For September’s Insecure Writers Support Group post I thought I’d discuss what the group can do for you as a writer. The group was created byAlex Cavanaugh and you can find the details and sign up list by clicking on his name. You will also find other great bloggers and writers already signed up. Once a month we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for our fellow writers. If you write, it’s a great one post a month, group to join in with.
September is all about new starts. We see the start of Autumn, the nights are drawing in, our children are starting new years in school. There is a general feeling of starting again in September. I like September as a month. So with new starts in mind, I want to focus on the positives of being an “Insecure writer.”
Yesterday I caught up with a friend by phone . I know this friend by talking to her over the internet. We have shared interests and writing in common. We will meet at an event next year. I’ve spoken with her before at some length. You kind of know when you are going to click. But after talking to her, I realised just how many genuine friends I have made simply by sitting behind my computer screen as a writer and reaching out to other writers who know exactly how frustrating it can be at times, or how joyous if things are going great, or just how lonely, because we do it on our own.
The world and indeed the internet as well, is full of odd people. People who try to defraud us, who misrepresent themselves, who try to harm us in some emotional or other more sinister way, but with the right attitude and precautions in place, the internet can open the channels and the world to us small writers hiding behind our keyboards, and I can now say I have friends around the country, I meet, chat with, exchange idea’s and manuscripts with and have genuine friendships with. And even though I will never probably meet some of the people I interact with online that live even wider afield, I do think I have struck up some genuine friendships there.
So, writers of the Insecure Writers Support Group, be grateful for such a place, the internet and the group. I don’t think there’s been a time quite like it where writers can be so out there and connecting. It helps me feel a part of a wider community of like minded people, even if I am stuck in my chair at my desk.
The Insecure Writers Support Group provides me with a place I know that once a month I can bare my soul and insecurities should I so wish and instead of being mocked, I’m supported, or I can have a positive month and say, hey, this whole internet engagement thing can create genuine friendships, jump in more. And this is what they can do for you. A place for writers to come together and find each other via the linky list on Alex’s blog.
Here’s to friendship.