The Insecure Writer’s Support Group ~ No#86

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 February posting of the IWSG are:
Raimey Gallant, Natalie Aguirre, CV Grehan, and Michelle Wallace!

Don’t forget to visit them and thank them for co-hosting!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

How many of you IWSGers know about the WEP+IWSG collaboration? The Write Edit Publish (WEP for short) challenge is the brainchild of Denise Covey, which started in 2010.

10 Reasons Why You Should Join WEP – by the WEP Team

As our Mission Statement on our website states: ‘Write…Edit…Publish aims to create a supportive writing community…’ Denise Covey and her first co-host Francine Howarth began WEP to support fellow creatives by providing an environment where creativity is nurtured. Three co-hosts and a team later, WEP continues to value its position as a supportive writing community, open to writers at every level.

There are numerous reasons why you should join WEP. Here are ten of them.

1. It’s good practice. The more you write, the better you get. WEP offers the opportunity to share your work and receive feedback, which is a wonderful way to learn about your strengths and weaknesses as a writer. Plus, with a new prompt with each challenge, you can push yourself to consider new ideas you may not have thought of on your own. Some participants even choose to tell a continuous story from challenge to challenge. This is not an easy task since you’re working with a prompt, but it can be a rewarding one for those who choose to try it.

2. WEP comes with a built-in pool of readers. People return time and again to contribute their stories, and participants are highly encouraged to read and comment on everyone’s entries. Even when past WEP contributors cannot submit a piece for a current challenge, they often make the effort to read and comment. If you participate, readers will come.

3. WEP gives writers a chance to stretch their creative muscles and experiment with genres. If you keep it to 1,000 words or less, you can take your work in any direction you see fit. Make us laugh. Make us cry. Frighten us, if you wish. Don’t be afraid to try something new. It doesn’t have to be perfect. This is a supportive community more than willing to offer constructive feedback. And who knows? Maybe your audience will love the result, and you’ll find a new genre to play in.

4. Participating in WEP can lead to submission opportunities. Maybe you’ll write a poem worthy of publication elsewhere. Perhaps the short piece you write for WEP will have good bones that can be built upon and expanded. An idea born through WEP might grow and morph into something you would never have dreamed up otherwise.

5. Writing to a word count makes for crisper, leaner writing. With WEP, you’re limited to 1,000 words or less. It’s challenging to tell a story this brief, but that’s what makes it worthwhile. Many writers struggle with concise storytelling. We often end up with extra words or scenes that we don’t need. Learning to self-edit is critical.

6. You might become more aware of your writing choices. Nothing helps you learn more about your work than trying new things and sharing your words with others. Helpful readers may point out some of the interesting things you’re doing that you didn’t even notice. Having a strict word count in place also forces us to think about the choices we make as we write.

7. Reading through other entries improves editing and critiquing skills. When you’re asked to read something with a critical eye, you approach the piece in a different way than you might otherwise. Over time, you’ll learn to ask important questions that may help you in editing your own work down the line.

8. Reading through other entries may also spark inspiration for your own work. We don’t exist in isolation. All of us draw inspiration from the world around us, and that includes the fictional works that we engage with. Reading a diverse range of stories can only add to your creative well.

9. It’s like being part of a writing workshop. You can request the level of feedback you receive. If you’re not comfortable with receiving a thorough critique of your submission, that’s perfectly okay. We understand that. You may also have specific questions about how readers responded to certain aspects of your work. Feel free to ask those questions.

10. WEP is a wonderful networking opportunity. This community gives all writers the chance to interact with their peers and develop meaningful friendships. In addition to constructive criticism, it also offers plenty of support and encouragement.

So, there you have it. There are many reasons to participate in WEP, and if you haven’t yet given it a try, why not throw your hat into the ring for this month’s challenge? If you have participated in the past, how would you rate your experience? Can you think of any additional reasons to join in?

Thank you to the current WEP team: Denise Covey, L.G. Keltner, Nilanjana Bose and Olga Godim.  There’s loads of hard work put in behind the scenes! Thank you ladies!



Look at the wonderful line up for the 2019 Challenges! I urge you to sign up… you won’t be disappointed.

Here is the link: http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2019/01/wepiwsg-first-challenge-of-2019-sign-up.html

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!

FEBRUARY 06th QUESTION: Besides writing what other creative outlets do you have?
The following photos forced me to experiment with the picture gallery block in the new WordPress Gutenberg editor which is still a major challenge… grrrrrrrr! *sigh*

What creative pursuits do you enjoy? If you’re on WordPress, how are you managing the new Gutenberg editor (I can’t find the underline button??) Do you intend signing up for the WEP challenge: the posting date is Wednesday 20th February, so you still have two weeks!

Happy IWSG Day! I’ll be doing the rounds over the next few days.

122 Comments

  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh on February 5, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    All excellent reasons. Gives you the opportunity for feedback from a known group of writers, which is better than a bunch of strangers.

  2. Patricia Lynne aka on February 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    I agree with the term art therapy. 😉

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 5:22 am

      Thanks, Patty!
      We all need some therapy… 🙂
      Hope you’re well?

  3. L. Diane Wolfe on February 5, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    I single idea from a WEP entry can lead to so much more.

    I’d love to try your coffee. I’ve never heard of that brand.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 5:23 am

      It’s delicious. I think it’s a brand from the Netherlands.

  4. Ann Friend on February 6, 2019 at 5:36 am

    Happy IWSG Day, thank you for co-hosting! Blessings!

  5. Denise Covey on February 6, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Hi Michelle!

    Thanks for the super shout out. It was fun for the team to put the 10 Reasons together. Writing for WEP has definitely honed my writing skills and taken me into territory I never would have imagined.

    Love Douwe Egberts coffee. Often get sachets when I’m traveling. Which is my other creative outlet – traveling.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 5:28 am

      The WEP has also taken me into new territory as I experiment with genre, style and voice. Let’s see where else it takes me…
      I haven’t seen Douwe Egberts sachets. It would be handy to have a few of those sachets tucked away in my bag… ?

  6. Raimey Gallant on February 6, 2019 at 9:39 am

    WEP is definitely a great initiative. I actually listed it on my list of blog hops for authors last year. Happy IWSG Day!

  7. Nancy Gideon on February 6, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Darn you, Michelle! Just looking over the WEP line up got my creative wheels spinning. I may force myself out of my comfort zone to take a look . . . Love your photo treatment! Thanks for being co-host this month!!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 5:31 am

      Join us, Nancy!
      Though I have to warn you that the WEP challenge is highly addictive!

  8. CV Grehan on February 6, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Ah, Gutenberg and I had a few choice words while I attempted to assemble yesterday’s post. Thank you for the WEP incentive! And thank you for co-hosting this month!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 5:32 am

      I can well imagine what those ‘choice words’ involved… I’m STILL looking for the underline button…

  9. Jennifer Lee Hawes on February 6, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    WEP sounds like a great community of writers! I should’ve listed coffee drinking as my hobby/creative outlet!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 5:33 am

      Coffee fuels creativity so I’m sure it belongs amongst the creative outlets… doesn’t it? Thanks for the visit, Jennifer.

  10. Sheri Larsen on February 6, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    WEP is awesome! I haven’t tried the new editor yet. My regular blog is through Blogger. But a few group sites I belong to are through WordPress, so everyone would have to accept the changes. Honestly, I think we’ve all just ignored it. LOL Thank you for hosting!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 5:35 am

      We have to just accept the changes, learn the new Gutenberg editor and move on. I’m sure I’ll soon get the hang of it. Hopefully, the sooner the better. I have no choice…
      Thanks, Sheri!

  11. Tamara Ann Narayan on February 6, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    I had never heard of zentangle until my daughters made several in their art classes in school. I have painted, drawn, and made a fairy garden in the past. These days, I’ve been too busy to spend too much time on extra projects.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 5:36 am

      I’m also short on time, so these days, most of my time goes to the writing.
      Other creative pursuits have taken a back seat.

  12. L.G. Keltner on February 6, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Thanks for featuring WEP in your post today! Coffee definitely helps boost creativity. At least it does for me!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 5:37 am

      Hopefully, the post will draw more writers to the WEP challenge!

  13. Deb R.H. on February 6, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    I receive the e-mails. I need to look into joining.

    Thanks for co-hosting!

  14. Nilanjana Bose on February 6, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Thank you for the shout out, Michelle! WEP has made a huge difference to me and my writing. Apart from the fun.
    Knitting is my only other creative outlet I guess. The rest have to do with writing and/or reading. Does pottering around old buildings/museums/alleys count as creative? 🙂
    Have a super week.
    Nila.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 5:40 am

      I’m sure that pottering around old buildings/museums/alleys counts!
      All that beautiful architecture gives ideas for setting/scenes etc, which means it helps boost creativity!

  15. Cathrina on February 6, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you for co-hosting, Michelle.

    I don’t use Word Press. I’m on Blogger and I’m thinking of starting over. Blogger is causing me great angst. I keep looking at WEP, but I don’t know if I can find any extra minutes to put into it.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 5:42 am

      There are many ways to make use of the WEP challenge.
      For example, If you need feedback on a single scene that fits the WEP prompt and fits into your current work in progress, then you could post the scene as a WEP submission. It’s a way of getting a fresh perspective on your words.

  16. Megan Morgan on February 6, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    I’m going to have to check out the WEP, it sounds really interesting! I’ve seen people talking about it. Thanks for explaining it a bit!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 5:43 am

      It’s a wonderful writing community!
      Thanks, Megan.

  17. Carol Kilgore on February 6, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    I’m seeing tons of very creative people today. And tons of people way more organized than I am. Maybe I’m creatively disorganized.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 5:44 am

      Nothing wrong with being creatively disorganized… it’s still includes creativity! ?

  18. Toi Thomas on February 6, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks for co-hosting this month.
    I love the WEP challenge. It has improved my writing so much. Plus, it’s lots of fun and inspiring.
    I do not like the new WordPress editor at all. It makes everything blocky and more complicated than necessary. I use HTML a lot, but even trying to use and edit that is cumbersome with this new format. As far as the underline button goes, I have no idea, but you can add the code like this ( text ) I believe. At least you use to. :/

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 5:46 am

      The new WordPress editor is far too blocky! That describes it… perfectly. But I suppose we’ll get the hang of it. We have no choice.

  19. Christine Rains on February 6, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    All great reasons for participating. I love seeing everyone’s creative outlets today. Thanks for co-hosting today. 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 5:47 am

      So much creativity and energy in one place. 🙂

  20. Roland Yeomans on February 6, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    My last WEP entry became the prologue to my latest novel — No, I am going to be gentlemanly and not hype it here! 🙂 But I enjoy the challenge. Like you said: it stretches your imagination to go in directions you might not otherwise go. I, too, talked about WEP today and even posted my entry a bit early to encourage others to join, Thanks for caring for the community as you do.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 5:48 am

      I know you are very busy, so thank you for visiting today, Roland!
      I’ll pop by to read your post one of these days. 🙂

  21. Debs on February 6, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    I’d seen WEP mentioned before and thought it looked good. Then I got overwhelmed with all the things I already do and don’t do well enough, so I side-stepped it. I’ll re-visit that decision.

    Thanks for co-hosting 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 5:49 am

      Thank you for visiting, Debs!
      See you at the WEP challenge. 🙂

  22. Madeline Mora-Summonte on February 6, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Happy IWSG Day! Thanks for co-hosting!

  23. C. Lee McKenzie on February 6, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    You nailed it, Michelle! All great reasons for doing WEP.

    As to Guttenberg…I’ve avoided it so far, but I’m sure I’ll have to tackle it one of these days. I wish WP would hire some programmers that think like writers think. Those engineering brains see the world from a very different perspective.

    Glad you’re co-hosting today.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 5:50 am

      Engineering brains and writer brains are worlds apart… I think.
      As for Gutenberg, I’ll just plod along until it sinks in. I’m getting there.

  24. Sadira Stone on February 6, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Yeah, the new WordPress is challenging. For this post, I had to go back and remove duplicate text all over the place. I’m with you on the coffee, oh sacred elixir of focus. Thanks for co-hosting!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 5:51 am

      “…oh sacred elixir of focus…” Now that made me smile.
      Thank you, Sadira and welcome to my blog.

  25. Carnie the Bookworm on February 6, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks for co-hosting this month.
    I’m just a bookworm, but my friend Toi, loves participating in the WEP challenge. I love reading the stories. They are so varied and diverse while all being connected to the same theme. It seems like such a supportive and creative way to write.
    Great post.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 5:53 am

      The variety is what makes the WEP challenge so exciting. Oh, and also the great vibes and energy amongst the WEP participants too. WEP is a wonderful gathering.
      Thank you for visiting, Carnie.

  26. Diane Burton on February 6, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks for co-hosting this month. I’m always on the lookout for good coffee. I’ll see if I can find yours. Best wishes.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 5:55 am

      It’s a delicious brand. I believe there are more flavors which I plan to track down and add to my coffee collection. Though I’ve been trying to cut back on too much coffee consumption. It’s a conflicting situation. *sigh*
      Thanks, Diane!

  27. Carnie the Bookworm on February 6, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Not sure if my last comment was saved or not. Just in case, I wanted to try to say thanks for co-hosting.

  28. Patsy on February 6, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    I already belong to two feedback groups, both catering specifically to the genres I write. If I didn’t I’d be giving WEP a try, as good feedback is extremely important.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 6:00 am

      Feedback groups catering to the specific genre is very important, I guess.
      The WEP participants are a multi-genre batch of writers. I suppose that gives a different perspective and flavour to the writing feedback.
      Thank you, Patsy.

  29. Lynn La Vita on February 6, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Very interesting post. My first IWSG blog hop post was Nov 2016, however I didn’t understand what WEP was all about. Now I know. I’m intrigued. Thank you for co-hosting IWSG blog hop this month.
    Lynn La Vita IWSG blog: Writers Supporting Writers

  30. Anna on February 6, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    All good points. They definitely have a fan in you. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  31. SE White on February 6, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Happy IWSG day! The WEP group sounds like a fountain of creativity, which is so appropriate for this month’s IWSG question. Thanks for co-hosting, and for giving us reasons to try WEP 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 6:01 am

      “Fountain of creativity” is the perfect description, SE!

  32. SE White on February 6, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    WEP definitely sounds like a place to let creativity shine. So appropriate for this month’s question! Thanks for co-hosting, and for giving us the reasons to join in with WEP. 🙂

  33. Jacqui Murray on February 6, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    I gave up on Gutenberg and had my computer guru install the plug-in to override it. I like the blank paper approach.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 6:03 am

      Will there come a time when we have no choice but to use the Gutenberg, or will the override function always be available? That’s what worries me.

  34. Loni Townsend on February 6, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Excellent reasons! Makes me wish I had more time. Right now, I’m juggling so much, even the stuff I’m passionate to finish gets put aside.

  35. Jemi Fraser on February 6, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Love the reasons! I’ve recently joined the WEP challenges and have found them to be a lot of fun. I had never tried flash fiction until these and they’re great. Definitely a learning opportunity and a great way to make friends and read the works of great writers 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 6:04 am

      It’s a great way to expand on creativity by trying different things.
      Thanks, Jemi!

  36. Lee Lowery on February 6, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    You have tempted me to give WEP a try. I have a new idea brewing, apart from my two stated goals for the year, and this might be the place to give it a go. Maybe April. 🙂 Your hobbies are interesting – strong hand/eye coordination and finger dexterity, and beautiful results! Ok, not the coffee. Well, yes, maybe the coffee, too. 🙂

    Thanks for co-hosting today.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 6:05 am

      Definitely the coffee too! It requires the “strong hand/eye coordination and finger dexterity” every few hours or so… and tasty results that cannot be denied! 🙂

  37. Melissa Maygrove on February 6, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Great post. You made ME want to do WEP, and I don’t even have enough hours in the day to finish all my non-blogging stuff. LOL

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 6:06 am

      LOL Melissa! ?
      Maybe you’ll find some time in the not-too-distant-future, to give the WEP challenge a go!

  38. Olga Godim on February 6, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks for putting up our joined post here, Michelle. This is a great advertisement for WEP.
    BTW: the underline button disappeared from the old WP editor too. I guess, they don’t think it is needed. I’m still using the old editor and happy with it. I’m so afraid they would discard it one of these days and force everyone to use the new one. Argh!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 6:07 am

      Exactly what you said, Olga.
      Will there come a time when we have no choice but to use the Gutenberg, or will the override function always be available? That’s what worries me.

  39. Susan Gourley on February 6, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    My personal blog is on blogger but the blog I run for my writing group is wordpress and I’m struggling with figuring out things. Why must every thing change??? LOL

  40. Jemima Pett on February 6, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    I haven’t tried Gutenberg yet, but I was wondering how different it was from Mailchimp’s newsletter set-up, which seems to have blocks and templates.
    Does control-U give you underline (or CMD-U in Mac?)
    Hmm… it doesn’t in this comment form, so maybe not.
    Good luck. I may wait till I see more on how you’re doing with it before changing!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 6:10 am

      Jemima, I’m stumbling about in the dark, trying to figure this out so I doubt that I’m the person to lead the way.

  41. Nick Wilford on February 6, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    It’s such a supportive and creative group. And I love judging the entries!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 6:10 am

      I hope you’re having fun at the same time, Nick!

  42. Natalie Aguirre on February 6, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Sorry, but I’m on blogger. I have to figure out something too–how to make someone an administrator and how they can access my blog to help me update my agent spotlights. Good luck figuring out your challenges.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 6:11 am

      Good luck to you too, Natalie.
      I’m sure we’ll figure something out. It’s a constant learning process.

  43. Juneta Key on February 6, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    I keep telling myself I am doing the next WEP and then don’t. Hopefully I will get there. Happy IWSG, thanks for co-hosting.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 6:12 am

      You’ll get there, Juneta. All in good time. 🙂

  44. Che on February 7, 2019 at 2:17 am

    I’m not sure if I’m ready for WEP, but I bet a few of the members in my critique group will be interested. I’ll pass this info on to them.

    Thanks for co-hosting this month’s IWSG post.

  45. Doreen Mcgettigan on February 7, 2019 at 4:18 am

    Thank you so much for cohosting this month Michelle. You have definitely inspired me to give it a try:)

  46. Liesbet on February 7, 2019 at 5:05 am

    Thanks for the detailed explanation – and encouragement – to join in the WEP challenges. Many good reasons to join. But, it appears to me that this is purely for fiction submissions? I truly wish there were more hours in the day. 🙂 Thanks for co-hosting this month, Michelle! I’m not nearly as creative as you, since writing is about my only passion (other than travel). I do have WordPress, but not the editor you mention.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 6:14 am

      No, it’s not only for fiction.
      Non-fiction and poetry submissions are also allowed, Liesbet. 🙂

  47. Heather Erickson on February 7, 2019 at 6:16 am

    I’m still struggling with Gutenberg, too. So, I go back to the Classic editor. Thanks for the info on WEP. I will have to check it out. Thanks for hosting IWSG this month.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 6:15 am

      The new WordPress editor is far too blocky!
      Will there come a time when we have no choice but to use the Gutenberg, or will the override function always be available? That’s what worries me.

  48. Shannon Lawrence on February 7, 2019 at 8:23 am

    All good reasons! It’s a worthwhile exercise and a great community.

  49. Adrienne Reiter on February 7, 2019 at 8:30 am

    I use blogspot for my blog and WordPress for my website. I have links between the two. My dream is to combine them somehow. My podcast is through podbean, but is also available through all podcatchers. Great post. Thanks for co-hosting!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 6:17 am

      Combining the two? Sounds tricky.
      Thank you, Adrienne!

  50. Angela Wooldridge on February 7, 2019 at 11:17 am

    WEP sounds brilliant – I already have a couple similar things otherwise I’d join, but I’d recommend it to anyone hovering.Great networking & crit buddying possibilities.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 6:17 am

      It’s an amazing platform, Angela.
      Yes, great networking and crit buddying possibilities.

  51. Jen on February 7, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    It’s been a long time since I participated in a WEP challenge but I loved the two that I wrote for. The community really is very supportive. It sounds like it’s grown a lot over the past year. I’ll definitely check it out!

    – Jen

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 6:19 am

      It’s grown… but the great vibe and energy has remained!

  52. Tyrean Martinson on February 8, 2019 at 1:14 am

    10 great reasons to WEP! Thanks for sharing these, Michelle!

  53. Beverly Stowe McClure. on February 8, 2019 at 2:07 am

    Thanks for co-hosting today. Very interesting post. Guess I need to check out WEP. You convinced me. Have a great week.

  54. Lisa on February 8, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Some of the reasons you came up with were ones I hadn’t thought of. Thank you so much for sharing these. Made me think outside the box. Came over from C.L. McKenzie’s blog! I do participate, but not every month, especially since I’m trying to finish my current WIP.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 6:21 am

      I’ve read your amazing WEP entries, Lisa. I loved the Ribbons and Candles story that you wrote. 🙂

  55. Lisa on February 8, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    PS, thanks for co-hosting!

  56. J Lenni Dorner on February 9, 2019 at 5:03 am

    Excellent post! I enjoy doing WEP. It’s fun to write a short story every now and then. Keeps the mind in shape. And it’s less pressure than a whole published book. Plus, good community of writers!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 6:24 am

      Less pressure than a published book – that nails it! However, there are some participants who use the prompts to develop their full length story…
      Love the energy of the group! 🙂

  57. Yvonne V on February 9, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Thank you for hosting this month! And coffee does allow for more creativity. 🙂

  58. Victoria Marie Lees on February 9, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    WEP sounds great. I’ll have to check it out. I write to word counts all the time in my YA adventure fiction stories. Thanks so much for suggesting this Michelle. Thanks for co-hosting the February IWSG question. All best to you!

  59. Lynda A Dietz on February 9, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    You and I have many similar interests! Music and editing are not only my two jobs, but they are two of my favorite things. I’ve crocheted before and enjoy it immensely, though I don’t have a lot of time for it lately. And coffee . . . well. Coffee is coffee! Our love for it makes our world a bit smaller and more friendly, don’t you think?

    I love the art therapy thing. I recently got a coloring app on my phone just to kill time with something that isn’t a word game while waiting in line for things, or at the doctor’s office, etc. It’s really addictive to color florals, mosaics, mandalas, etc. I’m hooked.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 10, 2019 at 6:27 am

      Sounds like we are kindred spirits. ❤️
      Coffee = unity!

  60. Lidy on February 14, 2019 at 4:21 am

    Aside from writing, any other creative pursuits are from my long ago youth. I’m on WP but not aware of the new editor. It still looks like the old one. Are you on .com or .org?
    Thanks for co-hosting this month!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 20, 2019 at 5:00 pm

      Since I have a self-hosted blog, I’m on (dot)co(dot)za

  61. Ronel Janse van Vuuren on February 16, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Love the photos 🙂 Gutenberg is a little tricky. I’ve found that some keyboard shortcuts that work in MS Word work there: like shift+Enter to stay in one paragraph format without starting a new block. Have you tried ctrl+u to underline? (I don’t do much underlining, so haven’t searched for a solution, yet.) Good luck!

    Ronel visiting for Feb’s IWSG Day Being an Insecure Writer — And Happy About It

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