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!
December 06th Question: Book reviews are for the readers. When you leave a book review do you review for the Reader or the Author? Is it about what you liked and enjoyed about your reading experience, or do you critique the author?
I always try to leave a review once I’ve finished a book. I can’t say that I plan a review with the author or the reader in mind – but I do not critique the author.
Reading taste is a funny thing. It varies from person to person, and also changes over the course of a person’s reading life. Reading is subjective and readers approach a book with a specific world view, as well as personal preferences and emotions. Remember that not all books will be to your taste and that’s okay. When leaving a review, try to be as honest as possible while keeping in mind that the author has labored over his/her ‘book baby.’ So don’t get personal. Somebody will love a book that you do not like.
It’s a fine balance to write an honest and fair review.
Happy IWSG Day!