The Insecure Writer’s Support Group ~ No#129

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 January 04th posting of the IWSG are:  Jemima Pett, Debs Carey, Kim Lajevardi, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, and T. Powell Coltrin!

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!

January 04th Question: Do you have a word of the year? Is there one word that sums up what you need to work on or change in the coming year? What is your word for 2023? Why?

Happy New Year to all!
I don’t have a word of the year nor do I have New Year resolutions. I’m not a new-year-resolution-type of person. However, my immediate goals remain as works-in-progress:
~continue with and complete the website revamp
~sort out the newsletter
~complete the self-publishing workshop modules (I’m halfway through… not too bad?)
~re-assess a selection of short pieces and prepare for revision
So it’s full steam ahead!

#IWSGPit is coming!
The next #IWSGPit will be on January 25, 2023
9:00 am – 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Details below!

Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On January 25, 2023, Tweet your pitch. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query.

Many writers have seen their books published from a Twitter pitch – it’s a quick and easy way to put your manuscript in front of publishers and agents.
Get the full details HERE.

The IWSG Book Club Activities and Member Spotlight:

How has your new year been thus far?


  1. Bish Denham on January 4, 2023 at 11:58 am

    I don’t do resolutions either. Somehow goals are different. I’ve set a few small ones for myself this year which will leave plenty of room for expansion as wanted or needed.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Alex J. Cavanaugh on January 4, 2023 at 12:42 pm

    Sounds like the word onward fits you this year!

  3. J.L. Campbell on January 4, 2023 at 12:53 pm

    Hey, Michelle,
    As long as you’re moving forward, it’s all good!

  4. joylene on January 4, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    I’m going to participate in the Twitter/pitch. I’m excited about it. You sound very busy, Michelle. Hope you take time to put your feet up. Happy 4th New Day.

  5. Natalie Aguirre on January 4, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    It sounds like you’ve decided your goals to accomplish for 2023. Good luck with them!

  6. Great set of goals.
    “Without having a goal, it’s difficult to score.” Paul Arden
    I hope 2023 will become everything you need it to be.

    J Lenni Dorner (he/him 👨🏽 or 🧑🏽 they/them) ~ Reference& Speculative Fiction Author, OperationAwesome6 Debut Author Interviewer, and Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge

  7. Jemi Fraser on January 4, 2023 at 2:20 pm

    Full speed ahead sounds like an excellent plan!!
    Best wishes for you and yours for 2023!!

  8. L. Diane Wolfe on January 4, 2023 at 2:36 pm

    Full steam ahead and make it happen for you.

  9. Nick Wilford on January 4, 2023 at 2:56 pm

    Sounds like you have great plans for the year. And they’re achievable. Good luck with it all!

  10. Damyanti Biswas on January 4, 2023 at 3:26 pm

    I need to steal this word!! Happy New Year, Michelle, and all the best with your projects!

  11. Jemima Pett on January 4, 2023 at 4:35 pm

    Goals are good – that counts IMHO. I hope you achieve them all.

    A bit of feedback on your website revamp – I found these boxes very hard to find with the background lined paper, although the Comment box at least gives a clue with more white space.

  12. Patricia on January 4, 2023 at 4:56 pm

    I’m not picking a word this year because in past years I’ve forgotten to write them down and thus have completely forgotten what the word was.

  13. Tyrean on January 4, 2023 at 4:57 pm

    I have a grouping of words, too.
    Happy New Year and writing!

  14. Anna on January 4, 2023 at 5:24 pm

    Sounds like a great plan. And doable. hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  15. Victoria Marie Lees on January 4, 2023 at 6:50 pm

    Sounds like you have wonderful goals for 2023, Michelle. More power to you in all your endeavors. What are the “self-publishing workshop modules” you are talking about? I’m truly interested!

    All the luck in 2023!

  16. C. Lee McKenzie on January 4, 2023 at 8:51 pm

    You don’t need a word to get where you’re going. I know you’ll reach any goal you set. Happy New Year.

  17. H. R. Sinclair on January 4, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    Great goals! I just set mine too! We can do it! Happy New Year!

  18. Olga Godim on January 5, 2023 at 12:13 am

    Good luck with your goals for the year.

  19. MIffie Seideman on January 5, 2023 at 1:16 am

    Onward, indeed! Most folks quite their resolutions by the beginning of February, so you’re not missing anything, really. Making educated and thought out goals that work with life, and picking a reasonable start date to embark on the goal is such a better approach. Happy New Year!!

  20. Denise Covey on January 5, 2023 at 1:36 am

    Hey Michelle! Happy New Year. My word is Persevere and that would suit you too!

  21. Loni Townsend on January 5, 2023 at 9:07 pm

    Sounds like you’ve got an excellent set of goals and you’re making progress on them. Good job! I hope you find success in them this year.

  22. Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy on January 6, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Best wishes for your goals this year. I love your perseverance and positivity.

  23. Melissa Maygrove on January 6, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    I’m not that much into new year’s resolutions either. I see it more as a redefining of my goals…getting organized for the year to come, after everything (writing related) got shoved aside during the holidays. January and February are usually some of the most productive months for me when it comes to my author business. I enjoy the holidays and spending time with family, but I can’t help but feel as though I’ve been released from prison once all the decorations are put away and my off time is once again my own. LOL Thanks for visiting my blog.

  24. Gwen Gardner on January 6, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    Goals are always good to have. I have a few but they’re not quite solidified yet LOL.

    Happy New Year, Michelle!

  25. Annalisa Crawford on January 6, 2023 at 6:32 pm

    Your goals sound perfect. I like to look at my short stories from time to time, to update them, refresh them, resubmit them. Good luck!

  26. H A Melton-Butcher on January 15, 2023 at 10:37 am

    Hi Michelle – Happy New Year to you and yours … I saw you were away with family for a while … so you’re ready for your Onward and Up 2023 journey – all the best for all those projects. Mine is soothing … because we all need to ease our way forward as the future progresses … cheers to you – Hilary

  27. Toi Thomas on January 16, 2023 at 12:32 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Sorry for the late reply.
    Resolutions are great for some but stressful for others.
    If I add 100 new words of narrative to my life, I’ll be happy.
    Happy New Year!

  28. Elizabeth Mueller on January 31, 2023 at 9:27 pm

    I’m not a new year resolution person either but am always working on goals! Haha…

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