The Insecure Writer’s Support Group ~ No#110

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 May posting of the IWSG are:  Erika Beebe, PJ Colando, Tonja Drecker, Sadira Stone, and Cathrina Constantine!

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!

MAY 05th QUESTION – Has any of your readers ever responded to your writing in a way that you didn’t expect? If so, did it surprise you? 
When I started blogging, I can remember one or two blogger buddies/writers  telling me that I should publish some of my short fiction. I was surprised because at that stage, I hadn’t even thought about publishing as an option. I was just enjoying the process of writing the short pieces. But as time has passed, I’ve had many people say that they enjoy my flash fiction. It always surprises me. I suppose I’m too familiar with the pieces so it’s difficult to be objective.

Time to announce: The Seventh Annual IWSG Anthology Contest!

Guidelines and rules:

Word count: 5000-6000

Genre: Sweet Romance

Theme: First Love

Submissions accepted: 
May 7 – September 1, 2021

How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (double-spaced, no footers or headers), previously unpublished story to admin @ before the deadline passes. Please include your full contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group. You must belong to at least one aspect of the IWSG to enter.

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges.



  1. C. Lee McKenzie on May 5, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    Those bloggers did you a service. How great it was that they did.

  2. Jemi Fraser on May 5, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Love it – it’s always nice to hear that kind of comment!!

  3. Anna on May 5, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    I agree with Lee. You listened and now you’re here. 😉

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  4. Erika Beebe on May 5, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    What a fantastic compliment! Have you ever developed more from these short stories? Happy IWSG Day 🙂

  5. H.R.Sinclair on May 5, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    What a nice thing to hear!

  6. Alex J. Cavanaugh on May 5, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    Hopefully you are working on that publishing thing now, especially with all of the encouragement.

  7. Loni Townsend on May 5, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    I’ve enjoyed the stories I’ve read from you!

  8. L. Diane Wolfe on May 5, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    We can be our own worst critic.

  9. Hilary Melton-Butcher on May 6, 2021 at 7:31 am

    Hi Michelle – it’s always lovely to get complimentary comments isn’t it – congratulations to you … and here’s to your future … Sweet Romance sounds an interesting subject for September – stay safe and all the best – Hilary

  10. Patricia Anne Pierce-garcia Schaack on May 6, 2021 at 10:58 am

    Writing Flash Fiction is great and the people who knew your writing at that time did you a big favor.
    I love Flash Fiction. That is how I learned to tighten up my manuscripts.
    Wishing you all the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  11. Patty Josephine on May 7, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    You write great flash fiction. I’m glad they encouraged you to share it.

  12. Kathy McKendry on June 2, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    That’s awesome to get encouragement like that! I love writing flash fiction as well!

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