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!
AUGUST 01st QUESTION: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?
I haven’t published a book yet, but I’d warn newbies to beware
of those offers that sound “too good to be true.” They probably are! There are loads of scamsters and unsavoury characters trying to make some quick money, and many eager, unsuspecting writers fall prey to these tricksters. Do NOT part with your hard-earned money because you are in a hurry to be published. Ask around. Do some research. Take your time. You WILL get there.
There is a load of new stuff going on, so let me get to it!
The 2018 Annual IWSG Anthology Contest
Word count: 3500-6000
Genre: Young Adult Romance
A Masquerade can be a false show or pretense, someone pretending to be someone they aren’t. It can be a ball, a fancy dress party, it can be a mask. Open to interpretation.
Submissions accepted: September 5 – November 4, 2018
How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (Double spaced, no page numbers), previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group.
Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges who will be announced September 5.
Prizes: The winning stories will be edited and published by Freedom Fox Press next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will have the honor of giving the anthology its title.
The IWSG/WEP COLLABORATION
The Insecure Writer’s Support Group has entered into a new partnership with the Write…Edit…Publish Challenge (aka WEP) which is the brainchild of Denise Covey and her wonderful team.
WEP is a free online writing/creative community.
Choose from the following formats: FLASH FICTION, POETRY, NON-FICTION, ARTWORK, PHOTO ESSAYS
- SUBMIT your name to the Inlinkz list that will be provided on the WEP blog. The list opens 01 August which is TODAY!
2. CREATE your entry for the August challenge – CHANGE OF HEART
3. EDIT your entry
4. POST your entry on your blog/face book page on August 15 – state feedback preferences
5. READ other entries, giving feed back
ALL GENRES WELCOME except erotica – 1,000 words maximum. Visit the WEP site for more information.
The IWSG Goodreads Book Club
We’re almost at 300 book club members!
Our book selection for August/September is:
The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
This one is for our memoir writers and anyone who has ever thought of writing a memoir. The discussion will start September 19th and will go to the end of the month, but it will be up indefinitely, so you can hop in whenever you’re able. Join Us On Goodreads.
Facebook Shake Up
The Facebook members can look forward to some new activities. Starting in August, the line-up will be as follows:
Sunday – New Member Shout Out
First Monday – Member Services Offered
The remaining Mondays – Informational Monday
First Wednesday – IWSG Day
Second Wednesday – Ask For Help
Third Wednesday will be shared with WEP
The WEP challenge is on the third Wednesday of August, October and December, which is every alternate month
On the non-WEP third Wednesdays – Wordsmith Tales
Fourth Wednesday – Hot Topic/Industry News
Fifth Wednesday – WOW It’s Wednesday
Friday – News & Promo
We look forward to stimulating conversation and exciting discussions/debates on a variety of topics. JOIN US ON FACEBOOK.
Do you want to attempt a YA story? Or a story based on a Change Of Heart? Maybe join us for some lively discussion on the upcoming facebook Hot Topics platform? Or visit the memoir discussion over at Goodreads? There is plenty to keep your creative juices flowing!
Happy IWSG Day!