Wednesday, February 07, 2024

Insecure Writer's Support Group - February 7, 2024


The first Wednesday of every month should, in my humble opinion, be enacted as a federal holiday. Why, might you ask? Because it is "Insecure Writer's Support Group" day! On this day, writers of  every level, published or not, can air their concerns, fears and doubts in a space that fosters support and helpful tips without the feeling of embarrassment or humiliation. If you haven't already, visit the sign in page here and join the group.

As always, I will begin by thanking it's creator, o' ninja captain, my ninja captain, Mr. Alex Cavanaugh.

I must also not forget to mention the February 7 co-hosts, Janet Alcorn, SE White, Victoria Marie Lees and Cathrina Constantine.

And with that, "Let's Rock The Neurotic Writing World!"

I'll start by admitting that I haven't posted in a couple of months but it was a planned break. I'll touch on the reason for my absence soon. A post is already in the works, just not completed.

Today's Question: What turns you off when visiting an authors website/blog? Lack of information? A drone of negativity? Little mention of the authors books? Constant mention of books?

I must admit, I didn't know how to answer this question at first. I have not visited any authors personal  sites until rejoining this group. The few that I have accessed are owned by those that contribute here. I enjoy hearing news on releases, the successes of each individual and to have the opportunity to provide support when I feel that I have something positive to add. I am inexperienced (an amateur's amateur, really) at best regarding anything related to literature and do not have the experience/knowledge to critique another's space or work. I do not like leaving negative reviews in any capacity so normally, I will only comment if it is positive and well intended. One thing that I do not like is an over abundance of pop ups and ads. I get that some use this medium to generate revenue but the constant flashing and ill timed pop up advertising "testosterone cream" is a bit annoying. I also would not enjoy unneeded and  derogatory comments regarding my work. I put a lot of myself in to these posts and doubt I'd take kindly to being badgered because of the content. I have not experienced this yet but if I climb the mountain and publish something, I will no doubt receive criticism. I am already worried about my short stories subject matter and do not doubt that it will ruffle some feathers.

It feels good to contribute to this group and hope that I can continue. I plan on hopping around and seeing others takes on this months subject. Have a blessed day!


Gwen Gardner said...

I agree about the pop-ups. And I don't ever leave negative reviews. Life is hard enough without bashing someone who's trying their best.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cool that you've joined us and glad you are just excited to read what authors talk about.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Couldn't find an email for you. Sign up on the IWSG list so I can get it there and send you IWSG co-host instructions.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Glad you're back. Looking forward to visiting here again,

ib said...

Gwen, pop ups do bite and negativity is not needed. Hope all is well!

Alex, I have been with IWSG for a few months. I'll send you an email as soon as I can.

Susan, I hope you do return. I'll start adding spoken word, song writing and excerpts of a short story I am working on.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Welcome back! I also struggled to answer, because I go in knowing everyone's blogs will be different and I don't really judge. But I agree that too many pop-ups is a pain.

ib said...

Shannon, thanks for stopping by the old Hobbit. I have several pieces in the queue. Just adding finishing touches. One is an update what's shaking my way and I will be posting some old poems and songs that I came across while cleaning out some old boxes. I had completely forgot about some of these. After rehashing them, it started the creative juices flowing again. Hope to post more frequently.