Wednesday, February 2, 2022

February IWSG Day 2022

Hey Insecure Writers, 

Happy IWSG Day!  #IWSGPit, January 26, 2022, was a success.  Thanks to all you authors pitching your MS at our #IWSGPit. You made us a trending topic on Twitter in the UK--Twitter's top ten.  Check out the screen shot for that day.  #9 Woohoo!  

IWSG has been named, again, as the best writing contest by Reedsy for 2022.  The contest they are referring to is our yearly anthology contest.  Watch for the call for submissions for our new contest announcement for 2022 here.


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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. 


 The awesome co-hosts for the February 2 posting of the IWSG are Joylene Nowell Butler, Jacqui Murray, Sandra Cox, and Lee Lowery!


 Is there someone who supported or influenced you that perhaps isn't around anymore? Anyone you miss?
My Answer:

I have participated in online RPG's (role playing games) since 1999. It is where I honed my writing skills playing in Star Wars althernate universes, LOTR, regency romance, and various other RPG's online. 

I have a friend I played SW RPG up through 2014. We played for years with several people but in the last five years until we stopped just each other. We both have moved in different directions in our lives. I miss those days.  I miss the shared writing connection I had with my friend.  

We both became better writers in the way we played RPG, learned, and challenged each other to raise the storytelling bar.  I still repurpose those original characters I created back then to use in others stories that I write today.  Mainly, because I miss those characters almost as much as I miss my friend. 


Discussion Day Thursday February 24th

From Toi Thomas

In February we’ll feature books from authors in the 1-50position of the IWSG blogging list. Remember, if you are not currently on the IWSG blog hop list and don’t plan to join, the registry is the only way for your books to have a chance to be spotlighted by the book club. 

Please click this link to fill out the form to be added to the IWSG Book Club Spotlight Registry. 

If you are on the blog hop list, please don’t join the registry. We want to be fair and give everyone an opportunity to be featured, which mean some of us will have to wait our turns. As the book club administrator, I’m still eagerly waiting in anticipation for the day one of my books has a chance to be featured. 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Trending in the UK was an awesome thing!

Leigh Caron said...

RPGs...I must live under a rock...I've never played nor heard of anyone playing. Sounds like fun, and if it honed your writing skills, all the better.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Sometimes people just drift apart.

We play RPG - D&D online with some friends. Starting a new campaign Saturday night. So fun.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Wow, trending. Very cool. This group keeps getting better and better.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Juneta - that's excellent that #IWSGPit trended over here - congratulations to all organisers and members - cheers Hilary

Shannon Lawrence said...

Wow, congrats to the IWSG for trending in the UK!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on trending in the UK!

Beth Camp said...

Fascinating note about honing writing skills by playing RPG. I've heard of RPG games but never thought of them in terms of writing stories. What a neat idea. Thank you also for the note about book discussions via IWSG. The resources here continue to build my sense of community and appreciation for friendships built here. I think after several years here, I too would miss these connections, Juneta.

Computer Tutor said...

Not surprised by any of this, Alex. Don't know how you did it but you made this community work!

Michael Di Gesu said...

The UK trending is great news! I would never have expected that. Congrats IWSG TEAM~!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

It's exciting to see where IWSG will go next. It's an awesome community. I remember when I started searching for a place to fellowship with other writers back in the early 90s. I never imagine finding a community as supportive and helpful as IWSG. Thanks for all you do, Juneta.

newsstand pilgrim said...

I'd never heard of RPG as a writing genre before joining your workshop. I definitely see the value of that shared writing experience. And playing around with characters? Yeah, I need to explore this more.

Congratulations on the new UK record! Movin' and shakin', Lady!

Julie Quay

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Losing touch with a writer/player friend is a double whammy. So sad when we lose touch with friends. Hopefully, you've both been productively too busy to stay in touch.

Unknown said...

I love this post! Support and inspiration can come from any direction.