Networking #IWSG


It is time for the monthly meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group. No matter where you are in your writing journey chances are you occasionally have feelings of insecurity. No worry’s, link up and find all of the support you could possibly ask for. If you are in a good place perhaps you have some inspiration to share let’s face it we all feel the need for a bit of support from our friends.



It has been quite awhile since I have felt secure, not just in my writing but in life. It has been a tough two years. My second book is over a year late. I am finally getting back on track and I reached the half-way point in the editing for The Stranger in My Recliner. I must be feeling extra secure because I committed to have it finished by the end of the month. That wasn’t enough so I decided to enter the A-to-Z Challenge for the third –year.

I have always worked better under pressure. I try to be more organized these days but life does have a way of getting in the way. That has to stop. I learned while writing my first book that I have to stick to some semblance of a writing schedule.

A daily word count is hard for me to keep up with especially on the days I work twelve-hour-shifts at my out of the house job.  Weekly word counts work so much better for me.

Another thing that works for me is networking with other writers, in real life. Networking online is important too but getting out with people and having actual conversations is not only healthy it is a great source of inspiration.

I belong to two- writers groups. HotPenz7 is a small closed group of writers and speakers. My favorite thing about this group is we always meet for Happy Hour. When we do not have a media type thing to do we talk for hours. I always leave bursting with ideas. I also belong to and am on the board of our chapter of the Press Club. If you have a local affiliate I highly suggest you join. Not only is it fun, it is educational.  The actual ‘writing’ group I belong to is called Lower Bucks Creative Explorers. This group has a lot of talent.  We have all genres represented in this group as well as screen writers, playwrights, painters, illustrators and artists. We meet every other week and we write for an hour and then read and critique for two hours.

Press Club at CBS 3 Philadelphia

The Press Club at CBS 3 Philadelphia













Most writers tend to be introverts and I am no exception. It was extremely difficult when I started attending all of these groups but I cannot imagine not having them now.

What out of your house groups do you belong to?

I would love to connect with you here too:



18 Responses to “Networking #IWSG”

  • I must be THE ONLY PERSON who doesn’t have physical contact with a writing group…
    I just can’t seem to find one my end of the globe… *sighs*

  • I admire your dedication, Doreen. I’m planning to take an eight week course on starting your novel. It should start over the summer. I understand a number of writers groups have started out of these courses, so I’m hoping that is the case here. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  • Doreen how right you are about a writer’s support system. I have the world’s greatest (I’m THAT bias!) critique group. We all have each others’ backs and have gone from just writer friends to the best of friends. I also belong to RWA and my local Mid-Michigan Chapter as well as Novelists, Inc. for the professional support. No one can understand our needs like someone who shares them!

  • Your Hot Penz 7 group looks like a fun bunch of people! I love my SCBWI group, and I’m currently looking for a mystery writers group. I also meet with a few local writers in my hometown. Happy IWSG post day. 😀

  • Diane Burton:

    Good for you, Doreen, for finding groups that meet your needs. I can’t imagine not having my local chapter of RWA (Mid-Michigan). So supportive. Good luck on finishing the edits.

  • That’s so nice that one of the groups is so broad and includes visual artists, too! I’m a photographer, too, and the two (writing and photography) certainly inspire one another in my work, so it’s great to have eclectic groups like that.

  • Alone time is such a big requirement for a writer, I think. I don’t belong to a writers’ group right now, but I do have a writing coach!

  • My husband is the exact opposite of me, he loves to go out and socialize. Me, although I do enjoy my friends company, I have to stop myself from feeling pressured to leave the house to visit our friends. I tend to stress because I fell my time for writing is taken from me. So, I suppose I am an introvert, but I am also have a very bubbly personality and a strong persona,on the outside. Maybe, I am a little of both, introvert and extrovert.

    Enjoy the challenge.


  • I’m an introvert, too. Even after finding a writer’s group, I still sometimes need to take a break from it.

    Visions of Other Worlds

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