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#IWSG – Insecure Writer’s Support Group

Updated: Oct 12, 2022

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!

Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG

The awesome co-hosts for the August 2 posting of the IWSG are Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG Keltner!

Click here to view everyone in the Blog Hop


Hello and welcome! This is my first posting in the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Blog Hop! I found the group last week during the IWSGPit Pitch Party. Although I did not Pitch during the Pitch Party, I enjoyed following the hashtag and reading all of the awesome pitches! It’s so hard not to Like the tweets during Pitch Parties!

I hope that I have attached everything in the blog that was supposed to be! Please, other IWSG peeps, let me know if I missed something!

I am sorry for getting it posted so late in the day. I ended up at school running registration yesterday and today, and it took a lot out of me!  So here it is, late, but here!

The August 2 Optional Question is:  “What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?:

Pet Peeves when reading….TYPOS. This is more prevalent in self-published work, and I think a lot of self-publishing has gotten a bad rep because of missed typos. If I’m reading something that’s really good, and then suddenly there’s a glaring typo, it pulls me right out of the story.

Pet Peeves when writing…really, what isn’t a pet peeve when writing. Being interrupted while writing. Having to go to work when an awesome scene is stuck in my head. Getting ideas when I can’t write them down. The biggest one, however, is probably my INNER EDITOR. Somehow, it’s so easy to quell this part of my brain during NaNoWriMo, but the rest of the year? Forget it. I can write an entire novel in a month–or sometimes two if I finished the manuscript across two NaNo events–but if I try it without the support and excitement of NaNo, I get hung up on going back, re-reading, editing,..and then I get nowhere because I can’t shut my editor up!

Pet Peeves when editing…when I type in -ly into the “find and replace” and my manuscript lights up with ADVERBS. They’re so easy to sneak in, and most of the time there is a better alternative…I tend to let them hang around in dialogue, but try to kill the adverbs in prose. I think editing itself is a pet peeve. I. Hate. Editing. I made the comment to someone the other day that I wished I could just hand my finished manuscript to a ghost writer and tell them to fix it. Part of this may stem from the fact that I am a pantser, and hate planning, so by the time I get to editing I need to actually plan things out. It’s just not as fun as the initial writing part.

So, drop a comment. What are your pet peeves when reading, writing, or editing?

For now,

Rosie J.

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