A database resource site and support group for writers and authors. Featuring weekly guests and tips, a monthly blogfest gathering, a Facebook group, a book club, and thousands of links – all to benefit writers! #IWSG
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 - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post. And please be sure your avatar links back to your blog! If it links to Google+, be sure to change it as Google+ is going away in January. Otherwise, when you leave a comment, people can't find you to comment back.
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG. The next posting day is May 6th. Sign up here.
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!!!
May 6 question - Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?
My thoughts: I have no special rituals that I use to get into the ZONE. Sometimes I simply put the story I'm working on aside and work on something else. Other times, I take a day or two break, play with my critters, clean house, or play the piano to clear my mind of writing. The funny thing is, sometimes ideas pop into my head when I'm least expecting them. I grab a pen and jot them down because I'd never remember them. That's it.
The IWSG's Admin's Two Cents Tips That Can Aid The Writing Pantser
By Juneta Key
I am a pantser when it comes to writing, but I have learned some new tricks that have helped me. Knowing these well enough you don't have to look them up aids your muse, and the muse will use them.
Learn the first tip until it comes naturally and automatically to mind when you write. Five to seven points is not outlining or a lot to memorize, and you still have a whole novel to write by the seat of your pants.
1. Learning to use the 5 or 7 plot points and understanding how they work can vastly improve your storytelling skills. Structure is second to character development for me. As a reader I am drawn to strong character based stories. 5 Plot Points7 Plot Points
2. You don't have to know everything to start writing but knowing a few things will keep the words flowing. Why? Because you have a road or at least a wild path to follow. You might not know what you will find and see but you have an idea where your destination ends.
3. Cast your characters. Visuals can make a huge difference and inspire story when you get stuck just by thinking of the character cast. Sometimes naming them can work the same way.
This month's tip is a quote by the talented, award-winning author, Hillary Mantel. Ms. Mantel's writing advice could have been meant for the IWSG as we are a group focused on sharing, thus expunging the fears brought on by writer insecurity. When asked to give writers some advice, she said:
"The most helpful quality a writer can cultivate is self-confidence - arrogance, if you can manage it. You write to impose yourself on the world, and you have to believe in your own ability when the world shows you no sign of agreeing with you." Hillary Mantel
If you have news you want to share with the group, let us know! Email firstname.lastname@example.org and add IWSG News to the subject line.
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