IWSG – June 2024 – Appreciation

Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh created IWSG — because Alex understands we need a place to congregate, insecurity is part of our creative nature, and together we’re stronger.

On the first Wednesday of each month, you can write on any subject related to your writing journey or adopt the option of answering the month’s question. Either way, you’re in safe territory.

If this sounds good to you, sign up here.

IWSG’s Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and the hashtag is #IWSG.

Every month, a specific question is offered, which may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or a story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you struggle with something to say.

Remember, the question is optional!

June 5 question – In this constantly evolving industry, what kind of offering/service do you think the IWSG should consider offering to members?

The awesome co-hosts for the June 5 posting of the IWSG are Liza at Middle Passages, Shannon Lawrence, Melissa Maygrove, and Olga Godim!

Be sure to visit the
Insecure Writer’s Support Group Website!!!



I’m not sure when I joined the Insecure Writers Support Group. Mid-2008 (I think) when my first novel was released. After searching for almost 10 years for a place where I could belong. I liked IWSG immediately. I was encouraged to share my insecurities without fear of ridicule, and that was a huge game-changer.

Here at IWSG, I’ve developed lifelong friendships with members from across the globe. The world really is a much smaller and friendlier place.

So, in answer to this month’s question: What kind of offering/service do (I) think the IWSG should consider offering to members in this constantly evolving industry?… 

I’m probably not the writer to ask.

The friendships here at IWSG mean more than I can say. Listening and chatting with other members has filled a void that used to haunt me. If I have questions related to writing or marketing, I can search the internet; but where else can I link up with like-minded people who continue to support, encourage, and make me proud to be a writer?

Years ago my mother gave me a pullover/jumper with the caption: “I’m a writer; my mother’s other children are normal.” I still have that pullover. (LOL) No, that’s not my quirky way of suggesting you’re all abnormal. I appreciate our differences and commonalities, and more.

Thank you, Alex, for creating IWSG. It’s a blessing being a member.

Happy Wednesday, everyone.


I’m grateful that this particular deer finds comfort resting on our property. I haven’t seen her for a few days which could mean she’s had her fawn somewhere deep in the woods.

Comments 16

  1. That deer is a dear.

    I’ve been a member of IWSG for over a decade, and I agree, I’ve made some of my best writer friends through this group, and that is something to be thankful for.

  2. What a lovely deer! Yes, I know what you mean about IWSG. Everyone was so warm and encouraging from the start.

  3. I feel just like you about the IWSG, Joylene, and you are one of the special friends I’ve made. I love the photo of the deer, btw. Wishing you a happy and creative June, my friend! Hugs to you!

  4. I have a few of the same lawn ornaments outside, too. hehehe

    I like IWSG the way it is. To help them expand, I’ve mentioned the group to a few writers, but they need to slide into insecurity before they think about joining. Some of us are too strong.

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  5. I love the slogan on your old pullover. Made me laugh. It’s true though – all of us, writers are crazy in a certain way. Just look at our internet search history, especially by mystery writers.
    Wonderful photo of that deer.

  6. Hi,
    I feel the same way about IWSG. I am a part of the family, and I really do think that IWSG offers more than enough already.
    Take care and have a lovely day.
    Shalom shalom

  7. Connecting with you changed my writing path forever. You showed me where to breathe life into my writing. I’m grateful for our friendship.
    Thank you for introducing me IWSG back in 2015.

    I’m sending good thoughts to the mommy deer. Hopefully, we’ll see pictures of the dawn when the time is right.

  8. Love the deer. Years ago, early summer, when I was ,just sixteen, I lay in the bracken for hours, unseen, but probably the fawn’s mother could see, and smell me, no danger to her or her baby.
    Now ? I’d freak about ticks …

    Insecure ? Told I wasn’t a writer, I remember how painful that felt, and wondered, too, why I still wanted to write. Writers still, I suspect, have to deal with the old ‘ vanity’ slur that never applied to artists or musicians.

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