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.
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?
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.