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!
OCTOBER 02nd QUESTION: It’s been said that the benefits of becoming a writer who does not read is that all your ideas are new and original. Everything you do is an extension of yourself, instead of a mixture of you and another author. On the other hand, how can you expect other people to want your writing, if you don’t enjoy reading? What are your thoughts?
Reading and writing? I’m a reader first. I didn’t plan on becoming a writer. For me, writing came after reading and I can’t imagine not reading. Now I also can’t imagine not writing. The only ‘complaint’ I have is this – I don’t read in the same manner anymore. I can’t get “lost” in a story as easily as before. I find it difficult to turn off my ‘writer brain’ when reading a book, especially if I read over a few sittings. However, if I get stuck into a book and read non-stop, then it’s easier to shut off and read for enjoyment.
I’m fortunate that I don’t have to be ‘in the mood’ to pick up a book and read. I can read. Everyday. I always say that if I could read all day and get paid for it, that would be my perfect job. This is my seventh year doing the Goodreads challenge and I’ve reached my set reading goals over the past six years. So all is good in the reading department.
Now if only I could write as fast as I read…
Remember if you’re on Facebook, you can link your monthly blog post to the badge pinned at the top of the IWSG Facebook page.
Every month, IWSG members link their blog posts as soon as their posts go live. With all the links in one place, you can see who has already posted and it can save you time visiting the blogs of members who haven’t posted yet.
Happy IWSG Day!