Wednesday, 6 February 2019

IWSG February 2019

It's the first Wednesday of the month and that means it's time once again for the group posting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. It's a safe haven where we can share our fears and insecurities without fear of being judged. Hosted as ever by Ninja Cap'n Alex J. Cavanaugh, today's awesome co-hosts are Raimey GallantNatalie AguirreCV Grehan and Michelle Wallace!

My main insecurity right now is getting everything ready for my blog tour, which starts in - gulp - five days! I've been rather behind, but I'm getting there. One more guest post to write!

So what is this month's IWSG question? It's "Besides writing what other creative outlets do you have?"

Well, I've been focusing on writing for the longest time because when I get time to be creative that's my priority. When I was younger, though, I tried drawing, acting, and even songwriting (with pretty terrible results). Don't know if I'll ever get back to those, but you never know! I've definitely got ambitions to write something in the dramatic field, maybe for stage or screen.

So without further ado let's see what's happening with the IWSG right now.

The next IWSG anthology, Masquerade: Oddly Suited, (YA romance) will be released on April 30, 2019.

The authors are looking for blog tour hosts. If you can host a day and help spread the word about the anthology, sign up through Google Docs.

You can also pre-order either print or eBook: Barnes & Noble / Amazon / Dancing Lemur Press LLC
Print ISBN 9781939844644 $14.95
EBook ISBN 9781939844651 $4.99

Plus show your support and add Masquerade on Goodreads.

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This month’s WEP Challenge is 28 Days.

This prompt came up as a contest winner generated by the IWSG gang – we chose the winner from a whole bunch of creative ideas! Congratulations to long-time WEP participant, Toinette Thomas.

Incorporate 28 days in your entry. It can be the time limit for a task or a challenge. The quantum of growth, a journey, a change, and/or healing that happens in 28 days. Come in with a werewolf entry. Or don’t. Tell us about some other moon phase-based folklore instead. Fashion an epistolary flash as a series of 28 diary entries or postcards. Mainstream, fantasy, romance, travel – all wide open. A lot of things can happen in 28 days!

Sign up and post your entry on February 20.

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The IWSG Goodreads Book Club is changing things up!

5 Discussion Questions: We will pose 5 questions that you can answer about the book we’ve read as a group. You can answer one question or all five. It’s up to you.

Discussion Day Poll: Every discussion day, there will also be a poll that all members will get invited to answer. This is a great option to participate that is fast and simple.

Quiz: You can also help us create a Goodreads quiz for the book we’ve read.

Giveaways: Every Discussion Day, book club members will get a Goodreads message that will include the chance for members to enter a free Rafflecopter giveaway.

Freebies: When we announce the next reading selection, another Goodreads message will go out that’ll include a downloadable freebie, which could be anything.

Other Polls: We will also invite members to answer writing or reading related polls during our “down” months. One poll will be related to the book in some way.

We read a new book every other month, alternating between craft books and fictional books that demonstrate an aspect of writing. Members vote on our fictional books.

Join Here: IWSG Goodreads Book Club
Our February/March 2019 book is…
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
This book was voted on by our members as a good example of setting.
Discussion Day will be March 20th.

What other creative outlets do you have? Don't forget to check out more IWSG posts here.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You should try a screenplay some time, or write a stage play.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I actually wrote a one act play back in college. It was a different experience for me but an enjoyable one. :)

Good luck with the blog tour!

S.A. Larsenッ said...

I love your ambitions! You never know, right?

L. Diane Wolfe said...

You're like me - ambitions but no time to do them right now.

Natalie Aguirre said...

That's awesome that you want to write a screenplay or play. A community theater group might want to produce your play if they like it.

Rachna Chhabria said...

You should definitely go for writing a screenplay.

Chrys Fey said...

Good luck with your blog tour! And thank you so much for including the book club info in your post. :)

Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine said...

I got your email the other day about your blog tour and had my own moment of panic because I had posts scheduled this week already and freaked out about how to squeeze you in. Then you said you were guesting at the end of the month and I was like, 'whew.' LOL

Melissa said...

Wow. You and IWSG have been BUSY!
Best of luck!

Liz A. said...

All sorts of writing. Cool.

cleemckenzie said...

You know about acting and you know about writing. I see a combination of skills that might just add up to a screenplay.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Writing for stage or screen sounds exciting and intimidating to me. Go for it.

C.D. Gallant-King said...

I suspect my writing creativity will turn to a play one of these days. My background is in theatre so it's bound to happen eventually.

Carrie-Anne said...

Good luck on writing a screenplay! I tried writing a few plays when I was a lot younger, though I don't think I finished any of them.

Stephen Tremp said...

Nick, I just signed up to be a guest host for the blog tour. And best wishes on your screenplay being a smashing success!

Denise Covey said...

It's a busy little writing world we live in, eh Nick? Always too much happening, but all creative. I wish you well on your blog tour.

Lee Lowery said...

Based on the comments, it looks like you should squeeze screenwriting into your "free time." Seriously, congrats on the blog tour - it will be a busy, but exciting time!

Lynda R Young said...

I briefly tried acting too... it wasn't pretty ;)
Best wishes for your blog tour

Diane Burton said...

Good luck with your blog tour, Nick. I'm one of your stops and am looking forward to it. I know what you mean about not having time to take on any other creative endeavor. Writing takes all my creativity.

Gina Gao said...

This sounds really awesome. Thank you for sharing!

Jennifer Hawes said...

THere's nothing wrong with focusing on writing! I just happen to have more time to read now that I'm a librarian. But if I didn't have that job, writing would be it for me!

J Lenni Dorner said...

I hope you have a wonderful book tour! I'm in one that I'm also running right now. It's a lot more work than people think, but so worth it! A great way to grow your community and really connect with readers.

Lynda Dietz said...

Gosh, I'd better get some time for pleasure reading soon! I read the prequel to Black & White, and I have B&W on my Kindle app but haven't gotten time to read it . . . and you've written another entire book in the meantime! Go, you!

Heather R. Holden said...

Oh, how exciting about the blog tour! Best of luck with it!

Sandra Cox said...

It is hard to have a life, write, and toss in other creative outlets isn't it?
Writing takes up such a chunk of time.

Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

Good luck with your blog tour! You can take a breather when it's all done :-)

Ronel visiting for Feb's IWSG Day Being an Insecure Writer -- And Happy About It