The Insecure Writer’s Support Group ~ No#84

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 December posting of the IWSG are: J.H. Moncrieff, Tonja Drecker, Patsy Collins and Chrys Fey.

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!

DECEMBER 05th QUESTION: What are five objects we’d find in your writing space?
My space is very simple. No good luck charms or anything of the sort. It’s a bland setting.
The lamp illuminating my keyboard.
My phone.
An empty coffee cup. That’s about it.
One object I’d love to see in my writing space? A white board with a collection of colorful markers, on which to plot/plan/draw/brainstorm/mind-map and enjoy other creative pursuits… 

Don’t forget, the next Twitter pitch event is in January! It’s a great way to get noticed by editors and agents.



The participants have started posting entries for the December WEP Challenge!

I just need to polish my story and then post it by the end of this week!



The IWSG held a competition, open to all, for the best prompt to kick off 2019 in February. They graciously offered a prize. The WEP team chose an entry by Toinette Thomas, 28 DAYS.

There was also an in-house competition between the IWSG admin to come up with the best prompt for December 2019. The winner was Tyrean Martinson. The WEP team liked her suggestion, FOOTPRINTS.



 So we’ve come to the end of another year. And I’m feeling tired. We’re wrapping up all the admin at school. There are schedules to complete… and a few other odds and sods. Then we break for a month. I can’t wait. I’ll be visiting blogs over the next few days.

A wonderful holiday season to all IWSGers!


  1. Claire Sheldon on December 5, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    I think we’d all love to have one of those boards, they make it look like we know what we are doing an are pros…. I look at my husbands photo in front of my computer and think maybe I could stick postits on that!

  2. Lee Lowery on December 5, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Lots of writers swear by those dry-erase boards. I’m more of a notebook doodler and I have notes/ideas scribbled on packs of 3×5 cards. Enjoy your break!

  3. Alex J. Cavanaugh on December 5, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Go get yourself a white board then! And go ahead and draw on it now and then.

  4. Anna\ on December 5, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Who knows what the season will bring–could be a white board. You never know. 🙂

    Have a great holiday season.

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  5. Michelle Athy on December 5, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    I sometimes think about getting a cork board to pin things up on, but it wouldn’t work on my wall as is.

  6. L. Diane Wolfe on December 6, 2018 at 12:15 am

    My writing area would scare you then. LOL

  7. H.R. Sinclair on December 6, 2018 at 1:13 am

    Well, those are useful things to have while writing, except maybe the empty cup. One filled might be nice. ?

  8. Denise Covey on December 6, 2018 at 5:22 am

    Hi Mishy
    I love the end of the school year especially now I finish when the seniors finish. So I’m already on holidays and don’t go back until early February.
    I hope you get your WEP entry done…and I hope you get to give me your opinion on my vampires when you have time. Just checking that you got the email???

    Catch you later…:-)

  9. JULIE FLANDERS on December 6, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Happy Holidays to you, Michelle! I hope you enjoy your break.

  10. Natalie Aguirre on December 6, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    My work space is simple too. I’m weary too. Looking forward to slowing down at the end of this month too. I need a break from being too busy. Hope you enjoy yours.

  11. Loni Townsend on December 6, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    I think keeping it simple makes for a less distracting writing environment. But I totally hear you about the whiteboard!

  12. M.J. Fifield on December 7, 2018 at 12:09 am

    My workspace is totally cluttered with stuff, some of which actually helps with writing. I would LOVE to have a big white board in my office. That would be so much fun.

  13. Juneta Key on December 7, 2018 at 12:18 am

    Sounds like you have all you need. I’d like a whiteboard too. Happy IWSG Day.

  14. Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine on December 7, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Having one of those boards would be cool.

  15. Shannon Lawrence on December 8, 2018 at 8:54 am

    I don’t have a dry erase board in the office, but I do have a cork pin board to put up images and notes when I need. Do you keep your office simple to reduce distractions, or has it just turned out that way?

  16. Jemi Fraser on December 10, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Your writing space is all about the writing – perfect!
    Although the white board would be fun!

  17. Lisa on December 11, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Glad you’ll have such a long break! Hope you enjoy it, and, can’t wait to read your story for WEP December!

  18. Raimey Gallant on January 8, 2019 at 4:30 am

    My workspace is pretty sparse, too. It’s become complex of late for ergonomic reasons, and I sure do miss the simplicity of not caring about my spine. 🙂

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