Welcome Readers and fellow Writers, to the July 2018 virtual meeting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Founded by author Alex Cavanaugh and comprised of writing members just like you (and me), featuring writing tips, resources, articles, contests and IWSG swag! See what we’re all talking about here and join us as we share our writing journeys.
*Normally we meet on the first Wednesday of every month, but as tomorrow is the 4th of July, many of us may be busy celebrating. Enjoy!
Regrettably, my word count has drastically dropped since my last post. I’m quite sure I am ineligible for the 500 Club – have you heard of it? 500 words per day. Easy, right? Clearly, I’ve had a little trouble staying on my writing course of late. But I have, however, pounded the lettering off of my 10-key. This too shall pass, as will any obstruction along your course as well – you’ll see!
As far as writing goals, all I ever wanted to do was write. Over time, three things occurred to me in route to my writing Polaris that have served as proverbial carrots; not only keeping my goals in sight but expanding them as well. #1: Much as I loved journaling, I discovered a tendency to tweak chronicles of tedium into missives of near-fantastical fiction – and I liked it! I liked it so much I wanted to share it. #2: Thanks to encouragement from casual readers, I wanted to be published. And #3: I had a lot to learn about the publishing industry. For instance, Traditional publication requires that you’re either extremely talented – or very fortunate, and even then, it’s not a given. Independent publication mandates ultimate ambition and an unwavering belief in yourself as a writer with the capacity to be your own Star.
By the way, if you haven’t yet read the IWSG Newsletter, I highly recommend it!
Are you a stargazer? You can see the roadmap to the Milky Way via the Summer Triangle in the eastern sky tonight!
Fun fact for Crime Writers: Although it is legally (and morally) forbidden for lawyers to offer counsel, clients sometimes seek advice before committing a crime.