Guest Post by Alex J. Cavanaugh
It all began with an off-handed remark to a fellow author about a support group for writers. A sign up list was offered and on September 1, 2011, we had our first group blog posting with about forty writers participating.
Two and a half years later, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) has grown far beyond its humble beginnings. There are now three hundred members who post every month, a Facebook group with over six hundred members, and a website bursting with information!
Writers need support and encouragement. We want to know what choices we’ll have to make during our journey. And we want to be armed and ready with the knowledge to make our dreams come true. That is the force that drives the IWSG.
What does the IWSG offer?
1 – A website that’s a database of information.
The official IWSG site – http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/ – is filled with information. Seven administrators man the site, keeping the content updated. It’s a writing database, focusing on major links, other databases, and resources for writers. Topics include writing tips; publishers, agents, and queries; self-publishing; marketing; contests; publications; and services. (Including a link to How to Write Shop!) The administrators post every Monday, and Wednesdays often feature guest posts from experts in the industry.
2 – A unique support group.
The first Wednesday of every month is the official blog posting day. Members discuss their insecurities, frustrations, and concerns on their blogs, and others visit to offer encouragement and advice. Often the kindness and words of wisdom have kept writers going when they were ready to give up. Friendships have been forged and critique partners established. Members have discovered solutions to their problems. Those who actively participate and visit others benefit and become a blessing to the group.
3 – A Facebook support group.
The IWSG is also on Facebook – www.facebook.com/groups/IWSG13/. Monitored by several of the website administrators, the Facebook group is a resource of encouragement and ideas. Members can ask questions and receive feedback. There are themes for certain days – Motivational Monday, Wow it’s Wednesday, Fun Friday, and Saturday News and Promo. It’s a great way to connect, find answers, and spread news. It’s a closed group to prevent spam, but writers can ask to join.
As the IWSG continues to grow, we’ll look at other options, such as Twitter and a newsletter.
If you’re an insecure writer, then join us! Connect on Facebook, join the blog group, or stop by the website. Trust me, there is no such thing as too insecure…
Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The author of Amazon bestsellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm, he lives in the Carolinas with his wife.
Website – http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/
Twitter – http://twitter.com/AlexJCavanaugh
Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4287922.Alex_J_Cavanaugh
IWSG – http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/