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!
DECEMBER 02nd QUESTION: Are there months or times of the year that you are more productive with your writing than other months, and why?
When I read this question, it made me think of Seasonal Writing Disorder, a condition which I’ve read about and the fact that it affects many writers.
I have to confess that I haven’t really monitored my productivity or lack of productivity according to the seasons.
I know that many people go weeks without writing while others write on a daily basis. I also know that the writers who go weeks without writing are not necessarily less productive. How so? Some writers measure their output in the context of a year, and have discovered that they are just as productive as the writer who puts pen to paper every day.
You also get those who are loyal NaNoWriMoers and are extremely productive during the November challenge.
Some of the least productive writers have all the time in the world. Some of the most productive have the least.
Each writer has an individual cycle. It’s a highly personal thing.
The bottom line is not to worry about how other people think writers should write – you’ve got to work in ways that work for you.
Accept that we are all different.
Embrace your writing process.
Our book club is changing things up!
We will have quarterly book selections now, giving us more time to read. We will also have one fiction book selection and one writing craft book selection. Members can read both or choose between them. Finally, we won’t be offering 5 optional discussion questions anymore. Instead, we will be utilizing the polls that our members enjoy, so there will be one poll question for the fiction book and one for the non-fiction book on Discussion Day.
Our December/January/February reads are…
Ghost Light by Joseph O’Connor, a book written in second person. Since many readers haven’t read a book in second person, and many writers haven’t written in second person, we figured this is a great chance to explore something new.
Preparing to Write Settings that Feel Like Characters by J Lenni Dorner. This will be our writing craft book, with a focus on settings.
Discussion Day for both books will be February 24, 2021!