IWGS 12th Anniversary
Firstly, happy 12th anniversary to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. As a newcomer, it’s interesting to think about how one small idea can have such a large effect over a decade later. Who knew one conversation would spark a community? And there’s no telling how far it will continue to go. So I’m breaking this question into its parts: Discovery, Connection, and Help.
Discovery: My first post with IWSG was in May 2023. Unfortunetly, just like my writing, I haven’t stuck with it consistently. This should be my fifth post for the community, but it’s conveniently slipped my mind for the past two months. It’s not that I didn’t get the email with the question—or have a friend remind me each month to do my post—it’s that staring at a blank document is terrifying. It’s easier to answer questions in my head than to sit down and actually blog about the answer for the entire world to see. Regardless, I’m back at it this month, hopefully for good.
Connection: As probably many other IWSG people can attest, being an insecure writer means I’m not always the best at talking about my own work. Get me talking about other people’s works (especially my clients) I excel, but my own not so much. And I’ve always been more of a lurker than a joiner. I’ll even read people’s posts but be too nervous to comment. I have a fear of being perceived for me. It’s something I’ve got to work on, and the easiest step is writing these posts and actually commenting on other people’s blogs.
Help: I’m still discovering how IWSG is helping me. Right off the bat, it forces me to actually think about my website instead of my usual, “out of sight, out of mind”. Even though I’ve only done two posts, I stop and contemplate how I would answer the questions. Sometimes, I even log in and update my plugins. That’s the least I can do if I’m not going to post. But, what IWSG has provided me is the ability to see that I’m not alone in this endeavor. I have a great group of writer friends already, but many of them are light years ahead of me in terms of writing and publishing. No, they are not confident at every moment, but they have tangible proof they can write a book. Whereas I’m still languishing in a pile of my own making. Bit clicking on the different IWSG blogs shows me people at all levels of writing/publishing. And it’s helpful to know I’m not alone.
The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a home for writers in all stages; from unpublished to bestsellers. Our goal is to offer assistance and guidance. We want to help writers overcome their insecurities, and by offering encouragement we are creating a community of support.