It’s time for the September posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. To join the group, click here. We post the first Wednesday of every month and use the opportunity to find a new blogs to visit and encourage other writers.
Co-hosting today are Julie Flanders, Murees Dupé, Dolorah at Book Lover, Christine Rains, and Heather Gardner
We're celebrating a landmark in that it's now four years since the group began and two years since the website went live. So we're celebrating with an offer that's too good t pass up. Drum roll please …
The IWSG Short Story Contest 2015
After the success of last year’s IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond, we decided to create another book. This time it’s a short story competition with the top ten stories getting published in an anthology. (Authors will also receive royalties on sales.)
The stories will be judged by a distinguished panel, so hop over to the IWSG site and get all the details. Remember to spread the word!
Today, I'll share something I left on my Facebook page a couple of days ago. I hope the words encourage you, if you have a need.
My best advice to writers starting their journey has always been to learn the craft of writing. After that, write the best book you can, every single time. No one will ever write a story that everybody gets. I've won awards with stories that readers have since rated as drivel, but whatever we write needs to be enough so that the readers who get it will want to read something else we've written.
There is no magic formula for a best-seller, or any such thing as overnight success. The words we continually string together for the love of the craft, even for a miniscule audience, is preparing us for greater things in the future if we pursue what we love with passion and perseverance. #UnswervingPerseverance #KeyToSuccess
Hope you're feeling the strength to persevere and that you're planing to enter the contest or tackle some other challenge.