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.
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.
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!
MAY 01st QUESTION: What was an early experience where you learned that language has power?
I’m going to touch briefly on introversion, spoken language and creativity.
As an introvert, I’ve always had a problem with verbal communication but not actual language usage (which I think applies to many introverts). I can’t say that there’s a specific moment when I realized consciously, that language has power. But I’m using this opportunity to say that reading the book Quiet:The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, was a real eye-opener. It made me realize just how much focus is placed on spoken language, and that introverts, being naturally quiet people, have so much to offer in terms of spoken language.
A snippet from my Goodreads review of the book: “The book confirms I don’t have to be an outspoken in-your-face person, and that, more importantly, the loud ones are not necessarily the people with the best ideas. They’re just more forceful characters and so their opinions are heard more easily, even when they may have nothing constructive to say.
Quiet people often hide a wealth of creativity and sadly, this reticence can result in many good ideas not seeing the light of day.”
A final thought on the power of language by Nelson Mandela.
The 2019 Annual IWSG Anthology Contest is now open for submissions!
Guidelines and rules:
Word count: 3500-5000
Genre: Middle Grade Historical – Adventure/Fantasy
Submissions accepted: May 1 – September 4, 2019
How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (double-spaced, no footers or headers), 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:
Elizabeth S. Craig, author and honorary judge
Dianne K. Salerni, author
S.A. Larsen, author
Rachna Chhabria, author
Tonja Drecker, author
Lynda Dietz, editor
David Powers King, author
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.
Masquerade: Oddly Suited – NOW AVAILABLE
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology
Young Adult Fiction: Romance – General/Paranormal/Contemporary
Print ISBN 9781939844644 $14.95
EBook ISBN 9781939844651 $4.99
Links: Barnes & Noble / Amazon / iTunes / Kobo / Dancing Lemur Press LLC / Goodreads
You have two options: a new IWSG anthology to read or submitting a story to the 2019 anthology contest? Or both? Happy IWSG Day!