The Insecure Writer’s Support Group ~ No#122

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:  Kim Elliott, Melissa Maygrove, Chemist Ken, Lee Lowery, and Nancy Gideon!

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 04th Question: It’s the best of times; it’s the worst of times. What are your writer highs (the good times)? And what are your writer lows (the crappy times)?
Flash fiction always gives me an adrenalin rush so that would have to be my highs!!
And the lows? Just write more flash fiction until the crappy times pass… 

I actually unearthed a flash fiction piece written many years ago which I’ll share with you. Enjoy!

BOTTLED-UP HUMOUR

Each bottle craved the coveted central position in the bar.

“I should be given first preference!” Mr. Scotch Whiskey silenced everyone.

“It doesn’t really matter,” purred Madame Chardonnay, “as long as I’m kept away from direct sunlight.” Inwardly, she shuddered at the thought of being in close proximity to the loud, foul-mouthed Don Juan Tequila.

“What’s the fuss? I deserve it!” drawled Don Juan, winking at the hardened Sir Guinness Stout. The tall, elegant Chardonnay peered down her nose at his short, stumpy frame.

Without warning, the pompous Monsieur Cognac, resplendent in a baccarat crystal bottle, emerged from a red velvet box.

Game over!

HAPPY IWSG DAY! My week days are hectic, so I’ll be visiting blogs over the next few days and also over the weekend.

16 Comments

  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh on May 4, 2022 at 5:24 pm

    Funny!
    Just keep after that flash fiction.

  2. Yvonne V on May 4, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    Fun flash!

  3. Anna on May 4, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Lovely. Well done. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  4. Carol Kilgore on May 4, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Great flash story! I love it 🙂

  5. M.J. Fifield on May 4, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    Hard to compete with that crystal bottle and red velvet box. 🙂

    I love that you get such a rush out of writing flash fiction. I’ve never had much luck with it, but I really admire those who can pull it off.

  6. CD Gallant-King on May 4, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Cognac should stay in his friggin’ box.

  7. Kim Elliott on May 4, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Yes! Flash fiction can be so much fun, both to read and to write.

  8. Natalie Aguirre on May 4, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing your awesome flash fiction. It’s great your flash fiction helps you through the low points.

  9. Louise (Fundy Blue) on May 4, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Funny story, Michelle! My days are hectic, too, so IWSG Day usually spills over into the days following it for me as well. I never dreamed that I’d be so busy in retirement ~ lol. Have an awesome May!

  10. L. Diane Wolfe on May 4, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    Just keep writing, writing!

  11. Miffie Seideman on May 5, 2022 at 12:27 am

    This reminds me of a story I grew up with- Miss Mandy’s Candy Shop. The candies would have arguments at night over who was the superiot treat, complete with jealously over the coveted position in the case for kids to see. I loved you flash fiction! It was fun.

  12. Olga Godim on May 5, 2022 at 5:47 am

    I enjoy writing flash fiction as well. But I always have trouble with the word count, always go a bit beyond the requested number. Fortunately for me, my preferred flash fiction venue, WEP, is very tolerant of such things. And ever positive comment I get is a small high, a boost in confidence.

  13. Hilary Melton-Butcher on May 6, 2022 at 8:32 am

    Hi Michelle – love your story re the ‘booze’ bottles … really clever. Life goes on doesn’t it – I’ve got lots going on and am behind in putting up another post – I’ll get there … and good luck to you with all you do – cheers Hilary

  14. Damyanti Biswas on May 6, 2022 at 9:17 am

    Flash fiction all the way! 🙂

  15. Annalisa Crawford on May 8, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Great flash!

  16. C. Lee McKenzie on June 1, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    Since I was off playing last month, I was glad to get this chance to stop in for your May post. Great fun!

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