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 August 03rd posting of the IWSG are: Tara Tyler, Lisa Buie Collard, Loni Townsend, 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!
August 03rd Question: When you set out to write a story, do you try to be more original or do you try to give readers what they want?
With regards to my short stories (which always seem to take on a life of their own), I go the original route. It’s normally a wild and fun ride!!
When it comes to a novel/novella, I’d imagine that, to a large degree, you should give readers what they want. After all, there are certain genre conventions that have to be satisfied when dealing with long books.
Do you have a newsletter?
I’ve been trying to work on author newsletter ideas.
My takeaway so far:
~a great subject line will almost always outperform a great newsletter with a poor subject line;
~lead with a relevant image and bold statement;
~an uncommon but relevant reader stat;
~exclusivity e.g a free story;
~networking opportunity with another author in the same genre as an example of paying it forward.
Can you vouch for any of the above? Did I miss anything?
Here is a collage of the books I’ve been reading.
1. How To make a Living With Your Writing by Joanna Penn
2. Successful Self-Publishing by Joanna Penn
3. Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran
4. 2,000 to 10,000 by Rachel Aaron
Have you read any of these books?
Happy IWSG Day! If I still owe you a visit from last month, please bear with me – I will get around to your place.
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