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.


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!


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!

51 Responses to “The Insecure Writers Support Group…”

  • I agree, a week in that resort is a nice treat! If you are an early bird – and you are – I can see fitting in a few hours of writing every day. Otherwise, I’d be so excited to be on vacation that I’d do anything but write, like swim, walk, and read all day!

    I’m so glad Florida and most of the US east coast got spared from Dorian, but poor and wonderful Bahamas… My little family actually had to sit out Dorian in our 19ft camper van, unexpectedly, in Canada. Crazy times!!

    Thank you for co-hosting this month!

  • I can see why you’d find those sunrises inspiring.

  • This is such a picturesque setting to write a novel! I’m so glad that your family wasn’t affected by the hurricane and my heart goes out to all who were. Thanks for co-hosting the IWSG!

  • Elizabeth Seckman:

    I could totally find my muse at a place like that. What a great view.

    My husband needs to up his support game. LOL

  • What a lovely place to take your muse for a visit. Kudos to your husband for the suggestion and support. Glad your relatives and the resort came through Dorian unscathed.

  • Suzanne Furness:

    Sounds like a wonderful place to visit and to write. Great your husband took you for a visit to finish your second book.
    Thanks for co-hosting this month and visiting my blog.

  • This resort sounds marvelous. Thanks for co-hosting this month.

  • That looks like a great place to relax and unwind. I’ll have to take a trip there one of these days!

    Thanks for co-hosting!

  • Tonja Drecker:

    What a lovely place! And it obviously works for you to getting writing done. And kudos to your husband for being so supportive!

  • I find anywhere that involves travel is good for getting ideas. Including a good walk! But for writing, I need to be in my writing zone. Room service would be nice, but getting up to sort my next coffee is definitely better for the waistline.

  • Thanks for co-hosting this month. That sounds like a truly gorgeous location. I have to admit that I truly admire your ability to write instead of read somewhere so wonderfully indulgent and relaxing.

  • That sounds rejuvenating on so many levels. Thank you for co-hosting!

  • A well known resort with a view of the beach and a pool as well as a supportive husband – I’m sure that helped you solve some of your writing problems.Lovely.

  • Hi Doreen. Lovely to meet you. Thanks for your visit to my place. I enjoyed reading about your writing at the resort. What a lovely husband to think that for you. I’m glad it was such a wonderful experience.

  • Thank you, Doreen, for co-hosting — and for your thoughts on Dorian’s impact. We are still concerned about the Florida coast, but what happened in the Bahamas is devastating. My husband grew up in Philadelphia and loves to travel. We try to escape the snows of eastern Washington every year — and find new places to write. May you continue to find those sunny spas and dazzling sunrises to inspire your writing.

  • Well you’ve definitely sold me on that resort, Doreen! I love the pool and the ocean–what a serene spot. Hope you get to return soon!

  • Oh yes, that does sound like the perfect place to write and enjoy.

  • That does sound lovely! A nice combination of being spoiled and being left alone to write 🙂 @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

  • The hotel sounds wonderful. What a wonderful hubby to take you there to finish your book. I hope it survives the hurricane. Thanks for co-hosting this month.

  • Daytona is less than an hour away from me. The beaches are nice. Thanks for co-hosting. Happy IWSG Day!

  • That sounds lovely. I can stand any amount of heat if I have a pool handy. Glad you came home to PA before the hurricane arrived.

  • That sounds wonderful! It reminds me of the way I feel on a cruise, although I have never taken advantage of the onboard spa. I think I will have to do that in the future.

  • You just about sold me on Florida. At least the place where you’ve been going sounds alluring.

    Thanks for hosting!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  • What a wonderful place to write – and I loved your photos. Thanks for hosting! Keep up the good work on your writing goals.

  • Lidy:

    If I had to pick any place or anything as a writing space, without a doubt, it’d be somewhere or something connected to JK Rowling and her Harry Potter book series. I’m sure I’ll be touched by the magic of it all. But the beach at sunset looks mighty tempting.
    Thanks for co-hosting! 😀

  • Daytona is a great place for a writing/spa retreat! My folks live in Deltona, inland a bit, and I love to visit in November when the temps are perfect for beach walking. Not so much in love with the hot months, though.

  • I love Daytona Beach. My husband and I have a condo in New Smyrna, just below Daytona, where we winter for a few months. We’re always visiting Daytona because of the many stores, restaurants, and attractions. The sound of the Atlantic waves crashing in and lapping at the shore is peaceful and special–and lends itself to writing and creating.

  • Sounds like the most relaxing writing spot ever! Thanks for co-hosting this month 🙂

  • Hi,

    If you just heard someone sigh, it was me. What a refreshing retreat!
    Thank you for co-hosting 😉

  • That is gorgeous. So tall! but that cuppa filled with steaming coffee, by your notebook–I can do that!

  • It is nice to just sit on the beach and relax. The hotel you mentioned sounds lovely.

    With Love,

  • That sounds like a heavenly retreat! Thanks for co-hosting!

  • I wrote while cruising in the Pacific a few years back. What an adventure. And in spite of the many distractions, I did write and achieved my goal to finish several chapters. That was pure luxury, but until I find another pot of gold, I’ll be satisfied to sit in my office surrounded by my two dogs and a cat. Thanks for giving me an idea of vacationing at Daytona Shores. Sounds wonderful.

  • Mary Aalgaard:

    I hope it survives the hurricane! Sounds like a lovely retreat.
    Thanks for co-hosting this month!
    Mary at Play off the Page

  • That does sound inspiring, and relaxing! Sometimes it is important to just be. Thank you for co-hosting!

  • Hmmm–spa writing retreat? I think I smell a Christmas gift! Thanks for co-hosting this month.

  • Lisa:

    Sounds like paradise! Lucky you. I love beaches. I love the ocean. I love mountains too. I’d love to write somewhere I could have both! Thanks for co-hosting!

  • Thanks for co-hosting!

    Isn’t it nice when our family member takes our writing seriously and in your case takes you on a getaway to write.

  • Nothing like writing in a luxurious setting! Bravo. And thanks for co-hosting today.

  • Oh, that sounds lovely! Inspiring AND relaxing.

    Thanks for co-hosting today. 🙂

  • Beach, pool, and massage? Count me in! Sounds like the perfect place to relax, although I don’t think I’d have the discipline to get up early to work.

  • That’s so sweet that your husband took you to this awesome resort to help you with your writing. It sounds like a perfect place to vacation and write.

  • As I am visiting, reading, and commenting on our September IWSG blog hop, I’m listening to hurricane Dorian updates. My heart goes out to those in the Bahamas. Our east coast cities are bracing for flooding and strong winds.
    I live on the West coast of Mexico. We have hurricanes, too. That is why the weather is on my mind as I prepare for the flip side of coastal paradise.
    Your stay at Daytona Beach is absolutely heavenly and a good reminder of the good times.
    Thanks for co-hosting September’s IWSG blog hop.
    Lynn La Vita @ Writers Supporting Writers

  • Thanks for co-hosting this month.
    Great pictures. This resort sounds a little too relaxing for me. I’d love to visit there, but I think I’d get lazy with all those amenities. Glad it was a great experience for you and helped you finish a tough story.

  • Hi,

    I have visited Daytona Beach but have never stayed there overnight. Florida seems to be a really cool place for writer overall. However, for me, I’d like a basement in a home anywhere in Europe.

    Thank you so much for co-hosting.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  • Room service and a pool with a view – now that does sound great.
    Thanks for co-hosting today!

  • It looks nice,but I’m not good with the heat. I’d probably just stay indoors with the air conditioning all day and write while the rest of the family went off in search of sunshine. 🙂

    Thanks for co-hosting this month’s IWSG post!

  • That sounds like a wonderful place to write. Room service is the best!

  • I love the beach so much. The pictures are wonderful. I think I could write there too. My dream is to retire to the beach, though I’m not sure which one yet. I still have lots of time to figure it out 🙂 Happy IWSG Day.

  • sounds like my idea of the perfect getaway. You had me at spa! Nothing like a little spoiling to oil the wheels of industry. Thanks for co-hosting this month, Doreen!!

  • That is beautiful. I’d love room service while I write, and I could stare at the waves forever.

    Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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