Insecure Writers? Unite!

24, Feb 2014 by Guest Post">Guest Post in Featured,Resources and Links,Writing Life       25 Comment

Critque Groups can be a Blessing and a Curse

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 – – 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 – 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.

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25 thoughts on “Insecure Writers? Unite!”

  1. Jay, glad you joined us.

    Michelle, well said!

  2. It’s been fabulous being a part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group all these years. And it’s been heartening to see it grow into something even bigger and even more special.

  3. Hi, Alex & Lori,
    The support factor at IWSG is wonderful, so is the information housed on the site.

  4. Julie Musil says:

    IWSG was such a brilliant idea! I love the simplicity of it. Just bare your soul and be there for others who bare their souls. It’s a comforting thing.

  5. IWSG is pure genius. A place for writers to share their insecurities, triumphs and love for writing.

  6. The IWSG, and its members are one of the reasons I pushed through many writerly hardships over the past two years. The support in the group is phenomenal, sometimes otherworldly. Seriously. Over the past couple of months, I decided to cut way back on my blogging so that I could do some serious writing. I chose to only blog once a month, on the IWSG day. Keeping up with my fellow IWSG members is an important part of my writing mojo. Support, talent, information, friendship… the benefits are endless. Check it out. 🙂

  7. Julie, that’s it!

    Candilynn, so glad it has helped you.

  8. I’ve watched IWSG grow and grow. So glad I joined. It’s helped be through some rough patches.

  9. Tyrean says:

    IWSG has been a great place and way to connect with other writers. It’s great to know that we aren’t alone on this writing journey.

  10. Lee and Tyrean, glad you are a part of it!

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