I don't always share all the news and background of IWSG, but since I'm a co-host this month, I thought I should put it all out there - directly from the IWSG website, which I highly recommend for every author!
The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a home for writers in all stages; from unpublished to bestsellers. Our goal is to offer assistance and guidance. We want to help writers overcome their insecurities, and by offering encouragement we are creating a community of support.
HOW IT BEGAN:
Alex J. Cavanaugh, the founder, noticed a lot of blog posts from writers mentioning their doubts, concerns, and lack of confidence. He also saw the positive replies they received and realized that the writing community offered an abundance of support. Writers want to see other writers succeed, which is how he came up with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. This group would act as a form of therapy, letting writers post about situations where they need encouragement, or to offer words of encouragement to others if they have experience.
On September 7, 2011, Alex launched the monthly blog posting of the IWSG and it has been going strong ever since
My own testimonial for IWSG: I have found the most encouragement and support from this group of writers.
Each month, you all make my writing life awesome! Thank you!!!
Voting has opened for the genre of the 2016 IWSG Anthology!
IWSG has a new monthly feature: a question prompt for the month!
This month's question: What's the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?
This is actually a tough question to answer.
It made me realize just how awesome my support system is.
I'm super blessed to have some amazingly supportive family members.
I've received a few fan e-mails and twitter messages - which is just crazy amazing.
I've even had editors of magazines say super sweet things about my writing.
And, I've had some awesome reviews of my books - some by bloggers from this community.
In fact, when I really thought about it, I wanted to cry a little and give you all a ginormous hug! (that's giant and enormous in one word - I have teen daughters)
But, I'm going to take a trip back into memory lane for a particular answer to this question.
My husband once said to me, "When one of your books goes to the bestseller lists and makes millions . . . (enter in dreams of fancy sports cars, travel, etc) "
And, I thought he might be joking, but he was serious.
He still thinks that my writing deserves that much success.
And, I'm just blown away by that.
Sure, I had teachers and school friends who thought I had "potential," but my husband simply "knows" that something I write is going to be successful. He doesn't say "maybe" or "someday" or "when you get your marketing act together," he says he "knows" one of my books will "make it."
I hope that each of you has someone who believes in your writing like that.