Wednesday, June 3, 2020

JUNE IWSG






Insecure Writer's Support Group

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!

The awesome co-hosts for the June 3 posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, J.Q. Rose, and Natalie Aguirre!


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!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.
 

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!!! 

June 3rd question. Writers have secrets. What are one or two of yours, Something that readers would never know from your work?



My secrets, huh? If I tell they won't be secrets.I know. That's a corny old joke. So here it is. You asked for it, my secret: I guess, mostly I'm insecure. What is this old lady doing writing for children and teens? What does she know? I suppose that's the reason it takes me so long to finish a story. I write and write and write. Then I go back and change what I wrote, again and again.

Oh, and I was a child and a teen once upon a time. Really. I remember a little about those years, although they are different for everyone. And then, I taught children in school for twenty years. And you know what? Every kid and teen is different. Isn't that marvelous. 

I hope that my stories do not show my insecurities. I hope they touch on the real lives of young people. And some of them must be okay because they've won a few medals. Now if I can just figure out what to do with my currant work. How many times have I been through it? Don't know. Lost count. But, I never give up. I guess that's my secret. Don't give up, no matter what you're doing. It will get better.

Best wishes to you and whatever you are writing or dreaming about writing. Just do it. 

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Tiger says, "Have fun."


Patches says, "Take a nap."

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27 comments:

  1. I have NEVER considered you being insecure Beverly, you have given me help and hope when things have not been going well to which I thank you.

    Yvonne.

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    1. You are so sweet, Yvonne. I try to keep my insecurities private because I have so many things to be thankful for. Have a super day.

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  2. The times might change, but I think the basics of what kids feel and go through remain the same.

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    1. I think you are right, Diane. A kid is a kid, just living in different times. We can learn from that. Right.

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  3. I think most of us are insecure as writers, so you are not alone. I often wonder if my writing is deep enough to ever be publishable.

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    1. Yes, Natalie, I agree that we each have our own things to deal with that make us insecure at times. So when we wonder about out writing, what do we do? We keep writing and saying "I can do this, I can do this." Have a great day.

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  4. If you've won awards, that means you're doing it right!

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    1. I'm trying, Alex, and doing pretty good. Those little awards are encouraging. Loving to write helps. Have a super day.

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  5. I believe we all suffer insecurities of some nature, Beverly. You are definitely not alone in that. For what it is worth, your writing is wonderful!

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    1. I agreee, Karin. We're human, and I think we expect the best from ourselves, which we should. It makes us work harder to achieve our goals. Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate your sweet comments. I try.

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  6. Hehee--I like the second secret best, that you were a teen once. Who knew!

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    1. Ah, I'm glad you like me being a teen, Jacqui. It was many years ago, but I remember some of the things we teens did. Good and bad. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Now that you have shed some light on your insecurities, are you feeling a bit better? Talking about my secret helped me.

    Certainly, your sensitive side connects with your readers.

    Isn't it interesting what challenges us the most, has huge rewards if we just keep plugging away. Stay healthy
    Lynn La Vita blog: Writers Supporting Writers

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    1. Yes, Lynn, I feel better. That's the key. Never give up. I hope my stories connect with the readers. The books are written for them. Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Your perspective on young people and their lives is much needed in today's world. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thaks, lee. I hope I can connect with young people so they see they're not alone. Whatever their problems, other teens have them too. And if my stories help them face thei challenges and overcome them, then I've done my job. Your books do much of the same thing. Thank you for stopping by.

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  9. You're definitely qualified to write for children and teens. We've all been there, even if, as L. Diane said, times change.

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    1. That's one thing we all have in common, Chrys. Good [point. Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. What do you know? You know something that a lot of people don't or can't understand."Every kid and teen is different." What a nugget of truth! And we might be a better world if we embraced those differences, rather than try to bury them.

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    1. Very good point, Lee. We can't make every kid like all the others. They will be themselves, like it or not. You see the truth. Thank you.

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  11. Yeah, everyone has gone through it, so qualified indeed.

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    1. Absolutely, Pat. One thing we all have in common. So be yourself. You're great. Everyone should think this. Thank you for stopping by.

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  12. Every child. Every person is unique. And isn't that what makes the world such an interesting place? How boring to have everyone alike. I think no matter what your age, we will always feel insecure about something. With life experience, however, we can deal with it better....maybe.!
    JQ Rose

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    1. You are so right, J. Q. As we get older I think we learn to deal with our life situations. Thank you for stopping by. Have a good weekend.

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  13. I think most of us are a bit insecure. I know that is part of what has me editing and editing and editing and editing my writing. Sometimes prevents me from making any progress. But I do love that advice- not to give up. :)

    Have a great weekend!
    ~Jess

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