#IWSG – Planned or random?

I have to confess to not being on the write page for this month’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group post. OK, I’m still willing to ask where would I be without the Ninja Captain himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh who created the Insecure Writer’s Support Group?

But I must admit to pulling out of the race to create an entry for the annual Anthology Competition. Many thanks, Captain Alex, but not this time.

However, before I forget, here are the details if you want to enter the 2020 IWSG Anthology Contest. It’s a challenging theme again – Dark Matter –but I’m sure you’ll be inspired. For the contest visit:

https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/the-2019-annual-iwsg-anthology-contest.html

My mind is insecure and struggling enough with my Sparkle Anwyl cases. Plus, I’m totally snowed under with the mounting emails and outstanding blog posts to read. So, apologies and more apologies to all that may concern.

Anyway, on to the monthly question which is another challenge – and possibly a chance to digress.

August 5 question – Quote: “Although I have written a short story collection, the form found me and not the other way around. Don’t write short stories, novels or poems. Just write your truth and your stories will mould into the shapes they need to be.” 
Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn’t planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?

I rarely stray from my chosen genre, although I moved from fantasy and SF shorts as a teenager to crime/mystery novels as a retiree. With a few exceptions, although Crime has merged with my Speculative and Alternative History diversions.

The main exception was my MG short ‘Feathered Fire’ for the Voyagers: The Third Ghostanthology. That was my only attempt at writing Middle Grade or historical – although, not fantasy.

However, my intention is to remain in my current genre – Crime – even if the form fluctuates between novel and shorts/flash.

But for NaNoWriMo this November, I may consider writing a longer piece with my characters from ‘Feathered Fire’.

Unless Crime never sleeps.

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The awesome co-hosts for the August 5 posting of the IWSG are Susan Baury Rouchard, Nancy Gideon, Jennifer Lane, Jennifer Hawes, Chemist Ken, and Chrys Fey! 

How can I be repetitive asking you to agree these guys are the best? Especially as they all have concerns, fears, and insecurities. But they struggle on, so ticker-tape applause for all of them – plus toasts with the best brew available.

Purpose of IWSG: 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!

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience, or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

Promoting Your Children’s Book

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Background Photo by Louise MacBeath Barbour

On the IWSG Anthology blog this week blog-co-ordinator, Louise MacBeath Barbour writes about creating a teacher’s guide based on her knowledge and experience as a teacher for over twenty-five years – and as one of the writers featured in Voyagers:  The Third Ghost 

Louise lays out a plan to create a user-friendly teacher’s guide that you can use during school and library visits, in presentations at conferences, or as an exhibiter at industry events. 

Learn more about this invaluable guidance at:

https://iwsganthologies.blogspot.com/2020/07/promote-your-childrens-book-by-creating.html

Writing craft books ~ Part 2

On the IWSG Anthology blog this week we have more great writing craft books to recommend, with more Voyagers:  The Third Ghostwriters and IWSG founder Alex J. Cavanaugh sharing favourite references of theirs. 

Check them out ~ perhaps you will find a new favourite to inspire your writing – and as blog-co-ordinator, Louise MacBeath Barbour says, she’ll “have to expand my writing references shelves in my study bookcase.  That’s a great problem to have ~ LOL.  Enjoy!”

https://iwsganthologies.blogspot.com/2020/07/favorite-writing-craft-books-part-2.html

Writing craft books ~ Part 1

On the IWSG Anthology blog this week and next, the first five of our authors featured in the 2020 Insecure Writer’s Support Group anthology Voyagers:  The Third Ghostand our publisher L. Diane Wolfe are sharing some favourite writing craft books.  Check them out ~ perhaps you will find a new favourite to inspire your writing.  

https://iwsganthologies.blogspot.com/2020/07/favorite-writing-craft-books.html

Watch out for details on the new Thesaurus from the same team behind The Emotion Thesaurus – Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi, from One Stop for Writers. I will be reviewing and blogging about The Occupation Thesaurus on Monday July 20th. Drop by then, please.

Online Writing Resources ~ Part 2

On the IWSG Anthology blog his week, the second group of authors featured in the 2020 Insecure Writer’s Support Group anthology Voyagers:  The Third Ghost are sharing some favourite online writing resources beyond the IWSG.  From the Rosetta Stone to online archives discover what great resources our Voyager authors have found!   

And thanks once again to fellow Anthology author and blog-co-ordinator, Louise MacBeath Barbour for keeping us inspired.

https://iwsganthologies.blogspot.com/2020/07/favorite-online-writing-resources-not.html

Online Writing Resources ~ Part 1

On the IWSG Anthology blog his week and next, the authors featured in the 2020 Insecure Writer’s Support Group anthology Voyagers:  The Third Ghostare sharing some favourite online writing resources beyond the IWSG.  Jump in and discover what great online resources our Voyager authors have found!   

And thanks once again to fellow Anthology author and blog-co-ordinator, Louise MacBeath Barbour for keeping us inspired.

https://iwsganthologies.blogspot.com/2020/06/favorite-online-writing-resources-not.html

Another fellow Anthology author, Charles Kowalski sent us this:

“In case you haven’t seen it already, a glowing review of “Voyagers” on BookBub came my way today. The reviewer loved all our stories, with a special shout-out to Bish and Katharina. Passing it along!”

https://www.bookbub.com/reviews/3580548828

More Anthology news next Wednesday – July 1st.