Tuesday, October 6, 2020

THE INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP OCTOBER


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. co-hosts for the October 7 posting of the IWSG are Jemima Pett, Beth Camp, Beverly Stowe McClure, and Gwen Gardner! 


 Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG. 


 The question for October is: When you think of the term working writer, what does that look like to you? What do you think it is supposed to look like? Do you see yourself as a working writer or aspiring or hobbyist, and if the latter two, what does that look like? 


 To answer. Oh my. Ii don't know. I guess a working writer to me is someone that makes writing their job.Like having a set time to write each day, like in going to the office or to school. I see myself as a working writer, sort of. I don't have a strict schedule but try to write most every day, even if it's only one page. Being retired gives me the extra time. 


 How about you? Are you a working writer or more like an aspiring or hobbyist writer or a little of all three? Be sure to sign up for the IWSG Newsletter for the latest information for writers. It goes out the last Wednesday of the month, which also serves to remind you of the upcoming blog posting day. For more information, please see the IWSG Privacy Policy. Looking forwad to your answers.


Thanks for stopping by.


 Happy Reading.



Gabe and Charley say, "Hi."





75 comments:

  1. I'm sorry but I don't know how to link in this new blogger. I don't like it but will learn. I used to tell my students, You can do it." Yes.Thank you.



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  2. Thanks for co-hosting! If you'd asked me two years ago my answer would've been working writer. But after my persistent writing block of 2019, I'd say I've become a hobbyist. But also that, step by step with each typed letter, I'm trying to find my way back to the working writer. Committing to writing a page a day. Or write something no matter if it'll be used in a story. Or if it's just free writing for a couple of minutes.

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    1. I'm excited to be here, today, Lidy. Good luck with reaching your goals. You can do it. Cheering for you.

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  3. Thank you for co-hosting. Someday, I think, I would like to call myself a working writer.
    Sonia from https://soniadogra.com

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    1. Being a co host is fun, Sonia. I bet you can call yourself a working writer some day. Never givve up.

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  4. Thanks for co-hosting. I agree with your definition of a working writer. And I don't think you have to write a lot every day to be one.

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    1. I'm honored to be a c0-host, Natalie. Each day in our lives may be different, so we do the best we can.

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  5. Thanks for taking the time to co-host today!

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    1. I enjoy meeting so many ineteresting people, Jennifer.
      Thank you for stopping by.

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  6. You have a lot of books out and write full time - you are indeed a working writer.
    Thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. Thank you for letting me co-host, Alex. I enjoy writing and hope my reders enjoy my books. Being retired gives me the time.

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  7. I agree, I feel like when you treat it like work, you are working! Show up on scheduled days and do what you are supposed to do. Sounds like work to me :)

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    1. Me too, Steph. I wish the best to you. Write those stories. Enjoy. Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Thanks for co-hosting this month, Bev!! A regular schedule does not a working writer make - it's what you do with that time and it sounds like you more than qualify. Sometimes we have to grab for those few available moments during the day and make the most of them.

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    1. Co hosting is fun, Nancy. Thank you for stopping by. You are right about what we do with our time, especially if you have aanother job. My best to you.

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  9. I envy your retirement status. My 'real' job is the biggest obstacle to my writing. Thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. Retirement is great, Melissa. If I were still teaching my writing time would be limited. Hang in there, write every chace you have. Best wishes to you.

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  10. Thanks for co-hosting this month.
    I like your definition of working writer.

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    1. Being co-host is fun, Toi. Thanks for stopping by. I'd never thought of writing as a job but it is. Must get to work. Have a great day.

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  11. It's not the regular schedule - it's that you are continually producing published books.

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    1. And your encouragement inspires me, Diane. Thank you.

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  12. I definitely right for pleasure, not for a paycheck...LOL. Thank you for co-hosting this month.

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    1. I hear you, Cathrina. I, too, write because I can't not write. Thank heavens I have other income. Thank you for stopping by.

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  13. Hi,
    Do you have to have a strict schedule? I don't think so. Sometimes I vary from my schedule. I try my best to be flexible.
    Thank you so much for co-hosting.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. Of course our lives will change from day to day, Pat, and we adjust to it. Co-hosting is fun. I meet so many nice people. Thank you for stopping by.

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  14. I've always thought of you as a working writer, Beverly. Your books look like work to me. Thanks for co-hosting.

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    1. Aw, thank you, Joylene. I appreciate your kind words. Yes, they are work, some more than the others. Thanks for stopping by.

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  15. Yeah, you're definitely a working writer, and you have the nice advantage of having the time to do so. Thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. And I love every minute of it, Loni. Well, most of the time, Yes, retirememt is great. Thanks for stopping by.

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  16. Sounds like you're a working writer to me. Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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    1. Thank you, Diane. I enjoy writing and co-hosting is fun too. Thanks for stopping by.

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  17. I think this is the year for whatever is going to go terribly wrong to do it. (I think that's a sentence.) My computer crashed, then my new one was hacked. I didn't lose my data, however, so I'm in tears for you. You've done a great job hosting today in spite of all these woes.

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    1. Oh, I'm so sorry about your troubles, clee. Here's to better days ahead. And I'm learning to back up my work. Thanks for stopping by.

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  18. Thanks for co-hosting, Beverly! I'm retired too and, while I don't yet make more than I spend on my writing business, I know that it's a slow build to that point and beyond, so I keep writing. Happy writing to you in October!

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    1. Co-hosting is really fun, Sadira. Isn't retirement great? I make very littie money from my writing but I always have books to give to friends Thanks for stopping by.

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  19. I confess 'I don't know' was my first answer to the question too!

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    1. H, ha, good answer, Patsy. Now you know. We learn something every day. Thanks for stoping by.

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  20. It's the discipline of it which makes the difference between 'working' and 'playing'. I think so, too. Thanks so much for co-hosting this month!

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    1. You are so right, S.E. It's hard to keep writing sometimes when every thing goes wrong. But the reward of a book makes it worthwhile. C0-hosting is fun.

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  21. I think you are definitely a working writer! I agree that discipline is a part of the writing life, or at least making steady stabs at writing, as often as possible.
    Thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. Thank you. You are so right, Tyrea Sometimes it's hard to find the time or desire to write. The reward of a book is worth it. Co-hosting is fun.

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  22. Thanks for co-hosting today, Beverly! I felt a big sinking cringe as I read about your computer crash. I hope the story comes back to you when you try to recreate it. Happy writing in October, you working writer you!

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    1. Co-hosting is fun, Fundy Blue. I meet such nice people. I'm trying to learn how to save my files on a Seagate disk. Lesson learned. Thanks for stopping by.

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  23. Writing discipline has always been tough for me. That's why I write best when I'm under a tight deadline. But as a journalist who gets paid for her articles, I think I'm a working writer even without the discipline. Right?

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    1. Sounds to me like you are a working writer. And you get paid which is super. Keep writing, you inspiration. Years ago I wrote articles for different children's mazines and loved it. Thanks for stopping by,

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  24. Thanks for co-hosting today! I definitely consider myself a working writer, even though I can only do it part time so far. I write every day . . .and slowly but surely, I'm building a career of this. @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

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    1. Co-hosting has been fun, Samantha. Yes, you sound like a working writer. Good for you. Thanks for stopping by.

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  25. I agree. If writing is a huge part of your life, monetarily or not, you're a working writer. Thank you for co-hosting- and Happy IWSG Day!

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    1. I think you're right, Adrienne. The money isn't always the goal. And co-hosting has been great.Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. You are welcome, kim. It's been fun meeting so many great people. Thanks for stopping by.

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  27. You seem very much a working writer to me, Beverly!

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    1. Hey, Karin. Great to see you. Thanks. I try. I appreciate you stopping by.

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  28. It was a complicated question, wasn't it? I'm not sure I've encountered the term in everyday conversation before.
    I am excited for the Pass or Pages query contest at Operation Awesome with the YA category this week. Plus, I have half a dozen books to review this month. And WEP coming up! Busy month. I hope you've been staying healthy and thriving as best as you can this year.

    - J

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    1. Yes, it was, J Lenni.Had to really think about it. I've heard about that contest. Sounds like fun. And for reviews, I understand. Have a few to do also. We need longer days. Yes, I try to stay healthy. So much that's going on in the worid is scarey. You take care, too. Thanks for stopping by.

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  29. Thanks for cohosting this month! I didn't answer the questions this month because I'm just not sure anymore what it means to me.

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    1. You're welcome, Lisa. It's been fun. Even though we might not answer a question, we might think about it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  30. I like your definition of a working writer :-)

    Ronel visiting on IWSG day Revamp Your Backlist

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    1. Ah, thanks, Ronel. I appreciate your kind words. Interesting thought there. Lately I've been thinking about my older books. Wondering what to do with them. Revamp? Thanks for stopping by.

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  31. Hi Beverly! Thank you for co-hosting this month! I agree with your concept of a "working writer". I am not one. :-)

    I write in spurts of a few months at a time, when logistics allow, aka when I'm not traveling. Then, once I hit the road again in our camper, I'm useless for at least as many months. That's why it took me five years to create my first book!

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    1. Hi Liesbet. Co-hosting has been exciting. Meeting so many nice people. You know, however your writing is right for you. We all have different lives, and that's as it should be. But you have your book, along with your traveling. Sounds good to me.

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  32. I think the consensus is I'm a working writer - and continuous output of books seems to be more important than sitting down to write at set times.
    Hope you've enjoyed being a co-host as much as I have! Still more to catch up on, though!

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    1. Yes, Jemima, being a co-host is exciting, I've met so many nice people. Still have more to visit, lie you say. Yes, what you say makes sense.

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  33. That's a good definition! Thanks for co-hosting.

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    1. You're welcome, Debra. Co-hosting has been fun. So many nice people. Thanks for stopping by.

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  34. That sounds about right, Beverly. Retired, love writing, do it instead of gardening!

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    1. Ha ha, Jacqui. you got it right. I kill flowers, either over water or forget to water them. Writing is not as dangerous. Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Well thank you, Pat. I'm glad you agree.Appreciate you stopping by.

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  36. Good definition! It's interesting seeing everyone's take. Definitely a diverse set of responses.

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    1. It sure is, Shannon. A lot of different ideas. Thanks for atopping by.

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  37. Hi Beverley! That[s a good definition of working writer. As you can see I still havent quite finished my rounds of the co-hosts yet! Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. :)

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    1. Hi, Jemima.I seem to stay behind. Just slow or poorly organized. Or both. Thanks for stopping by any time. Being a co-host is fun. I meet more friends that way.

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  38. I agree that considering yourself a working writer would/should require writing more than not during each given week. Saying that, we all have lives and other responsibilities. In my personal writing journey, the past two years have pulled me away from writing regularly; totally messed up any sort of schedule I used to stick to. I'm in the process of returning to a schedule. I think it's important, even if you don't write a lot.

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    1. I know ypu've had a lot of problems and interruptions in your life, S. A. I hope life is getting better for you and you hve some time for yourself. Whether it's writing or something else. Sending you best wishes for great days ahead.

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