Wednesday, June 3, 2020

IWSG June Post



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!

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 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! Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post. And please be sure your avatar links back to your blog! If it links to Google+, be sure to change it as Google+ is going away in January. Otherwise, when you leave a comment, people can't find you to comment back.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.   
The next posting day is June 3rd. 

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Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day 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.
Remember, the question is optional!!! 

June 3 question - Writers have secrets! What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work? 
 
The awesome co-hosts for the June 3 posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, J.Q. Rose, and Natalie Aguirre!
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It's been a tough month (see here and here for more information), and I don't have much to say about writing, though I am making an effort to get back to working at least a little. I even submitted some flash fiction stories, thanks to a tip from Jemima Pett. I want to give a huge thank-you to all of you who have been sending messages of strength and support. This is uncharted territory, and the support of friends is a huge help, and this is an amazing group that reaches far beyond encouraging comments about writing.

For this month, I'm setting only one writer goal for myself: to write at least a few words, most days. For now, I'm trying to write a few blog posts and even bits of a short story. Writing is hard, but it is also a comforting activity, because as much as I'm often an insecure writer, I also know where I am with a keyboard under my fingers.


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I can't think of anything to say in answer to this month's optional question, but I would love to hear your secrets! Leave a comment and tell me about your secret identity!


20 comments:

  1. Rebecca, I am so sorry that I did not see your post about your husband's sudden death. My heart so goes out to you. I lost my husband six years ago suddenly too. I'm hear for you if you want to email me to talk as you go through the months ahead. I'm glad that you've been able to write. It's taken me all this time to get to a point where I even wanted to. Thinking of you and sending you support and love as you go through one of the hardest times of life.

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    1. Natalie, I'm humbled and saddened as I learn how many of my friends have gone through this. Thanks for reaching out.

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  2. I absolutely agree about writing being hard but also being a comfort. Please take care of yourself. Continuing to send prayers and good thoughts your way....

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  3. It takes baby steps to get back into live after a loss such as yours. *hugs*

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    1. Baby steps, indeed. At this point, I am literally just trying to write one sentence a day on the story. It probably won't make for a very good draft, but it feels right.

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  4. When this happened to me, Natalie Aguirre reached out and we talked for quite a bit on the phone. She. lost her husband several years ago, so she understood exactly where I was and what I was feeling. I hope you have family and friends near. They're a great comfort when you're dealing with such complicated feelings and trying to figure out what next.

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    1. Family and friends are mostly near in spirit and at the other end of the phone line. They are certainly a huge help.

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  5. I haven't been going around to blogs as I usually do, so I really did miss this. And I am deeply sorry for your loss. I've been facing issues in my life and with my family, too, which is why I haven't been around as much as usual. Sending you prayers.

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    1. Sending hugs back to you, and hope that things are going better.

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  6. I'm sorry about your loss and can't imagine how tough it is. I'm sending prayers and thoughts your way.

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  7. Please accept my deepest sympathy for you and your family. You must be a strong woman (Ninja librarian) and determined to move on as your husband would want you to do. I'm glad you have your writing and reading to help you along.
    JQ Rose

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  8. You're doing well just to blog right now. I can tell you're strong. Just remember to be patient and kind with yourself. (((hugs))

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  9. So sorry for your loss. If you are writing at all, that is a small miracle. Prayers for you and your family.

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  10. Rebecca, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and healing thoughts.

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  11. You're amazing to even put this blog together! Keep taking those steps and be kind to yourself. Sending hugs!

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  12. Does laziness count as a secret, Rebecca? So lazy I'm getting here many days late - excuses forthcoming...one day.

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