Welcome to the August 2019 edition of Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group #IWSG. We get together the first Wednesday of every month to post our thoughts, fears, or words of encouragement for fellow writers. Our purpose at IWSG is to share and encourage. Writers 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!
Click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out.
I am honored to be a co-host this month along with awesome IWSG co-hosts:
Renee Scattergood http://reneescattergood.com/
L.G. Keltner http://lgkeltner.blogspot.com/
Tamara Narayan http://www.tamaranarayan.com/
Jacqui Murray https://worddreams.wordpress.com/
Sadira Stone http://sadirastone.com/
Please go by their blogs and thank them for co-hosting this month!
One more housekeeping note: Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.
The August question: Has your writing ever taken you by surprise?
I guess the most surprising thing about my writing is how it won’t let go of me. If I don’t write, I feel out of sorts. When I walk the dog, I’m thinking about plotting. As I finish one book, I’m already planning the next. In my head, it’s a Best Seller–the blockbuster breakthrough. Even when it ends up an also-ran, I keep writing.
The Navy SEALs say you have to get comfortable being uncomfortable. If that’s writing when I know I might be wasting my time, spending hours on a book that won’t pay for itself, or knowing my writerly day has no emergency break, I’m there.
Words can’t express how much I don’t care about any of that. I’m a writer.
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, The Quest for Home, Fall 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning