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#IWSG March 2023: Author Envy

Updated: Apr 28, 2023

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! Let’s rock the neurotic writing world! Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

The awesome co-hosts for the March 1 posting of the IWSG are Diedre Knight, Tonya Drecker, Bish Denham, Olga Godim, and JQ Rose!

The following link will allow you to peruse everyone in the Blog Hop.


March 1 question - Have you ever read a line in novel or a clever plot twist that caused you to have author envy?


Hello, friends!

Wow! It's March already. I think I'm going to be consistently amazed by the passage of time this year.

It's not been the best end to the month. We had a fantastic choral concert on the which someone in the choir brought an unwanted guest: Covid.

And I was one of the *lucky* ones to get to take that guest home with me!

All in all, after an antiviral treatment, I'm feeling alright about a week after my diagnosis. Just extremely exhausted at the most random times.

That being said, I got knocked way off my writing goals (and other goals) due to being sick.

I did not make it to THE END, but I did make it to 80k.

So, yay?

I am so happy that I managed to write another 10k in February. This is my best writing streak in probably a decade. However, what I did not expect was that I would hit 80k and my book would still. be. going.

C'mon, characters! Wrap it up already!



I did manage to get rolling on one of my other goals for the year. I'm hosting Writing & Productivity Sprints on Twitch!

Purple background with a couple hearts. Text: Writing & Productivity Sprints on Twitch, Wednesdays 8-11pm Easter, Fridays 1-4pm Eastern,

This is something I've been able to do during NaNoWriMo months that's been really helpful for myself and my writing friends, and I've been wanting to get weekly sprints going. I was finally able to get started two weeks ago on Friday afternoons, and it's been great so far!

So great that I'm trying out Wednesday evenings, starting tonight!

Join me on Twitch for Writing Sprints from 8-11pm EST on Wednesdays and/or 1-4pm EST on Fridays! It's not specific to writing, although that's what I'll be doing. You can write, edit, plot, art, create, do the day job, or focus on something else entirely during that time.

I mostly run 20 minute sprints with 5-10 minute breaks in-between. My mic is off during the sprints and we chat during the breaks. You can watching without a Twitch account, but you can't chat with me if you don't have an account.

So that's exciting! I'm glad to finally get that goal off the ground and am looking forward to seeing where a whole month of hosting sprints twice a week takes me this month!

Although, I wont be hosting on Friday, March 10th, because I'll be on my way to the SAGA Genre Writer's Conference in Winston-Salem and I'm super stoked! I haven't been to a con since ConCarolinas in 2021. I went to the first SAGA conference in 2020, a couple weeks before Covid shut everything down, and it was amazing. I can't wait to see some of my friends and meet new writers and just have a blast!

Alright, now to the question for this month about author envy. Have you ever read a line in a novel or a clever plot twist that gave you author envy?

You know, honestly, I'm sure I have. But I remember movies so much better than books, as far as specifics. I think I'm more of a visual person in that regard. And I've not read a lot these last few years because of being in school, so any amazing things I might've read are long filed away in the back of my brain.

I do enjoy a good plot twist. No spoilers, but some of my favorite movies with cool plot twists are things like The Usual Suspects, Fight Club (which I recognize is also a book but I haven't read it), Se7en, for example. Sometimes I think it's so much more difficult to pull off cool plot twists like that in a book, having to put up red herrings or get the big reveal at just the right moment. In screenwriting, at least you can visually deceive your audience.

Turning that visual deception into words though...anyone who can write a great mystery (whether it's in the genre or not) that truly has me guessing until the end of the book, has my envy.

Thanks for stopping by and let me know in the comments who you envy! Always looking for some good book suggestions, so no spoilers please.

For now,

Rosie J.

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