The Insecure Writers Support Group…

Wednesday is the day I share what I’ve learned on my journey from writing, publication, marketing; and doing it all again, and again. The kind of information I wish someone shared with me when I started.

It’s also the first Wednesday of the month which means it’s time for The Insecure Writers Support Group!  

And I’m thrilled to be hosting this month, it’s been awhile.

Purpose:

To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. If you’ve been through the fire you can offer your 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!

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!

The September 4th question is:

If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?

I am in love with Daytona Shores Resort and Spa  in Daytona Beach Shores in Florida.

We’ve been staying there for many years. It used to be a Hilton. A few years ago, my husband thought a visit might help me get through some issues with my second book. He was so right I finished that book. We visited the first week of August this year and on this visit I was obsessed with the pool. It’s impossible not to be filled with creative ideas while lounging in a pool while looking at the ocean.

I was awake to witness glorious sunrises every morning. I wrote for several hours, enjoyed room service breakfast (it was so reasonable) and then headed for the pool.

There’s a full spa offering massages, manicures, pedicures, facials and more. Did I mention the Tiki bar? My absolute favorite is the bonfires and smores at night after a relaxing moonlight walk on the beach.

While the Shores is a wonderful place to relax and write, I live in Pennsylvania and getting to Florida is most definitely an occasional treat. I am however truly blessed to be able to write full time in my nice (extremely messy right now) home office.

Thank God our beloved resort, my mothers and my sister in laws houses have come through Dorian fine. We are horrified for the Bahamian people and are praying for Georgia and the Carolinas.

How about you, where is your favorite place to write?

The awesome co-hosts for the September 4th posting of the IWSG are Gwen Gardner, Doreen McGettigan, Tyrean Martinson, Chemist Ken, and Cathrina Constantiner!

Writing Wednesday/Goals…

Writing Wednesday

Wednesday is the day I share what I’ve learned on my journey from writing, publication, marketing; and doing it all again, and again. The kind of information I wish someone shared with me when I started.

GOALS There’s only five-months until 2020!

Please tell me I’m not the only one freaking out about that. It’s just a date right? Do you set New Years Goals for yourself and/or your business? Normally I’m extremely serious about my goals and I’m pretty good about accomplishing them. The past two-years, not so much. January 2018 started with surgery on my right hand. I squeezed a lemon and tore some ligaments.

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Friday Favorites, Flops and Food Southbound Edition…

Friday Favorites, Flops and Food

I know its cliché, but the weeks seem to be floating by leaving me feeling like I’m missing something or not living life to the fullest. One of my goals for this year is to slow my days down and to be present and mindful of each, and every minute. Another goal is to find something to be grateful for in each season. Keeping track of my favorites, flops and good food weekly has been a great exercise in consistent blogging, and a way to remember and be grateful.

Favorites

Have you heard that the topic of the new season of “American Crime Story” will be produced by Monica Lewinsky and will focus on the impeachment of former president Bill Clinton. It’s set to debut weeks before election day 2020.

Monica Lewinsky, Paula Jones and Linda Tripp will be the story’s main characters.

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Writing Wednesday/WritingSurprises…

Writing Wednesday

Wednesday is the day I share what I’ve learned on my journey from writing, publication, marketing; and doing it all again, and again. The kind of information I wish someone shared with me when I started.

It’s also the first Wednesday of the month which means it’s time for The Insecure Writers Support Group!

The Purpose of the Group:

To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. If you’ve been through the fire you can offer your assistance, and guidance. It’s a safe- haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

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Writing Wednesday; Research…

Writing Wednesday

Wednesday is the day I share what I’ve learned on my journey from writing, publication, marketing; and doing it all again, and again. The kind of information I wish someone shared with me back when.

Research:

Everything you write whether it’s an article, essay, blog post or a book it needs to be researched. Getting your facts straight, whether your work is fiction or nonfiction will make your story believable and increase your credibility as a writer.

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Friday Favorites, Flops and Food…

FRIDAY FAVORITES, FLOPS, and FOOD

I know its cliché, but the weeks seem to be floating by leaving me feeling like I’m missing something or not living life to the fullest. One of my goals for this year is to slow my days down and to be present and mindful of each, and every minute. Another goal is to find something to be grateful for in each season. Keeping track of my favorites, flops and good food weekly has been a great exercise in consistent blogging, and a way to remember and be grateful.

Favorites

Finally having my website back and working is a favorite this week. I’ve had Go Daddy as my host for 7 years and have called them once a year to renew. That’s it. Never a problem. Until now. Their server got old and was no longer compatible with Word Press, and I needed an SSL certificate. Go Daddy assured me it was a simple fix and I would be up and running in 24-48 hours. It took a month and it was too expensive. The tech folks weren’t nice. I was so disappointed.

Rena and her company The Blogging 911  provides the monthly maintenance on my site and I have to tell you she created some fabulous graphics for me. She creates websites, offers hosting, maintenance and more. I can’t thank her enough for her help with the SSL certificate. My emails were answered quickly, and Rena isn’t just professional, she’s friendly. I highly recommend her! I cannot wait till my hosting contract runs out. Its bye- bye Go Daddy and hello Blogging 911.

I FINALLY have 10,000 followers on Twitter.

I’ll be giving out prizes next week so if you’d like to be in the running leave a comment on the pinned post, follow me and I’ll follow you.

John and I may be the only people that never watched Breaking Bad until now. We binged all 5 seasons in 3 weeks which was sort of long for us. The 1st season was sort of slow but by the middle of the 2nd season we were hooked. If you are thinking of watching this series I suggest watching Better Call Saul, first. We’re on the 3rd season of that now and it takes place prior to Breaking Bad.

Yellowstone is back and is the most watched cable series. The Dutton family, led by patriarch John Dutton (Kevin Costner) controls the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. and must contend with constant attacks by land developers, clashes with an Indian reservation and conflict with America’s first national park. Kevin Costner is good in everything and doesn’t disappoint in this series. Luke Grimes is good (looking) to watch too😊

Animal Kingdom is back too! So far this season it’s darker than ever.

Then we have the Phillies. We have a love/hate relationship with them this year.

My guilty pleasures; Married at First Sight, Southern Charm and Southern Charm New Orleans and the Young and the Restless have me shaking my head this week.

What are you watching?

Flops

How I’ve made it this far in life until now without ever having a summer cold is miraculous. Summer colds are miserable and painful. Hopefully this is the last one I’ll ever have. The only redeeming thing about this damn cold is having a lot of TV and reading choices.

Writing time has been unfruitful. Lots of ideas came to mind while I suffered on the sofa with tea and tissues. The worst flop of this last week was the ridiculous “Mueller Hearings.” What an embarrassing end to a once bright career, and they practiced!

Food

Being sick all week didn’t leave me feeling much like cooking. The last best thing I ate though was at a viewing party for friend, Pat Nogars’ podcast, Saturday Morning with Pat. She is the most fabulous baker, cook and such an elegant host.

The Sugarbridge Design Center in Paoli, Pa. was the perfect backdrop for the show. On the show was three of Pat’s favorite chefs from suburban Philadelphia restaurants; Sontuosa in Bryn Mawr, Marokko in Ardmore and Savona in Gulph Mills!

All the dishes were delicious, and the cranberry Cosmopolitan was amazing!

Follow Pat Nogar on Facebook to catch the podcast Saturday Mornings at 10 am.

Have a blessed weekend,

Doreen

 

Writing Memoir

Writing Wednesday

Wednesday is the day I share what I’ve learned on my journey from writing, publication, marketing; and doing it all again, and again. The kind of information I wish someone shared with me when I started.

Writing Memoir

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Show Don’t Tell…

Writing Wednesday

Wednesday is the day I share what I’ve learned on my journey from writing, publication, marketing; and doing it all again, and again. The kind of information I wish someone shared with me back when.

Show Don’t Tell

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Friday Favorites, Flop and Food? Party Edition…

Friday Favorites, Flops and Food

I know its cliché, but the weeks seem to be floating by leaving me feeling like I’m missing something or not living life to the fullest. One of my goals for this year is to slow my days down and to be present and mindful in each, and every minute. Another goal is to find something to be grateful for, and to enjoy in each season. What were your Friday Favorites, Flops and Food this week?

Favorites

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The Insecure Writers Support Group

 

 

 

 

My favorite writing day of the month is the Insecure Writers Support Group posting day!

You are more than welcome to join us and can sign up here:

Purpose:

To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. If you’ve been through the fire you can offer your assistance, and guidance. It’s a safe- haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting:

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