Wednesday, April 4, 2018

April #IWSG Posting Day!!

Insecure Writer's Support Group Day and Upcoming Events

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

The awesome co-hosts for the April 4 posting of the IWSG are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Renee Scattergood, and Tamara Narayan!

April 4 question - When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?

This post has been pilfered almost word for word from Alex J. Cavanaugh. I'm not even going to apologize for it. Just stole it right from his other site and plopped it down into my blog. Yep. That's my Crime of the Day!

No news is good news, right? Still haven't heard from the last few places that have my queries out there. Gotta start working on the next batch, but I need to finish up this old bottle of procrastination and get me some of that fresh from the bakery motivation.

This month's question is another tough one for me. I usually don't dig down. I usually flop around like a tuna on the deck of a boat. It's not pretty and no, it doesn't work for me either, but inspiration isn't always easy to find.

What about you guys?

Make sure you read to the bottom! Lots of good stuff coming up for the IWSG!!!

Upcoming events:

Are you following TheIWSG on Instagram? Here are the prompts for April:

There’s a Self-Publishing Conference coming up on April 14 and it’s free to register for it.

The IWSG anthology, Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime, comes out on May 1. Click on the link to go to the book’s page – pre-orders are open.

The IWSG Goodreads Group will be discussing Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need by Blake Snyder on May 23.

The next IWSG Twitter pitch event, #IWSGPit, is July 19! See that page for details. Some great success stories have come from the first two – it could be you.

Please welcome Shannon Lawrence to the IWSG Admin team!
Shannon will be heading up our newsletter.

We need co-hosts for the coming months! If you can co-host on May 2, June 6, July 3, or August 1, please leave a comment below or send us an email. It takes at least four co-hosts each month to keep up with everyone. Thanks!


  1. I think querying is one of the most brutal exercises out there. Honestly. I wish there was an easier way to get in front of people, and I suppose that's why I like contests so much more than queries. At any rate, I'm wishing you peace while you wait, and motivation to move forward until you hear back.

  2. I'm looking forward to the Save the Cat discussion on the 23rd.

    And like I've told Alex, you can generally count on me to co-host anytime. (although I'll probably be busy on July 3rd.)

  3. Steal away!
    We can't just let you flop around like that. Somebody toss Heather back in the water.
    Just hang in there.

  4. Hey, procrastination comes in bottles now? I need some of that.

  5. The waiting really is the hardest part, isnt it? ;)

  6. hahaha - delightful read. Its such a relief to know other writers are just as procrastinating as I am. So reassuring.

  7. You can buy motivation? I want some.

  8. I love your honesty and I hope all your queries turn up with great news :)

  9. Inspiration? I love reading Stephen King's 'On Writing' - it always motivates me, gets me going again!

  10. Shh, I won't tell anyone you stole. >.> LOL

  11. sometimes flailing is better than digging. At least it's not giving up :-)

    I would totally love to co-host! You can e-mail me at featherzines (at) to discuss when/if you need me

  12. There's a lot to be said for flopping around. Good exercise, then down to business. :-) You've packed in a lot in your #IWSG post today, Heather. Great job.


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