IWSG Anniversary & Compilation

Wednesday, September 3, 2014



It's that time again when we share our insecurities and support each other through those writing blahs. Do ensure you visit writers you haven't visited before and offer support in the IWSG spirit.

To join the group, click through to this link and sign up. Posting is on the first Wednesday of every month. Try to visit as may new blogs as possible to spread some cheer and encouragement.

A Special Announcement

Today marks three years since the very first IWSG post. Next month marks one year since the IWSG site and Facebook group opened. And we’d like you to help us celebrate!

The IWSG Team is putting together an eBook that will benefit all writers - The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond. And we invite all IWSG members, Facebook members, and followers to contribute.

Here are the details:

The three topics will be writing, publishing, and marketing.

Each contribution needs to be between 200 and 1000 words. Focus on one of those three aspects and give us your best tip or procedure. The essay can include bullet points, top ten lists, and recommendations. (Websites, software, books, etc.)

You can either post it for your October 1 IWSG post or email it directly to TheIWSG@gmail.com or alexjcavanaugh@earthlink.net (Since the length can go over the standard IWSG post length.) Include a one sentence byline and a link to your site. Also state that you give us permission to use it in the book and which topic it falls under. (We will only edit for misspellings and grammar mistakes.)

All submissions need to be sent or posted by October 2, 2014. We will compile them into an eBook and aim for an early December release. The book will be free and available for all eReaders.

Thank you for making the IWSG such a huge success!!

http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/IWSG13/


As to my own insecurity, I've realized that although I've cut back on my working hours, I'm still not putting enough time into my writing. My aim for September is to be more focused and get more done. What plans do you have for September to keep the writing going?

27 comments:

  1. Really excited about our book project!!!

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  2. That book cover is really eye-catching!
    I also need to put more time into my writing/editing...
    Happy IWSG Day!

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  3. Devoting specific time to writing is always hard. You think you'll do it if... Then other things clamor for attention. Sometimes, you have to ignore them and write. Other times, well, you know what happens. Life.
    Play off the Page

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  4. I really love this idea. I've read a bunch of books on publishing by single authors, but I think that if we can all combine what we've learned and what we have to share, I think this will be the heck of a book with lots of resources and tips for all authors. Can't wait !

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  5. The book sounds awesome! One of my goals for September is to focus more on writing, too. I quit my job three months ago so I could work on writing more, and I feel like I haven't gotten much done.

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  6. Sounds like a great project indeed JL :) have a great Wednesday.

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  7. I'm hoping I have something worth adding to the compilation. This will be a challenge for sure! I plan on having some time to really think and process after finishing the current wip! Then see where I go next...

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  8. The book project sounds great. Plans for writing? Just do it. (Sorry, Nike.) BIC HOK (butt in chair, hands on keyboard).

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  9. I'm cutting back in September so I can finish my current book.

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  10. I have the opposite problem; my work hours have increased so I'm finding it difficult to find time to write, although somehow I've managed to get more writing done than I did when I was working less. Maybe it's something to do with motivation?

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  11. I'm with you! Even cutting back my blogging time, I still don't seem to keep my butt in the chair any longer. Fingers crossed for both of us. :)

    ElsieI

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  12. I plan to get more focused on my writing as well. Late October onwards I'll be busy with covers because I signed up with a cover artist with a long booking list. But her covers are amazing so the wait is worth it. All the best with your writing and life outside it Joy and thank you for your touching words over at my blog.
    IWSG Co-Host

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  13. A fabulous idea for an IWSG celebration! I hear ya on dedicating more time to writing. Before I know it, the day's more than halfway over and I haven't written nearly enough!

    A Movement of Hope

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  14. I talked about my plans on my post today. Mostly tactics to help me focus.

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  15. Wow, I can't believe it has been three years. I love the idea of the IWSG e-book. Fantastic. Can't wait to read it.

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  16. Yay for the IWSG anniversary!!
    May you find your focus again, Joy.

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  17. The book idea is being greeted with lots of excitement. Three years? Whew.

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  18. Hi JL! I'm loving this book idea. How exciting! I've been traveling a lot, so I'm really happy to be home in September. I'm focusing on settling into a regular writing schedule. The IWSG is really a wonderful group. I'm so glad that I found it. Happy writing to you!

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  19. Good luck with your goal. I also need to focus back on writing. I want to write something each day, even if it's just for 20 minutes.

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  20. I can't believe it's three years old. How time flies! Next thing you'll say is that I've been writing blogs for three years...holy cow...it has been three years!

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  21. Writing keeps taking a back seat in my life right now. Here's to not letting that happen to you.

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  22. So amazing that it's three years old . . . and I forgot to post anything about that. Yikes. Looking forward to a month of school work and writing.
    Happy writing and life!

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  23. I've shared about this book and have been trying to come up with come thing. Umm!

    shahwharton.com

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  24. Congrats on three years and you'll hit your stride soon enough Joy.

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