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.
Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG
Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG.
His awesome co-hosts for the June 7 posting of the IWSG will be JH Moncrieff, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Jen Chandler, Megan Morgan, and Heather Gardner!
Visit the Insecure Writer's Support Group here.
Now for the question of the month. Did you ever say "I quit"? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?
The question is optional.
The best I can remember, I never actually have said "I quit." There have been times when it seemed like I should. When all I received were "no thank you" or "not for us" letters. I actually have a wall in my writing room covered with these letters, as a reminder to never give up. Yes, I have days, weeks, and even months when everything goes wrong. My characters keep their secrets from me. I have no idea where the plot is going or if I even have a plot. And each word I type laughs at me. "Ha, ha! You think you can write? Puleese."
These go back to the 1990s, before email, and fortunately, I don't receive so many any more. I like to read them every now and then.
Maybe I'm stubborn. Maybe I'm a dreamer. Maybe I just sit at my computer so I won't have to mop the floors, vacuum the carpets, or clean out the closets. And sometimes, sometimes, a character will start talking to me, one of those whispers in my ear, and he tells me his problem. I still have to help him solve the problem, or not. And I may not know how in the beginning. Together, however, we can write his story.
No, I don't say "I quit" because he needs me. And I need him.
That's my story.
Happy Reading and Writing!
(Now to watch the Rangers. I hope they don't say "I quit." They sure need some encouragement.)