The Insecure Writer’s Support Group ~ No#99

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 March posting of the IWSG are: Jacqui Murray, Lisa Buie-Collard, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence!

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!

MARCH 04th QUESTION: Other than the obvious holiday traditions, have you ever included any personal or family traditions/customs in your stories?

It’s been a hectic two months. Hectic and scorching! It’s cooled down a little and I’m just trying to recover from the craziness of January and February. We’re moving into autumn now and the humidity has eased up.
Over the past two months, I didn’t get much writing done, so now I need to get back into the swing of things. I will be working on editing some of the flash fiction pieces I’ve written over the last few years. I like returning to older pieces with a fresh eye. Distance lends great perspective and sometimes, when I re-read a piece that I can’t remember, it can be a pleasant surprise to discover some gems.

Here’s the March Instagram schedule:

Happy IWSG Day!


  1. Carol Kilgore on March 4, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    Our long, hot, humid summer will be arriving in a couple of months. We’re having some spring weather now and it’s nice. I know how draining summer can be.

  2. Alex J. Cavanaugh on March 4, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Glad autumn is in sight and you’re cooling down. When you’re overheated, you don’t feel like doing anything.

  3. Sarah Foster on March 4, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Good luck editing your flash fiction! I’ve been trying some newer ideas lately to keep myself writing.

  4. L. Diane Wolfe on March 4, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    You’re going to find some wonderful stories in those old flash fiction pieces.

  5. Denise Covey on March 5, 2020 at 1:56 am

    Yay for flash fiction. I’m editing and turning some of my hundreds of WEP stories into a few books. Much of the flash fiction is now short stories, well over the 1,000 words.
    We’ve been sweltering since October with no end in sight. Our summers have increased by 28 – 48 days depending on which state you live in. I huddle in my air conditioned writing room most of the days I’m at home. Bliss.

  6. Jemi Fraser on March 5, 2020 at 2:23 am

    I don’t know how you handle the heat!! I’d be a puddle
    I also need a lot of time between revision rounds. Working on a story I haven’t looked at in a year and having fun with it!! Good luck with your shorts 🙂

  7. Patricia Josephine on March 5, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Since I’m opposite of you, I’m looking forward to warmer weather coming. Some peeked in the other week, but then it snowed again.

  8. Damyanti on March 6, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Good Luck with the editing!

  9. Lynda A Dietz on March 7, 2020 at 6:08 am

    I love looking back at stuff I wrote long ago and either cringing or being impressed and wondering who wrote that amazing stuff, haha. Mostly cringing, but that’s okay. It shows me how far I’ve come. I’d love to see your flash fiction all together in a collection! I worked with an author who put together 101 micro-horror stories that were each exactly 100 words long. It was a challenge to edit, since none of the stories needed much fixing, but even a single word omitted needed to have a replacement somewhere else to keep the count at 100.

  10. Nithya on March 17, 2020 at 6:55 am

    Oh yes, it’s been hot for the last two weeks I don’t like to do anything much during this season, but waiting for autumn. Looking forward to the March IWSG schedule. I ‘ve been trying to learn some new ideas so that later I can use it while writing!!! Good Luck for your editing.

  11. Hilary Melton-Butcher on March 25, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Hi Michelle – good to see you – apologies for the lateness … IWSG throws up so many posts – I think one of the reasons I don’t join … still I always seem to be commenting! I hope March has eased out for you … and now – with the dreaded thing keeping us separate – I hope life isn’t too bad – and you can get some things done … take care and all the best – Hilary

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