Wednesday, 7 August 2019

IWSG August 2019

It's the first Wednesday of the month and, as ever, that means it's time for the monthly posting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group! If you don't know about the group, it offers a safe haven where writers can post about their fears and insecurities without fear of being judged. For fun, there's an optional question to answer each month. Backing up our host and ninja captain Alex J. Cavanaugh this time round are Renee ScattergoodSadira StoneJacqui MurrayTamara Narayan and LG Keltner!


In terms of insecurities, I could be feeling insecure because I haven't made much headway with writing this year, but I'm feeling quite inspired. I just returned from Austin, Texas where I accompanied my wife on a business trip. It was great to soak up the hot weather and the Texan culture, but I was also impressed by many of the speakers at the convention who had all achieved amazing things in various fields. The talks were to do with motivation and empowerment so I hope to apply some of what I learned. I'm also going to post and share more about my wife's business because it's a great opportunity that anyone can join and make a career with.

Let's check out what's happening with IWSG this month - as usual, it's a lot!

Less than a month left to enter this year's IWSG Anthology Contest! We'd love to see lots more entries on the theme of voyagers and in the genre of middle grade historical (either adventure or fantasy). See the IWSG site for full details.








Don't forget our next Twitter Pitch event takes place in January. Deals have been struck and books published on the back of a tweet, so get yours polished up and ready now! See here for details.






The next WEP + IWSG collaborative writing event takes place on Aug 21-23, this time with the theme of "Red Wheelbarrow". Why not join in this fun and exciting challenge if you haven't already? Check out this post for more.








Instagrammers can follow along with this month's IWSG Instagram events by following our official account.










Finally, it would be remiss of me not to introduce the newest addition to the IWSG admin team. Please give a big hand for Juneta Key!

Juneta Key writes SPECULATIVE FICTION, and loves fantasy and all its subgenres, the paranormal, mythological and space opera. In 2019, she entered into a partnership with another Indie author as co-owner of Stormdance Publications, to create fun, quality themed anthologies, especially about grumpy old gods. She’s one of seven founders of the Storytime Quarterly Blog Hop founded in 2015.

Interested in the Anthology Contest or Twitter Pitch? How does the WEP challenge grab you? You can find many more IWSG posts, as always, by checking out the sign-up page here.

26 comments:

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

It sounds like a fun and inspiring trip, Nick. Glad to hear it went so well!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

All the way to our neck of the woods! Sounds inspiring.

Sadira Stone said...

Sounds like a good trip. I'm curious now about your wife's field. I wish you happy writing in August. I'm too busy with my WIP to take on side projects--but that's a good thing, right?

Rachna Chhabria said...

Sounds like you and your wife had a great time in Austin.

Em-Musing said...

So nice that you and your wife travel together and that you support her work. Do share what business she is in. And my daughter lives in Texas. Love that souther culture.

Patricia Josephine said...

Sounds like you had a great trip.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

How awesome that you got to go to Texas. It's on my bucket list. I'd like to go there.

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Nice! Soaking up sun is always relaxing, well, until it too much sun and it's over 100. ;)

Loni Townsend said...

Woot on getting to travel! I hope you're able to use the motivation information you got at the conference. :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

That's so great that the conference inspired you and gave you tools to stay motivated.

lostinimaginaryworlds.blogspot.com said...

I could do with some of that motivation, Nick. The nearest I can get to such a thing, because of my circumstances, if the IWSG, so very pleased it is here to support people like me. Kind regards, Carole.

Sarah Foster said...

Glad the trip left you feeling inspired! I could definitely use some motivation.

Liz A. said...

I hear good things about Austin, but it's in Texas... At this time of year... Glad you had a good trip.

dolorah said...

Well, that was a writing surprise, lol.

Diane Burton said...

Sounds like you found inspiration and motivation for your writing. Great. I can't believe you enjoyed the Texas heat. lol We were broiling up here in Michigan for the past few weeks. Still, glad you had a safe trip home.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Juneta is a great addition. Glad you had the chance to visit Texas. Look forward to you sharing what inspired you.

Juneta key said...

Texas is my home state, Dallas area. Glad you enjoyed it. I miss it. Happy IWSG.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Nick - hey ... how wonderful you had your trip over to Texas ... I've yet to visit there ... bet it was interesting! Glad you are now full of inspiration ... so you'll be able to plan various stories ... take care and enjoy being home - cheers Hilary

Liza said...

Sounds like the trip was the kind of thing that will help spur the creative juices! Good for you!

Lynda R Young said...

Sometimes life takes precedence over writing.

Nick Wilford said...

There's a lot to be said for the minimalist book, I vote for that with a suitably eyecatching, creepy font. Hope you get more time for writing soon.

Powdered Toast Man said...

Red Wheelbarrow is my safe word.

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cleemckenzie said...

Austin is a great city. Did you get to see the bats down by the river? That is a treat. I always come away from conferences and conventions energized. There are such great speakers to inspire others.

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