IWSG-Insecure Writers Support Group August 2018

In an effort to push myself as a writer, I recently joined, in fact, as recently as today, IWSG, the Insecure Writers Support Group.

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IWSG was started by Alex J. Cavanaugh in an effort to assist writers from all stages, published and unpublished, with overcoming their writing fears, struggles, doubts, and concerns. IWSG helps writers build confidence, something I’m in dire need of, through encouragement, and community support.

The first Wednesday of the month IWSG posts an optional question or writing prompt to its members.  Each month’s prompt has several amazing co-hosts. Erika Beebe, Sandra Hoover, Susan Gourley, and Lee Lowry are this month’s co-hosts. Feel free to drop by their blogs and see what they are up to. 

This month’s optional question is: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?

The operative word being “optional,” and having never been published, I’ve chosen not to answer this month’s optional question. 

Why I’ve chosen IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group)

First, I’d like to give a very special thanks to Liesbet at Roaming About – A Life Less Ordinary for encouraging me to join IWSG and generously offering the assistance I needed to begin this part of my journey. Her guidance encompassed what IWSG is all about. Writers helping other writers be successful. Thank you, Liesbet for your time and energy.

I am the quintessential insecure writer, displaying most, if not all, of the symptoms. Perfectionism, anxiety, lack of confidence, self-doubt, and every writer’s worst nightmare, “writer’s block,” to name a few, are my constant companions.  I’ve written and scrapped countless blog ideas, short stories, and personal essays, (not counting the ones I’ve composed in my head while hiking or washing my hair) because I think they’re not good enough.

IWSG may not be able to help me overcome all of my writing issues, but I will know I am not alone in my angst. I’m confident I will grow as a writer, and hopefully, I will be able to give back by encouraging other writers.

IWSG also encourages members to share their struggles and triumphs on projects they’re working on. I have a memoir that for the past 15 years has been begging to be written. Now’s the time.

I’m hoping this is a suitable hook.

“You’re an animal,” he called as I rode past. Feet glued to the pedals, butt lifted off the seat, I pulsed harder up the hill. We were somewhere around mile fifty of the 2003 Tierra Bella Bicycle Tour. I was riding my mountain bike. I’d been in the saddle about five hours and beginning to wonder what in the hell I thought I was trying to prove and why this man thought I was an animal.

My friend Sandy hung with me the whole way. Up every climb, across each straight away, and patiently waiting for me at every pit stop along our sixty-three-mile road ride.

Six hours later I called Bill, my trainer. He’d been worried about me, expecting me to have finished the race much sooner. I was just happy to have finished. The stumps I was walking around on were about to collapse.





16 thoughts on “IWSG-Insecure Writers Support Group August 2018

  1. You did it, Laura! Congrats on your first IWSG post. Your explanation about how you feel as a writer is incredibly familiar and I love how clearly you expressed all those feelings and hurdles. You took the first step and onward you will go. 🙂 Thank you for the mention, I’m happy I could help. And, I like your hook. You leave us hanging, not only wondering who the guy is who called you an animal, but how the rest of your bike ride and bike life will develop.


    • HI Liesbet
      Thank you. I was sweating bullets trying to pull it together. Write, write, write, edit, edit, edit, read,edit again, read and so on
      Glad you liked the hook too. This part of my life was amazing.
      I could not have done it without you


  2. Welcome to the #IWSG! All the best with the memoir. I’ve got one of those in me waiting to come out. If you’ve scrapped stuff you’ve written then at least you can say you had written something. I haven’t been writing much of late.

    Your snippet–intriguing by the way–reminds me of a song I recently wrote and talk about on my current #IWSG post. Maybe you can help me out!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


  3. Hi Liesbet

    Thank you. I was sweating bullets trying to pull it together. Write, write write, edit, edit, edit, read, edit again, read, and so on.
    Glad you like the hook too. This particular time in my life was amazing.

    I could not have done it without you


    • Hello Nick
      Thanks for welcoming me to the group. I’ve pretty much been going through the writing process on my own so it’s good to know there are others out there experiencing similar struggles and successes.
      Thanks for in input on my memoir blurb


    • Hi Janis

      I’m very excited about IWSG. After seeing how they have helped Liesbet I thought the group would be a good fit for me too. Besides the monthly question, they also have a newsletter, contests and several other ways to help fellow writers.

      I love the bike. I always feel good when I ride, except when I’m huffing and puffing up a hill. But, then there is always the other side.



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