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The IWSG Has Unfounded Confidence in Me in 2024

It’s the first Wednesday of the very first month of 2024 (2024, HOW?!). So it must be time for us Insecure Writers to shine! More specifically, it’s time for the support of our fellow IWSG members to lend us a temporary sheen of confidence. It’s like an all-purpose glitter bath for the soul, and you can sign up for it yourself here. As always, members have volunteered to keep us all on track with our posts and comments. This month, we…

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The Insecure Writer’s Group Dreams of Electric Sheep. And Androids.

Welcome back! After some blog glitching last month (sorry) we are back and rolling for the 1st Saturday of the month and Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. To sign up for the group yourself and experience the support, click on over here. Our trusty co-hosts for today’s adventure are Natalie Aguirre, Kim Lajevardi, Debs Carey, Gwen Gardner, Patricia Josephine, and Rebecca Douglass! Say thank you by visiting their site and leaving them a comment or two. The question for this month seems very pertinent to recent…

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Yet Another Slang List for your Author Toolbox (2023 edition)

And we’re back! A general slang dictionary for the 2000s (containing such elemental online basics as NSFW and gif) can be found for your delighted perusal here. And an updated version (from 2020, containing words like yeet, and already outdated! Isn’t it fun how that works) can be found for you here. The internet moves faster than the speed of light. What was cool to say in 2020 has now evolved like the Tuatara lizard. I fully expect this list…

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Dreaming of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group

It is that time of the month again! Come join us insecure writers as we forge a path towards our dreams. The main point of the group is to connect, reassure, and support your author journey, no matter what it looks like. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month. Come on in! The co-hosts we should offer our thanks to for July are PJ Colando, Kim Lajevardi, Gwen Gardner, Pat Garcia, and Natalie Aguirre! Go check in on their comment sections and add…

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The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Puts up a Stop Sign

It’s the first Wednesday of June, which means it’s that time again! Come experience the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and all of the unbridled enthusiasm we have to offer. We’re also online with the tag #IWSG or @IWSG Our co-hosts this month, keeping us all on track, are the wonderful Patrcia Josephine, Diedre Knight, Olga Godim, J. Lenni Dorner, and Cathrina Constantine! And the question for June 7th is If you ever did stop writing, what would you replace it with? *Gasp* Stop writing? What would…

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The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Inspires Us

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, and that means we can let our insecure author flags fly freely in the wind. That wind rushing by? It’s the sound of our egos, deflating. The IWSG meets once a month on Wednesday to share tips, encouragement, and inflate those egos back up some. Come join! Each month there are co-hosts who keep us on track. This month we thank Joylene Nowell Butler, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Meka James (Hi Meka!), Victoria Marie Lees, and M Louise…

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Breaking Down a Romance Plot

For this post, let’s break down a well known romance plot to see where the story beats are going. This is an exercise I’d really recommend for authors of any genre. Take your favorite story, or movie, and break it down to see how they made everything work. You’ll be surprised how much it helps you break down your own story! And yes, this is the movie I’m turning into plot points, but it still translates to novel form. Beauty…

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