#IWSG December

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!

December Question

This month’s optional question:

In your writing, what stresses you the most? What delights you?


The awesome co-hosts for the December 1 posting of the IWSG are PJ Colando, Diane Burton, Louise – Fundy Blue, Natalie Aguirre, and Jacqui Murray!

In my writing, what stresses me most changes frequently. The schedule and not being able to get enough writing time in during the week before work can sometimes be stressful.

Everything delights me with the act of writing. It is my happy place. It is when I was focusing too much on the stuff surrounding being a writer that I was distracted.

The activities that surround writing like promotion are what has stressed me so for most circumstances I have ceased public writing for the moment. I just need the break of all the things I think a writer “should” do.

#happyreading #happywriting

4 thoughts on “#IWSG December

  1. Marketing and promotion stress me out, too. I try to remind myself that selling books will ultimately give me more time for writing. At least that’s the theory. But there’s no shame in taking a break from that stuff if you need to.

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  2. Writing is the least of my worries. It’s the whole getting your name out there, marketing yourself, and gaining a following of people who will be interested in buying your book. Editing can be annoying but there are people I can hire for that.

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  3. I think being judged for my writing is what stresses me most because I’ve never “fit in” exactly to any mold – and do not expect to as a writer, either. However, writing has become such a part of who I am, I continue to do it and derive joy from the act itself. I know (or, try to remember, that every piece will NOT be perfect and some will even fail to get my point across), but still, I write because of the joy of putting my words down. Marketing and promotion are pieces that I am just starting to explore and am sure that will cause me some (and maybe, a lot) of stress. Thanks for the thought-provoking questions!

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  4. Your post really resonated with me. I’m getting ready for another round of querying, so I’m having to deal with the marketing side, and it drives me nuts. I have zero training or skill in marketing, so I get frustrated and cranky and wonder why I can’t just write and let the professionals deal with the rest, but of course it doesn’t work that way. *sigh*

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