Wednesday, December 4, 2019

December IWSG

A new month begins and you know what that means. Yes, Insecure Writer's Support Group.



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.

let’s rock the neurotic writing world!


Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG.


DUE TO NEW YEAR'S DAY FALLING ON A WEDNESDAY, WE WILL BE POSTING JANUARY 8 RATHER THAN JANUARY 1!


Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG

His awesome co-hosts for the December 4 posting of the IWSG are Tonja Drecker, Beverly Stowe McClure, Nicki Elson, Tyrean Martinson!

Every month, we 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. Remember, the question is optional!!!

December 4 question - Let's play a game. Imagine. Role-play. How would you describe your future writer self, your life and what it looks and feels like if you were living the dream? Or if you are already there, what does it look and feel like? Tell the rest of us. What would you change or improve?

Mm, interesting question. The first thing that comes to my mind is perhaps I'm doing a little of both. I'm living the dream of writing my stories and having a great time doing it. But, I am not really there yet, if I consider how well my books sell and if anyone has ever heard of me. Being there, in my interpretation means having books that sell thousands of copies and people recognize your name. How many authors can say that? I can't. But, you know what? I'm not going to give up. So, with each story I tell, I try to improve it by making the characters more interesting, or making the plot more exciting, or writing to reach the age group my stories are aimed at. I know I have room for improvement, and I'm trying. If God gives me enough time on this Earth, I might just make it. There's always hope. And lots of writing. And thinking. And dreaming. 

How about you?

Happy Writing!














89 comments:

  1. We share similar hopes and desires; improving the plot and characters. It looks to me you are will on your way to achieving your goals.
    Thank you for co-hosting the Dec IWSG Blog hope.
    Lynn La Vita @ Writers Supporting Writers

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    1. I'm trying to reach my goal, Lynn. Getting closer. Co-hosting is fun. Thanks for topping by.

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  2. Aw, thanks for the inspiration, Beverly. And guess what? Lots of people know your name and have read your books. I get that it's not on a ginormous scale, but it's still amazing. Thank you for always being there. Have a wonderful holiday season and fantastic new year!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Sheri. You're great at that. I hope my books are being read. :) A wonderful holiday to you and a new year where all your dreams come true.

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  3. You're in the process and that's all we can do.
    Thanks for co-hosting today!

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    1. You're right, Alex. One step at a time. My pleasure to co-host. It's fun.

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  4. Thanks for co-hosting! I really like your answer and the fact that you acknowledge that you're already "there" to some extent.

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    1. Thank you, Ellen. So happy you stopped by. I guess there's always a goal to reach. Makes life more exciting. Appreciate your stopping by.

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  5. Thanks for co-hosting this month, Beverly. Name recognition isn't as easy as it used to be, not since the flood gates of self-pubbing opened. It's a brick at a time build but if the foundation is strong there's no limit to how high you can go! Good luck!

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    1. Oh, I like the way you say that, Nancy. "a brick at a time build." So true. The reason we never give up. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. There is always Hope, always!!!
    Thanks for co-hosting!!!

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    1. Absolutely, Cathrina. Always hope. With a bit of hard work. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. It is nice to imagine writing and publishing something that finds a large audience--but much harder to achieve than I ever imagined!

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    1. It is hard to achieve our goals, Tamara, but we're tough and hang in there. Someday ... Well, we'll see. Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. I'm with you. I'd like to have my name recognized and my stories sold by the thousands. Alas, it's not so. How do writes like Tolkien, Martin, King and Rowling do it? Was it a combination of hard work, determination, talent, luck and the right people in their corner?

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    1. Sigh, I hear you,Lidy. I imagine it is a bit of all of them, along with meeting the right people at the right time.

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  9. It sounds to me like you're doing great! And you're doing the things you can do, that you can control, to get to "there" which is kind of more up in the air.

    Thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. I think we all do the best we can, Madeline and hope and pray we're on the right track. A bit of luck and knowing the right people might help too.

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  10. Hi Beverly! You're doing exactly the right thing and I applaud you for it. Here's to more books and more improvement in 2020. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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    1. You're so kind, clee. Thank you. I hope more books are the future. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you. It's been fun co-hosting. Have a good rest of the week.

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  11. We can only keep writing and improving. And who knows what will happen with your next book?

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    1. You're right, Diane, as always. Think positive. Expect good things. And work hard. But enjoy. Thanks for all you do for your authors.

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  12. From what I've heard, most authors start to make $$ and build name recognition when they have at least ten or so books out. I'm not even close yet, but I'm enjoying the journey. Good post!

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    1. That's the key, Sadira. Enjoy the journey. The books will add up. And maybe, even a dollar or two. Just joking. Hang in there. One day you'll look at all your books and smile. Thanks for stopping by. Best wishes to you.

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  13. Too right, we must always continue to become our better selves/writers. I too, hope one day to make it... Thanks for co-hosting today!

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    1. And you will make it, Lisa. Just hang in there, keep writing, and love what you do. Sometimes good things take awhile, but in the end, they're worth it. Best wishes to you on your journey. Thanks. Co-hosting is fun, if busy.

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  14. I know what you mean, Beverly. I check my stats at least weekly and nothing says I'm yet 'there' but it doesn't make me quit. I'm hooked!

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    1. Absolutely, Jacqui. Nothing will stop us. Good times ahead. Thanks for your great attitude and for stopping by.

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  15. You're "there" as a great storyteller for sure. I like your attitude about striving for more. Never give up!Thanks for co hostin.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, J. Q. I know it won't happen if I don't keep working. And, the co-hosting has been fun, if busy.

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  16. I'm not there with my dreams either, but you are doing great. Thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. Some day you will be there, Natalie. It takes time, at least for most of us. Keep on dreaming. They do come true. C0-hosting has been fun.

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  17. Maybe you're not absolutely there, but your on the right road and enjoying the journey, which means you're close!

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    1. Thank you, Patsy. Yes, I think I'm on the right road. My books are being published. Now if they'll find readers. And, yes, I am enjoying the journey. Wouldn't change it. Thanks for stopping by with your kind words.

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  18. Hi,
    There is always room for improvement. Nobody ever arrives and is perfect.
    I think it is great that you are still writing and still striving. Keep it up. Thank you also for co-hosting.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. You are absolutely right, Pat. With each book we write, we learn something, at least I do. Hopefully, the next book will be even better.Co-hosting has been fun. Thanks for stopping by.

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  19. As long as you're enjoying your journey you'll still have more to write once you reach your destination ;-)
    Thanks for co-hosting.

    Happy Holidays!

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    1. Absolutely, diedre. Great point.The road has no end. Co-hosting has been fun. Thanks for stopping by.

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  20. The only way to get to the dream is not to give up!

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    1. You are so right, Patricia. Follow your dream wherever it leads you. Thanks for stopping by.

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  21. You'll get there, Beverly. I know you will. You have the determination that it takes. You're already published, which means you have the talent and ability. Keep on going!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Elizabeth. Being published is the beginning. More ahead, I hope. Thank you for stopping by. So nice to hear from you.

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  22. Having a dream, and the goals in place to start reaching it, is a wonderful thing. Good luck! And thanks for co-hosting this month.

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    1. You are right, S. E. Everyone should have a dream whether it's writing or something else. The dream is what keeps us going and doing our best. I appreciate the "good luck." Can always use it. Co-hosting has been fun.

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  23. Never give up! One step in front of another! Those are my mottos. Wishing you success in reaching your writing goals, Beverly, and thanks for co-hosting today!

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    1. Very good mottos, Fundy Blue. And so true. I appreciate your kind wishes. Never give up. Co-hosting has been fun.

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  24. Are we ever really where we ultimately want to be in this world and this life? If we do get "there" where do we go next? Somewhere else I think and to that end we are never really "there". Well, unless we're dead or something and I'm not ready to go there yet.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Mm, Arlee Bird. You leave something to think about. Like you, I'm not ready to go 'there' yet so maybe I'll just be content with where I am now. Thanks for making me think about it. Have a super rest of the week.

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  25. Have to keep on a going indeed. That's the way you can make it happen.

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    1. That's for sure, Pat. Great advice. Thanks for stopping by. Have a good rest of the week.

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  26. Name recognition level in the general populace is quite a level of fame! I agree that only a few see it. Me, I'd settle for making a respectable living :-) @samanthabwriter from
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    1. That would make me happy, too, Samantha. Best wishes that you will soon reach your goal. Have a great rest of the week.

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  27. It sounds like you're living your dreams all along, with a new one blossoming as the old ones are realized. It's a great way to make the journey. We're not really "there" until we're called home from this life. Thanks for sharing and co-hosting today.

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    1. You make a very good point, Lee. In our later life, we won't worry about becoming a great author. And, yes, I'm content. Having my books published is a dream come true. Being content is a wonderful thing. Best wishes to you in whatever you do. Thank for stopping by and the nice reminder.

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  28. I feel the same way--happy that I'm writing (and actually getting paid to do so) but I'm not *there* yet. Still, we keep on keeping on, don't we? Happy Holidays!

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    1. Yes, Diane. There's no turning back. It's too exciting to quit. And one day, we might get "there." If not, at least I can say I did my best. Happy holidays to you.

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  29. As long as you're happy with the journey of writing and learning. Although, it'd be great to have a household name!

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    1. Good point, Jennifer. Being happy with what we do is important. Give it our best and see what happens. And, as I think about it, is the name so important, as long as we enjoy life? Thanks for stopping by.


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  30. Writing is the dream! Just keep plugging.

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    1. And, dreams do come true, Liza. Whether they do or not, being happy with our lives is what counts. The rest is the icing on the cake. Have a lovely day.

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  31. Writing is its own reward and it would be lovely to get tons and tons of recognition. Here's wishing that for you.
    Thanks for co hosting and Happy Holidays.

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    1. Good point, Kalpana. I'd write even if nothing was published, simply because I enjoy writing. Thank you for your kind wishes for me. Best wishes for you in whatever you chose to do. Have a lovely day.

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  32. Thousands of us share your dream, Beverly. And if Gabe is any example you are on your way to fulfilling it:)

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  33. We do have a lot of company in our dreams, Sandra. Dreams do come true. Thank you for your kind words about Gabe. He was a tough character to write about. Maybe that's a good sign. Best wishes to you and your writing. You'll get there. Have a lovely day.

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    1. Oops! That's supposed to be in the "reply." Nap time, I think.

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  34. Yes, there's always room for improvement, no matter how long one has been writing. The knowledge leaps are a lot bigger at the beginning, however. Glad you've go the spirit and drive to keep making yourself a better writer.

    Thanks for co-hosting this month!

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    1. You're so right, Chemist Ken. Even as long as I've been in the business, I still learn something new each day, and am better for it. Thanks for your kind words. I guess I'll be typing until my fingers forget how to. Hopefully, I will improve. Have a great rest of the week.

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  35. Wishing you every success and a happy new decade 🌹🤗

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    1. Thank you for your kind wishes for success, lostinimaginaryworlds. Best wishes to you. It's hard to believe a new decade is about to begin. I'm ready. Are you? Have a wonderful holiday.

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  36. May the new year bring you much passion to achieve your dreams -- as you cherish the process!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Beth. Yes, I enjoy writing my stories. We'll see how they turn out in 2020. A Happy New Year to you. May all your dreams come true.

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  37. Thanks so much for co-hosting this month - and I love your take on your success. And thanks for the heads up about Jan 1st, too. I shall make a not now, before I forget!

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    1. Co-hosting has been fun, Jemima. Met a lot of nice people. Writing makes me happy. A book published is a success. Happy Holidays. Enjoy your writing, too. Thanks for stopping by.

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  38. Yep - it seems like we all have that in common: writing, dreaming, trying, improving. As long as we enjoy the process, we are living our dream. :-) Thank you for co-hosting this month!

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    1. I think you're right, Liesbet. And you know, it makes me happy, especially the improving part. Dreams do come true. Co-hosting has been fun. Thanks for stopping by.

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  39. I think that you're doing a great job. Just keep at it, Beverly.
    Thanks for co-hosting the IWSG this month.
    I wish you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. I appreciate your kind words. I try. Co-hosting has been fun. Christmas and New Year Best Wishes to you. Have a good week.

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  40. Yes, keep on writing and hoping. Great answer. Happy Belated IWSG! And Happy Holidays.

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    1. Thanks, Juneta. I hope to keep writing for a long time. It's fun and exercises my brain. Happy Holidays to you.

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  41. I couldn't agree more. We just have to keep on keeping on. You are an inspiration!

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    1. Absolutely, Unknown. We can't give up. And then one day...who knows. Glad I'm an inspiration. Just keep writing and you'll get there. Have a good week.

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  42. Beverly, the above comment was me, Karin Larson. I'm not sure why it is saying unknown:(

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    1. Oh, hi, Unknown, Karin. I've given up trying to figure out how the Internet works. It confuses me all the time. Have a good week.

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  43. Writing and hoping are both important. :) I can relate to both!
    ~Jess

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    1. You are so right, Jess. Keep writing. And you are doing a great job. Hope we see another book from you soon. Happy holidays.

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  44. Writing is my escape. I love it for the fun of it--anything past that (such as publishing) is a bonus. Merry Christmas!

    ♥.•*¨Elizabeth¨*•.♥

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    1. Writing can be that, Elizabeth. Escape to other worlds, other times. Ah, yes. And that bonus is nice too. Merry Christmas to you.

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  45. Thanks for co-hosting this month.
    I guess having my name recognized would be nice. Hadn't thought about that.
    Happy Holidays.

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    1. Co-hosting has been fun, Toi. Yeah, what's in a name, after all? If we're happy, that's what counts. Happy Holidays to you.

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