Insecure Writer's Support Group

The 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. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG

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!!!
March 1 Question: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

My awesome co-hosts for the March 1 posting of the IWSG will be Tamara Narayan, Patsy Collins, M.J. Fifield, and Nicohle Christopherson!



  Be sure to visit the
Insecure Writer’s Support Group Website!!!


*Do not add a direct link to your post here! This group posts every month. If you sign up and miss one first Wednesday, that's all right! Those who sign up just to advertise or miss two postings in a row will be removed so as not to waste group member's time. Thanks for respecting the purpose of this group!




(Adding your name to the list also signs you up for the IWSG Newsletter.)


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Dana Roquet said...

This is where I belong. Insecure to be sure but I keep fighting against it and carrying on. I have written 2 books. The reviews can really feed into my insecurity. I am enjoying reading all the comments and blog hops on here. Thanks Alex

Anna said...

Dear Alex,
At long last, I've decided to join your group.
Best wishes,
Anna

mlswift.me said...

Hey Alex...

Could you please change the name of my blog and the new link for me? I'll be over at my WP site from here on, and that link goes to my old one.

The new info is:

M.L. Swift, Writer
mlswift.me/blog

Thanks, Alex! :o)

Linda Jackson said...

Hi Alex,
I am #288 in the link, but it shows the title of my last post rather than the name of my blog. Can you please correct it? Thanks.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad so many of you have joined the group!

Marta Szemik said...

Thank you for your thoughtful words today, Alex.
I have been around, (although it may not seem like it) and hope to soon dedicate more time to my abandoned blog ;)

LuAnn Braley said...

I apologize for totally spacing this month. My husband's Mamaw passed this last week and I had a lot of running around to do.

Jen Chandler said...

Alex,

I feel like such a pain.

I just added my new blog address and wanted to let you know if you need to delete the old one, I'm at #54. Sorry! I'm pretty sure this is the last time I'll have to trouble you about deleting/adding a link!

I forgot how hard it was getting a blog started...geez...

Thanks in advance,
~Jen

shovonc said...

You're like Mother Teresa, but with blogs.

Diane Weidenbenner said...

Just found your site and blogathon from a person's blog on the Blogging A to Z challenge (that's a lot of blogging, I know). Grateful and looking forward to participating.

Diane Weidenbenner said...

Okay, not sure if you got my last comment. Found your blog/site through another blogger's mention of you on the Blogging A to Z challenge. No, I'm not usually a rambler... Thanks for setting this up - it looks like a great, insecure group which is perfect for me. Just signed up as "In my own words" at www.dianeweidenbenner.coom

Hillary Sperry said...

Just joined in too! I love seeing all these writers working and helping each other out!

David List said...

I've taken the plunge! Now to figure out how to get the logo onto my blog... Hmm...

Fe said...

Hello Alex

What a treasure - linked on my Blog...

Diane Weidenbenner said...

So glad that I found your blog and IWSG blog list. I've added mine and I hope it was what you are thinking/have in mind. I'm also doing the A to Z challenge so I had to multi-task for this past Wednesday ("C" for the challenge). Looking forward to visiting other blogs and commiserating! www.dianeweidenbenner.com "In my own words..."

Sabrina A. Fish said...

I've enjoyed reading other writer's posts on this day each month. They always help motivate me. Been feeling extremely insecure myself, lately, so I thought I'd join the party! Thanks, Alex.

Cynthia said...

I just found this group, I'm not joining but will be back to see what this group actually does. I've never written anything so I don't consider myself a writer. I've always wanted to though. I know it takes a certain talent to write and I don't have that. I wouldn't even know how to begin. Then again maybe I'm to hard on myself.

Cynthia (The Sock Zone)

Mencara Mitchell said...

I missed two and was removed, can I rejoin or did I blow it?

Suze said...

Okay, I'm ready to be back on board. I also signed up for your Movie Remakes blog fest after having a talk about remakes with my husband. He convinced me I could come up with cool stuff to write about! :)

Fe said...

Thank You, Alex

I found you through A-Z and am so happy I did. I've put the first Wednesday of each month into my calendar and only hope that I do everything correctly. I've written for ages but sharing online - that's a totally different ballgame...

nissa_loves_cats said...

I've just joined the IWSG. Even though I've given up self-doubt for the month of May. Kind of like when I gave up having Asperger Syndrome for Lent.

Lisa said...

@Captain Alex, I've had your badge with link on my blog for over a year now even though I didn't do the Wednesday's. I'm going to give them a try though and have already made a dent in my blog visiting this morning. Will work on more later today. Thanks for sharing about your doubts about writing. We all have them even if we've "chosen" this as our livelihood.

Maria Dunn said...

Alex, I so appreciate this group and reading everyone else's insecurities and inspirations and encouragement has been such a blessing. But I when I linked up, I was still getting to understand the difference between putting in your blog address verses putting in your post link and I disobeyed and entered the post, not knowing what I was doing. How do I fix that? Thanks. God bless, Maria at Delight Directed Living

moonduster said...

May crept up on me a little too quickly so my post is up, but up late.

Laura Marcella said...

I just signed up for IWSG! My first post will be June 5, woohoo!!! I've seen these posts on many of my buddies' blogs for the past–what has it been, year or two?–and I'm finally getting in on the supportive action. Great idea, Alex!!

Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Lisa said...

I'm late but I'm posting!!! I really love this group and am slowly making my way through the list.

Melissa Sugar said...

Damn, I missed it again, Alex. I don't know what's wrong with me. This time I was ready. I wrote my post and I scheduled it on my blog for "publish at a later date," and off to work I went. Well, I must be doing something wrong with the scheduled post publishing, because this happened once during the A to Z challenge. This is only my second time to use it and both times it failed to publish my post. Sorry, Alex.

Suze said...

Alex, this has been around so long it's certainly its own force, by now. But would you ever consider changing the name? When the posts go up, the word 'Insecure' has this ENORMOUS power, which I've always personally worked to negate. I see everyone focusing on those things which make them feel small, unworthy, weak -- a sort of perpetual second guessing. What if it was the Overcoming Writers' Support Group or the Persevering or Empowered? Names create us. Words are potions. You know what I mean? Just some thoughts I've had for a while ...

unikorna said...

I finally managed to add the code to my blog post...such a lovely opportunity to meet new interesting people :).

kimlajevardi.com said...

Alex,
Life got in the way of my participation in IWSG for a couple of months. I'd really like to rejoin if I can.

Kim Lajevardi

Kendra503 said...

Hmm, I used to be part of this group at one point. ): Do you think I could rejoin and try to keep up again this time?

P V Ariel said...

Hi Alex,
I joined here as number 246 and i thought that i did everything, but unfortunately nothing done! I am so sorry to note this, now I am going to embed the page in my page and other formalities.
Alex this is really an encouraging one especially to the people who are
new to this sort of writing things.
Keep up the good work.
Keep inform
I just posted it in my blog, here is the link. Philipscom
Best Regards
Phil

P V Ariel said...

Hi Alex,
Good to be here again after a bit gap. I thought that I finished all formalities to join in, unfortunately while checking again I found that i have not finished yet, sorry, here i am with my embedded page.
This is really wonderful and glad to note that the spirit of A to Z is going along-with it.:-)
I appreciate you for such an initiative to alert the fellow writers. Thanks again for the mail notification. Keep inform Best Regards. Here is my link. Philipscom
Best Regards
Phil

Carolyn Brown said...

Wow, it looks like there are a lot of new sign ups for this meme now, Alex. It is such a great way to share our feelings and thoughts each month with such a special group of people is very special.

srilatha91 said...

Hi Alex,
I love this idea. Do I have to be a published author to join this? I am so insecure I don't even know if I qualify to join an insecure writers' group ;) just kidding (not really). Seriously, though, I just with a passion (I write a blog) and for a local newsletter once a month, mostly as an outlet. Only recently have I started considering my work getting published and there started the insecurities.
Thanks for a great forum.
sri

moonduster said...

I couldn't find my link. I haven't missed one yet, with the exception of this month's which I just added in post-dated (forgot). I thought it took two missed posts before we got deleted? Oh well, no matter as I resubmitted. (I hope it is not up there and I just duplicated it!)

~Rebecca Fyfe o fImagine! Create! Write!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, everyone - you guys are who keep this group growing and strong!

M.L. Swift said...

I'm late, but wanted to stop by and visit. I always enjoy our IWSG Wednesdays. Thanks for continuing them.

Dara said...

Hoping I submitted my blog correctly. I'm bummed I didn't have time YESTERDAY to find this niche, so I'll be sure to chime in for September. I'm only now diving into the world of writing, so if the very least, insecurity is definitely apart of my life.

EXCITED!

darathewriter.blogspot.com/

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

I'm new here and just wanted to say congratulations on your awesome second anniversary! I'd ask anyone who has the time to stop by Beverly Fox's site the Beveled Edge, to cheer her up. I just read her post and she needs to have her spirits lifted.

Sher A. Hart said...

Joined again. Hope it sticks!

Adrienne Reiter said...
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Adrienne Reiter said...

I participated for the first time! So glad I did. What a great idea!

Posting my insecurities to my blog is empowering. I added your link.



Thanx!
A

Deniz Bevan said...

I can help co-host in October or December, if you still need!

Virginia Llorca said...

So last February everyone became secure!

Julie said...

Wow, you struck a nerve! :) Good luck with the continued growth!

Alex Tanner said...

I just added my link to the bloghop :D looking forward to it!

Allison Bruning said...

Alex,
I am a teacher and cannot post on Weds. I had to move my posting to Sat. But it is still there.

hatpaintladdersandwonkypooh said...

Thanks for starting this group Alex. It's a great idea and it looks like you've gathered a great group of insecure writers together. I missed this month but I will be joining in next month! Looking forward to it.

noonebutabloghead said...

I've returned to the flock after two months without a post - any chance of being added back onto the roster?

Susan Kane said...

Altho I have not participated in the Insecure Writers, I do enjoy reading others' posts.

I admire their desire to improve the craft of writing!

Stephsco said...

I see the support blog posts regularly but have never joined! still not sure if I will (I do a different blog hop on Wednesdays) but I'll visit some of the other blogs :)

Crystal Collier said...

Yes! This is one of my favorite writing groups, and does it get much more awesome than each of us supporting one another? Here's to our combined strength!

o2bheavenlyminded.com said...

I'm a new follower. There are lots of words running around inside my head. I'm definitely an insecure writer in many ways. This support group sounds awesome. Thanks! Kimberly :)

Juneta Key said...

Great Idea. I just joined. My insecurities are already showing, because I am really hoping I did this right. I'm fairly new to having my own website.

SittieCates said...

Thanks for this, Alex! Had to update my post. Forgot to add the photo. All the best to the IWSG!

SittieCates

Latest Blog Post: IWSG Post: What if No One Wants to Read Your Book?

Viola Fury said...

This is such a GREAT group and my resolution to make my entry on time was foiled, however, I went ahead and did it anyway. Writers are nothing if not tenacious! Looking forward to the A-to-Z Challenge as well! Thanks! Mary aka Viola Fury A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal BlogFest – Sign Up Now #atozchallenge #atozreveal

dumcho wangdi said...

Great initiative. Greetings from Bhutan, South Asia.

Courtney Turner said...

Lovely idea. I'm focused on A-Z Challenge this month but maybe next month can spend some time w/ the IWSG group.
Found you via one of the A-Z bloggers, Brandon Ax. Aloha from Maui, Maui Jungalow.

Tui Snider said...

Patricia Lynne keeps mentioning this at #StoryDam chat & I keep forgetting to sign up... so here I am *finally.* Guess my first post will be April 30, 2014. I've added it to my calendar! :D

Feather Stone said...

Would you please delete "Romance Under Fire" #268; I'm now posting IWSG articles under a different location (Life of a Writer). Thanks

Lauren said...

I've posted every month, albeit sometimes later in the day. Is there a particular time I need to post in order to not get dropped from the list?

Allison Bruning said...

Alex. I added my blog to your list again. I recently moved and was a day late posting my blog posting for this month. I've been bogged down unpacking boxes. My posting is on there now, though.

Cathy Kennedy said...

I linked up, but I haven't written my post yet. :( I jumped ahead of the game just a bit. Silly me, right? Anywho, I will get one up ASAP and give a Twitter shout out. I am looking forward to being apart of this group. :-D

Debra McKellan said...

So once upon a time, I was the 97th person to sign up for this. O.O Almost 330 people now!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Wooohoo! First comment in 2014...I think. I know I've been a part of this group years ago, then things became overwhelming as my life at home intensified. Going over the names in the list brings back a strong sense of nostalgia. These guys are my family! I used to visit them quite regularly. Guess what? I'm back!!

Alex, you rock. Thank you for taking time to such a wonderful cause!!! xox

Kym-n-Mark Todd said...

Thanks, Cap'n, for continuing to steer this ship!

Stephanie Bird said...

Alex, I love the idea of this group. Glad I found out about it through the blog Write by Fey. I'm in!

Cathy Kennedy said...

Alex, I missed two months in a row ~ got canned from the roll. :( That's okay, I'm back. Hopefully, I won't make THAT mistake again. Thanks for hosting. I REALLY want to move forward with my book idea, so today I finally got a tid-bit written. :D Have an excellent week!

Adrienne Reiter said...

I also got dismissed for missing two months in a row. Like Cathy, I'm back. We've snuck back in. Please and thank you for your pardon Captain.
Cheers!

P V Ariel said...

Hi Alex and Team.
I am really sorry for the lapse from my side to keep up the tempo, I miserably missed two months participation and thus the dismissal!
Sorry Alex, I am back again with a bang my post for the month is on the way and will be posted today, again a bit late as per the stipulated day :-)
Hope, Alex and team will accept me again as a member of the group :-)
Have a good day. :-)
Best Regards
~ Philip

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Melissa Sugar said...

You rock. Yo really are the best, Alex. I can't believe this group has been running for three years. My first post (I think ... ever) was an IWSG post and you and your group welcomed me to the blogging world. Now that I am trying to return to blogging, this is the perfect way to ease back in and hopefully reconnect with old friends and make some new ones. I certainly have been feeling super insecure about my writing progress lately. Thank you.

Joshua Bertetta Ph.D. said...

Brand new to blogspot. Glad I found you Alex. Quite an amazing place you have here.

JJ said...

I have been writing for a long time, and I am not very insecure about it. However, I continue to follow this wonderful blog because I learn a great deal from the contributors. And I am not alone, which should make everyone feel more secure in their art. Everyone at this website is terrific! Yes, even you, Alex. Thanks.

Viola Fury said...

I finally made it on the 1st Wednesday of the month! I've been trying, but we've had health problems (my bf has been in and out of the hospital) and I'm playing viola again. However, with NaNoWriMo starting up again, I wanted to start trying to post something at LEAST once a week. I'm still working on what would be last weeks' post, but at least I'm writing!

Thanks, Alex, you rock and this is an awesome site. I cannot thank you enough for this! Mary

Ninja Girl said...

Hi Alex,
I posted my first IWSG post and have been a long-time follower of several IWSG writers :). This is great group. Thanks for setting all of this up so us insecure writers can have a place to go for help and encouragement.
Ninja Girl

Memphis Steve said...

I'm kind of new to this, but I am going to try to participate. I was about to close my blog altogether, but now I'm thinking of simply switching it over to a writer's blog and talking with you guys about writing. Today's post is your IWSG assignment. If you get a chance, check it out. Oh, and speaking of Stephen King (Kathryn Neff Perry just did), I beta-read for him once. It was Stephen H. King, of course, not the BIG Stephen King most of you know. But still, it's fun to tell people I'm a beta-reader for Stephen King.

Corinne OFlynn said...

Late to the game, but eager to start in December! I've been seeing these posts around the web for the longest time. Can't wait to take part. :) Thanks for hosting.

Patsy said...

I've been so busy co hosting I nearly forgot to drop in here and say hi. Actually I'm not sure my typing finger still has the strength, so is it OK if I just wave?

Yolanda Renee said...

Forgot I'd taken so much time away - now re-added!

Tiffany said...

Wow Alex, this is great. Thank you so much for this.

Aunt Mary said...

Hello, I have just joined the group :)

Feather Stone said...

Please remove Life of a Writer (#167). Thanks
Feather Stone

Elizabeth said...

I signed up! I'm looking forward to reading advice from others and sharing my own insecurities. Thanks for encouraging me to join, Alex :)

Rebecca Hunter said...

Hi Alex,
I've read your thoughtful comments on Elizabeth S.C.'s blog for years now, and I decided to check out your site. Fabulous!!
/Rebecca

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Patsy said...

Is the link for Eve correct? I'm getting weird looking results.

Helena said...

I'm not part of the official insecure group, but my heart goes out to everyone on it. Right now I'm proofing YET AGAIN my manuscript and finding embarrassing mistakes, which makes me feel as if I'm never good enough as a writer. Why do I keep messing up?

Thank you, Alex, for helping so many of us.

Subhendu Mohanty said...

Thanks Alex, should have found this long back ! better late than never !

L. S. said...

My sister and mother hate my book. I don't know if my book is crap or not. They don't like the style, the paragraph breaks, or the the pace. My sister keeps comparing it against an auther she does like, and states mine doesn't read luke a book at all. I ferl like I've wasted my time. I worked so hard trying to learn, and while hard it was fun. I feel like crushed can of sofa pop.

nananettie1969.com said...

I hope I get this right. Post on Oct 4th any questions or help I need. Use #ISWG and image. Blog hop offer up what help I can. Is that the jest of it? Sorry, novice to all things it seems lol

Liesbet said...

Every month, I try to check out a bunch of new blogs on this list. There are many, which means many like-minded souls out there! Thanks for bringing us all together Alex and keeping up the good work. It is so very interesting to read people's answers to the IWSG questions and learning from the pros.

Philip V Ariel said...

Hi Alex,
What a joy to be here again!
I am so glad to join in again.
Hope everyone here are doing well.
Sure will interact with each other
Keep up the good work
Keep sharing
Have a great day
- Philip Verghese Ariel

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Ved Amin said...

Jacqui told me about this group.
Great idea to have this.
Regards.

Gossip_Grl said...

Hi

I know this is unrelated to your link list but I am wondering if you or other participants in ISWG would have links to free online editing tools. I had several suggested by others, but my computer crashed last year and I lost a lot of saved links. Right now I rely on Word and Google Docs which really aren't the greatest tools compared to links I had saved. I have google searched, but those that come up in the search are not the editing tools I once used. If anyone can help suggest, please email me at j3llybeanz@gmail.com Thank you so much.

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