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.
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!
September 06th Question: The IWSG celebrates 12 years today! When did you discover the IWSG, how do you connect, and how has it helped you?
So 12 years ago, blogging was really in full swing and I was fortunate enough to stumble on the blogging community as well as the annual A to Z Challenge.
I can remember when Alex asked me to join the team as an administrator for the newly-created IWSG group.
I’m not sure what made Alex ask me and I was really confused – what on earth did I have to contribute in terms of writing-related information or advice?
I am firstly a reader, and at that time, I was only dabbling in short fiction, the drabble being my favourite. I had no idea if I was even capable of writing anything longer than 100 words. Actually, at that time, the thought scared me. So how on earth was I going to write a story, even a short story at that? Plus I am the original snail writer. LOL
Anyway, back to Alex’s invitation – I’m not the type to back down from a challenge, so I accepted.
I may not have published a book… yet… but I have written a short story (far exceeding 100 words LOL), and have penned a few stories which are in different stages of completion. I’ve also contributed to the WEP Challenge (Write…Edit…Publish), and received some wonderful feedback on my writing.
In 2021, 860 member schools belonging to ISASA (Independent Schools Association of South Africa) were invited to submit articles for inclusion in their flagship, in-house educational magazine. My piece was one of the chosen few. That was a major coup!
If I hadn’t stuck with the IWSG, and the amazing support offered by members, I don’t know if I would have made much progress.
Thank you Alex and fellow admins, as well as the members (many who have become good friends), for the 12 wonderful years of friendship and writing adventures!