 560 words on story number three…
10th – blank!
11th – blank! Not a good idea…what was I thinking…?
12th – 512 words on story number three…it seems to be the one!
13th – 286 words…
14th – 338 words
15th –blank again! Now what?
16th –blank! Should I give up? No!!!!!!
17th – 284 words
18th – 607 words…YES!! A BIT BETTER.
19th – 564 words
20th – 871 words
21st – 709 words
22nd – 720 words
23rd – 710 words
24th –blank! OH NO!!! JUST WHEN I WAS ON A ROLL!
25th – 320 words
26th – 230 words
27th – blank! NOOOOOOOOO!
28th –blank! NOOOOOOOO! I ONLY HAVE 3 DAYS LEFT!
29th – 1020 words…feeling chuffed!
30th – 594 words
31st – If I want to win, then I need to write 3 500 odd words in a few hours!? Eeeeeeeeeeek! LORD HELP ME!
On the last day, I wrote 3615 words of a brand new story from a set of thirty word prompts. But the writing flowed on the last day! I felt so inspired. It confirmed my belief that I write better from word/picture prompts.
CampNano was a great experience, one that I MAY repeat sometime in the future.
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Coming soon from fellow IWSG member and administrator Lynda R Young!
Cling to God: A Daily Devotional.
Release date: October 18th, 2016
Published by Freedom Fox Press
Cling to God in the chaos of life…
Cling to God is a book of devotionals for every day of the year. The aim is to encourage Christians in their faith, to help them think about their beliefs and learn more about God. The devotions are short and inspirational so that people with busy lifestyles will still be able to spend time with the Lord each day. It will appeal to a wide Christian audience, to those new in their faith as well as those matured beyond milk and honey.
Author Bio: Lynda R. Young, a Christian first, writes devotionals, articles, and speculative short stories. In her spare time she is also an editor, game developer, artist, and dabbles in photography and all things creative. She lives in Australia with her sweetheart of a husband. You can find her here: Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads
So what happened to your first pieces of writing? What was your first CampNano experience like? If you haven’t done CampNano, why not?