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.
Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.
And we’re revving up IWSG Day to make it more fun and interactive! Every month, we'll announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day 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.
November 2 Question: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?
The founder of IWSG is Ninja Author Alex Cavanaugh.
Now for the question: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?
Golly, it hard to think of just one aspect. I enjoy most everything about being a writer. (Well, the promo not so much.) If I have to choose one, though, I guess it's creating characters and putting them in different situations to see how they deal with life. I like to see what ideas and solutions to a problem they come up with. Sometimes a character and I disagree. You know how that goes, I imagine. I, the author, try to write a scene a certain way, but the character keeps interfering and telling me that's not the way it is. Bossy little creatures sometimes. You know what? They usually win too.
How about your favorite aspect of being a writer?
I also have exciting news to report that I can't wait until another time to tell you.
Yes, my mg/tween contemporary novel I LIVE IN A DOGHOUSE is now in paperback. You know what? It would be the perfect gift for young readers. Add it to your Christmas wish list.
And thanks to Lea Schizas for the neat poster.
I live in a doghouse. Not twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three
hundred sixty-five days a year, but when my mom says, “Nick, take Lily for a walk
so I can bake this wedding cake, birthday cake, graduation cake, or whatever,” I
pretend I don’t hear her and run to hide in the doghouse.
It’s not that I don’t like Lily. She’s okay for an eighteen-month-old, I guess,
and she is my half-sister. Yeah, that sounds weird, doesn’t it? Like she’s only half
a kid. She’s really whole. See, Mom and I were getting along okay after Dad left,
when I was five. Then Jake Walker came into the picture, with Grace, who’s ten,
one year younger than me. (She’s another story.) So Jake is my stepfather, and
Grace is my stepsister. Then Lily was born. My mom is Lily’s mom, but Lily’s dad
is not my dad, which makes Lily my half-sister. And my life’s not my own anymore.
Silver Winner in the 2015 Children's Literary Classics Awards
Now available in eBook and Print at:
And other stores where books are sold.
What people are saying:
"The story touches on so many issues a blended family faces in today's world that it kept me reading from start to finish. I know middle grade readers are going to love this one. I know their parents will, too." C. Lee McKenzie
"Without giving away the plot (and wow – what a plot!), let me just say that Nick learns that sometimes, the thing you want most in life is right beside you." Darby Karchut
"I Live In A Doghouse is an adorable middle grade read well-suited for both boys and girls. The voice and the story line are both genuine." pksm
"Most importantly--it has something every middle grade book needs: a sweet dog!"
Amen to that. (Also, a sweet cat.)