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!
February 7 question – What do you love about the genre you write in most often?
The awesome co-hosts for the February 7 posting of the IWSG are Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia, Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!
A couple years back, I switched from writing mostly mysteries and thrillers to writing mostly science fiction (or fantasy, depending on the day.) And I love the sense of community, and the positivity, and the imagination. Thrillers were fun, but there’s a darkness there that wasn’t all that fun to live with.
My insecurities right now? Well… as always, I’m mired in my revision, but I’m down to single-digit chapters on my revision to-do list. I’ve saved the toughest revision for last, and I’m insecure about every single one of those seven or eight chapters. (Among other things, I still can’t decide whether my main character marries the love interest at the end of the book.)
But it’s nearly finished, and I’ll have to make those decisions sooner or later, no matter what.
This is where my mind wanders to the social implications of business decisions. I have forums and blog hops and writers’ groups, and I’ve made amazing friends over the course of the creative process. When I start thinking about what to do with the book after it’s finished, I’m discovering that in addition to a Muse and an Inner Editor, I have an Inner Social Director.
Inner Social Director is currently reminding me that no matter how I publish the book, half my friends are going to hate me when they find out. (For heaven’s sake, don’t bring it up over dinner, and are you really wearing that?) Inner Social Director is kind of a bitch, actually.