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! Otherwise, when you leave a comment, people can’t find you to comment back.

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Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG 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. 

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December 1 question – In your writing, what stresses you the most? What delights you?

eAt the moment, my main stress comes from how to start a new chapter or section.

Before I begin to write a new novel, I like to make sure I have an outline of what I want to write, and where it needs to appear in the context. This is where my delight comes – I find the plotting and ideas part of the process to be the most enjoyable, and is the part I relish most.

Writing the actual content stresses me!

I have an idea of what I (overall) want from the section I am writing. But I do struggle to get that idea and outcome onto paper – and this is what gives me most stress. How can I transform my thoughts into something that people want to read? Whatever is in my head has a habit of not coming out in print as I want it to!

 Another thing that REALLY stresses me is not being good enough. I write novels, which takes up a big investment of time and effort. I worry that people won’t like my books, and therefore won’t read them. This results in a wasted 1-2 years of slogging out what I think is a reasonable novel. Any aspirations I have of being an author depend on people wanting to read my books – and this indeed causes a great deal of stress.