We need IWSG

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
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On this Wednesday, the first in 2018, instead of venting my frustration and insecurities, I want to thank IWSG and its creator, Alex Cavanaugh, for coming up with this wonderful idea and opening up his website to all our uncertainties, to allow us to vent our resentment and chagrin in public. He even encourages it.

As a rule, our society doesn’t approve of whining or complaining. Behaving in a socially acceptable way means hiding our inner pain, camouflaging our self-doubts, and replying to any inquiry with a perky: “Fine, thank you.”

Alex went against this norm. His courage in pushing us all into acknowledging our fears and disgruntlement liberated us. Yes, not everything is status quo. Yes, we face problems in our writing lives. We talk about them once a month, and then we plod on regardless, despite the rejections, the lack of writing time, the writer’s block and many other ills besieging a writer.

To keep on writing, we need to purge our souls of bitterness first, to say what’s bothering us. We need to hear our peers’ understanding, see their comments, read their commiserating or cheering thoughts, before we could move forward. Alex made it possible.

Thanks, Alex.

 

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22 Responses to We need IWSG

  1. Thanks indeed! And thanks to you, Olga, for reminding us of the spirit of IWSG. May 2018 bring you good writing, good times, good health, good fortune.

  2. Well said, Olga. I’ve met so many great people through IWSG. Just to be able to share my insecurities in random writers’ comments is enough to rejuvenate me some months. http://www.raimeygallant.com

  3. And thank you! I appreciate the kind words. I may have started it, but it takes other insecure writers who are willing to share as well. Thank you for being one of them. You rock!

  4. Thanks, Olga, that’s a great reminder! I love the folks I’ve met via the IWSG and the writing challenges that have resulted! Amazing, yes, thank you, Alex!
    Happy 2018 everyone!

  5. Yes, Olga. I really value this group and am grateful that Alex started it. I’ve made lots of new friends here. Happy New Year!

  6. Donna Hole says:

    Absolutely; well said Olga. It is good to have a place to put our fears, failures and frustrations as well as the accomplishments and hopes.

    I hope 2018 has more accomplishments than set backs this year Olga. And thanks for all the work you do at WEP too.

  7. Very well said! I love the community that Alex has created and the wonderful people I’ve met through it who encourage us to battle through our writing insecurities. Happy New Year!

  8. Kathy says:

    I agree with all of this! I’m so grateful to have found IWSG and to have connected with other like-minded folks who are down in the trenches trying to make a go of writing. So much moral support has come my way via the group. Thanks for the post, and happy writing to you. (Also, Happy 2018!)

  9. patgarcia says:

    I am so with you on this recognition. It has taken lots of time, nerves, and courage, but Alex has assembled together a very supportive community. I’m proud of him.
    Wishing you also the very best in all that you undertake to do in 2018, Olga.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G

  10. Loni Townsend says:

    Yes, Thank you Alex! IWSG is a blessing.

  11. spunkonastick says:

    We need to stop pretending and get real. This group helps us do that.

  12. Juneta says:

    Alex has created a wonderful community. Geat post and words. Wising you a successful and joyful 2018.
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

  13. jenlanebooks says:

    Well said, Olga! This support group is awesome. It’s my first month co-hosting and it’s been so fun to bop around to different blogs and meet the vast variety of writers out there. We are a quirky bunch with a lot of encouragement for each other. Thank you, Alex!

  14. cgcoppola says:

    I agree! I’ve fallen in love with this group and made some amazing writer friends! I didn’t know there were other people who felt the same as I do. Now I feel liberated. Thanks, Alex!

  15. Misha says:

    I find it invaluable to be able to talk about things I’m struggling with to people I know will understand.
    Too often, that’s no an option offline.

  16. Hear, hear! It is wonderful to let down our hair and tell it like it really is from time to time.

  17. Gwen Gardner says:

    Everybody needs support and encouragement and it’s wonderful to be able to talk about the writing life with like-minded people who get it.

    Happy New Year, Olga!

  18. mlouisebarbourfundyblue says:

    Thanks for this post, Olga! I really appreciate all that Alex and the administrators have done and continue to do to make the IWSG a wonderful group. And thanks to fellow members who take the time to visit, read, and respond to our posts; this has meant a great deal to me over the years that I have been a member. Wishing you all the best in the new year!

  19. I’ll second that! I think this is the single best writers group I’ve had the privilege of working with. (Second only to my critique group.)

  20. Wonderful tribute! Thanks, Alex!

  21. jmh says:

    Well said, Olga. It’s a great group, and it’s so wonderful to be able to take off our social masks once a month and admit that this industry kicks our butts sometimes.

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