Wednesday, October 4, 2017

#IWSG Day AND Show us your Insecurity AND The FREE Writing For Profit anthology is now available!

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!

Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG

Remember, the monthly question is optional!

October 4 Question: Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

The awesome co-hosts for the October 4 posting of the IWSG are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan! 

Thank you to our awesome co-hosts today!!

Hope you are all well. I know its tough out there. There are lots of reasons to get bogged down in the negative, but we must keep moving forward. Step by step. Day by day.

"I don't care what you believe, just believe it." S. Book

Have I ever slipped personal info into my characters? Absolutely! I'm sure I've added my traits, personality quirks, and my personal pet peeves into all of my characters. They're a part of me, stuck in my weird brain, so it only makes sense that they would pick up my bad habits and charm.

How about you?

Are you proud to be an insecure writer? Then show us!

Today, post a photo of yourself (or your alter ego) with any of the IWSG swag or with the IWSG logo. Then leave a comment that day at either the IWSG website’s post or the IWSG Facebook post directing us to your photo. (All blog, Facebook, Goodreads, and newsletter members welcome, but photo must be posted on a blog or Facebook to qualify.) 

The IWSG site admins will visit each one and pick the top three. Why? Because there are cool prizes involved:
Third place – EBook of A Change of Mind and Other Stories by Nick Wilford, eBook of The Remnant by William Michael Davidson, eBook of Cling to God by Lynda R. Young, eBook of Already Home by Heather M. Gardner, and eBook of Dragon of the Stars by Alex. J. Cavanaugh.
Second place – The entire eBook collection of the Totem series by Christine Rains, eBooks of Princess of Las Pulgas by C. Lee McKenzie, audio book of CassaSeries by Alex J. Cavanaugh, eBook of Black and White by Nick Wilford, and your choice eBook from J.L. Campbell.
Grand prize winner - IWSG website interview, IWSG newsletter spotlight, IWSG pinned tweet for one week, C. Lee McKenzie's Featured Follower for the month, the IWSG Goodreads book club eBook for October/November, a short chapter critique, and a pair of IWSG erasers. 

Shaun and Hamish showing off the IWSG business cards and website!!

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Writing for Profit Available Now!

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this free anthology.

From writing to publishing to marketing, the Insecure Writer's Support Group members provide tips on making money as a writer. This guide represents the spirit of the IWSG - to encourage and support writers everywhere! It is our hope that this book will benefit you as a writer, no matter where you are in the journey. 

ISBN: 9781939844453 FREE
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo

I'm in this one! My submission is Selling yourself in public for profit!!!


Don’t forget the annual IWSG Anthology Contest deadline is November 1!
Genre: Mystery/Crime/Thriller
Theme: Tick Tock.
We have an awesome panel of judges this year and the winning entries will be published in a royalty-paying anthology.
See the IWSG Anthology Contest post for details. 


  1. Stormy will be jealous he's not in the photo!
    We're all a little weird. Some just more dangerous weird than others.

  2. Shaun the sheep! I love him. I have a Shaun the sheep backpack from England.

  3. A busy old time! Shaun and Hamish did a great job of showing off the goods.

  4. The animals are looking good! :) I slip in weird bits of me too.

  5. My current MC drinks a lot of coffee and goes to coffee shops, and is also as neurotic as I am, if not more. It's hard for me to write characters who are more laid-back because I don't really know how they think.

  6. The picture is too cute. I'm surprised Stormy isn't photobombing it though.

  7. Do Shaun and Hamish come with the business cards? I'm all over that.

  8. Yes, we are all a little weird - I spend my time writing as a ten year old boy in the late 1700's, or as a twelve year old boy in 780 AD, so how odd is that? :0)

  9. Slipping our weird selves into the story - guilty as charged. Gotta 'write what you know'.

  10. I've enjoyed seeing everyone's pictures today. It's been a lot of fun.

    And I like that 'bad habits and charm'. I know my characters are lousy with mine. :)

  11. Good to take it day by day in difficult times. Hard to believe that they will pass, but I can say from experience that even the worst ones do pass.

  12. Was Stormy taking a nap? Hope he's not jealous! ;)

  13. I wish I had some swag to post a picture with. Love the quote and you are right step by step is sometimes the only way to make it to the next time we can sprint.

  14. Wow, it's a busy month for IWSG, isn't it!
    Pet peeves have to be easy to unintentionally slip in.

  15. Cute photos. As for selling yourself in public. That's it, the hardest game in town. Happy IWSG, Heather.

  16. Hi Heather - great to see Shaun and Hamish and their (?) business cards ... yes poor old Stormy - I hope he's not forgotten. Thanks for the book "Writing for Profit" - just downloaded it ... cheers Hilary

  17. Cute photo. I forgot all about the pic with the IWSG swag. :(

  18. I agree, Heather! Great photo of your insecure alter ego. And bravo for having an essay in one of the IWSG anthologies. More power to you! Enjoy your day.

  19. So much info and goings on-and cuddly friends too!!!

  20. I'd post a picture of myself if I wasn't totally camera shy (also I've never revealed my face on my blog). I like the stuffed animals in the picture though. :)

  21. Oh, I love your photo. It's adorable.

  22. Cute pic of your stuffed buddies supporting the IWSG!

  23. Congrats for getting in the "Writing for Profit" anthology! Well done.

    You have some cute friends there. ;)


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