This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post for September 2023.
Alex's awesome co-hosts this month are:
and Meka James!
Please stop by their blogs and say thank you.
September 6 question: The IWSG celebrates 12 years today! When did you discover the IWSG, how do you connect, and how has it helped you?
Goodness! Has it been 12 years? I feel old.
You are old, Melissa.
I had trouble locating my first IWSG post. But that's probably because I signed up, forgot to post, and got kicked off. Alex was gracious enough to let me try again.
Since then, I've left the hop and rejoined, as life and blogging time allowed. I enjoy touching base with my cyber-friends, and I find comfort in knowing other writers struggle with the same things I do. I've also learned a lot over the years.
My August 2012 post on the almost-one-year anniversary of IWSG was one of my funnier ones. Click if you need to lighten up and have a laugh.
The true one-year post was about plotting. I used color-coded scene cards. You might find it interesting.
Occasionally I've opened up about my struggles and insecurities. That's the nice thing about this group. We can be real. We can also celebrate our successes with each other.
When I have time for extra visits, I go to the bottom of the sign-up list to connect with new writers, in hopes of paying it forward. Sometimes I find one or two.
Gone are the Platform-Building campaigns. The number of blog comments is down. The blogosphere is not what it used to be, and that makes me sad.
All the more reason I'm grateful that IWSG is still around, and I'm in awe of Alex and all he does for the writing community.
IWSG is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. It's a monthly bloghop that offers a safe haven for writers to express their feelings and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. It's also a venue for offering support, both in the form of comments and positive posts. Writers of all kinds are welcome.
We 'meet' the first Wednesday of every month. If you're interested in learning more, click on the link above. And don't be intimidated by the size of the group. We're not expected to visit everyone on the list.