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 February posting of the IWSG are: Joylene Nowell Butler, Jacqui Murray, Sandra Cox, and Lee Lowery!
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!
February 02nd Question: Is there someone who supported or influenced you that perhaps isn’t around any more? Anyone you miss?
Here is a list of bloggers/writers who I met online, either through the IWSG or through the A to Z Blogging platform. These are people who date back from 2012. Yikes that’s a decade! I’m still in contact with some of these fine folk while others have disappeared.
Joy Campbell – an ex-IWSG admin and still a good friend who was one of the first to suggest I publish my flash fiction pieces (which I still haven’t done)
Tara Tyler Robinson – one of my earliest blogging buddies who, at the beginning, was the only one visiting my blog!
Robyn Campbell – an amazing and bubbly-spirited individual who passed on in 2018 – it was too sudden… a loss of a beautiful soul …we had a future date to meet in Italy, sit on the sidewalk with our scarves blowing in the breeze, sipping on cappuccino… sadly that will not materialize.
Julie Kemp Pick – another supportive blogger with an amazing sense of humour! From time to time, we still visit each other.
PK Hrezo – my sister from another mister! We’ve re-connected.
Lexa Cain – remember she also hosted the Celebrate The Small Things bloghop – not sure what happened to her – I know her hubby fell ill and she had serious domestic challenges and legal battles… then she just went silent.
Elise Fallson – a supportive and good friend who doesn’t blog anymore but I’m still in touch with her via other social media platforms.
Shelly Arkon – with her delightful fur babies Sir Poops-A-Lot and Hairball! She had medical challenges.
Medeia Sharif – a middle grade author who doesn’t blog anymore. I’ve seen her around on other social media platforms.
The Golden Eagle – whatever happened to her? I’m not sure.
Mina Burrows – she blogs sporadically… I pop by her place now and again.
A special shout out to Jeremy Hawkins who we lost on January 03rd – the artist behind the IWSG T-shirt and other IWSG swag.
Do you remember these people? Have I left out anybody?
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From 2013, I’ve done the Goodreads challenge.
It’s a great accountability tool which helps to sustain a healthy reading habit. I pledged 12 books in the 2022 Goodreads challenge. Not as many as previous years, but the important thing is reading on a regular basis. Are you on Goodreads?
Today I have Shannon Lawrence in the hot seat to answer some questions on her book, which was released yesterday! Congratulations, Shannon!
What draws you to short stories?
We all start with shorter works in school and I loved writing them from the beginning. It wasn’t long before I learned a short story could pack a punch bigger than its word count. Reading stories like “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson or “The Tell-Tale Heart,” by Edgar Allan Poe transported and horrified me. And what about “The Monkey’s Paw,” by W.W. Jacobs, which has been shared in classrooms and online.
What made you write this book?
I wanted to share what I’ve learned, sometimes the hard way, throughout the years and to help others find success with short stories. Also, I wanted to make sure that people who might steer away from short stories thinking they aren’t viable or that they’re too much work aren’t being turned from something they enjoy doing or would enjoy if they tried them.
What are the takeaways you’d like someone to have after reading The Business of Short Stories?
I have a few and will probably think of more after I send you my answer: I want them to know that they can do this. I want them to write what they love, whatever that might be. And I want them to see that there are multiple of ways of doing things and different paths that can be taken.
Shannon’s book, The Business of Short Stories: Writing, Submitting, Publishing, and Marketing releases February 1 (yesterday) in digital and paperback!
I have to ask: who’s been captured by Wordle? I’m hooked! Every day, I need my fix. It’s highly addictive.
Happy IWSG Day everybody!
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