IWSG Wednesday

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting! Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post. And please be sure your avatar links back to your blog! Otherwise, when you leave a comment, people can't find you to comment back.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Remember, the question is optional!

August 5 question - Quote: "Although I have written a short story collection, the form found me and not the other way around. Don't write short stories, novels or poems. Just write your truth and your stories will mold into the shapes they need to be."
Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn't planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?

The awesome co-hosts for the August 5 posting of the IWSG are Susan Baury Rouchard, Nancy Gideon, Jennifer Lane, Jennifer Hawes, Chemist Ken, and Chrys Fey!

Hey Guys, 

I hope you are doing great! I've had an interesting month as I lost the notebook where I wrote down my plots, character sketches, and world building. Lost it and I can't find it. Have you ever done that?

So I got to try several different writing programs with the goal to keep all my stuff in one spot. I tried the new Papyrus Author. It was a beautiful program but to get the most out of it you have to pay for the pro version. But at $14.99/month is too much for this bootstrapping writer to swing, especially when my budget is a big Zero. I also tried Wavemaker Novel Writing Software. That was really cool and if I had access to consistent internet it would have been perfect. As it's a progressive web app, it didn't run well on my computer after a week off the internet. I tried Scrivener which is really cool but too complicated for this person. 

So right now, I am splitting my time between two systems. I am using yWriter for my current novel, and I found a really cool OneNote template on CC Hogan's website that I am using to plan my next novel. It's been fun. What do you use for writing software?

For the Question of the Day: I usually start out with a word goal and genre that I stick to, but I am a plotter and planner. What do you do?

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