Insecure Writers Support Group…

It’s that time again! The first Wednesday of the month is Insecure Writers Support Group Day!

Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your writing doubts and the fears you have or 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.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

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Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

I can’t believe this is my 701st Blog Post!

February 7th optional question: What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

This question got me thinking. I’ve written two memoirs and am doing final edits on another nonfiction book. I’ve also ghostwritten my share of nonfiction books. But ever since I was ten-years-old my plan was to write a historical fiction series and occasionally I get the opportunity to work on that dream.

What I love about nonfiction is the truth. Or should I say the authors’ truth because we all know truth is subjective. I think memoir is one of the best ways for us to learn of first-hand witness accounts and to understand historical events and how they affected actual people in their own words and to really get a feel for actual history.

I have always loved research and writing nonfiction involves a lot of research. On the other hand, research can suck up a lot of time so I have to keep myself on a tight scheduleJ

Before writing my first memoir I read one-hundred of them and that definitely helped me to develop a deep respect for those that are willing to tell some difficult, personal stories.

That said I still do love reading fiction…

How about you? Do you read the genre you write?

Be sure to stop by and thank the wonderful co-hosts for this month:

Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia, Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!

Anthology Invite:

Bucks County Writers Group invites all writers to submit a short fiction story for a forthcoming anthology of (outer worldly, otherworldly, ghostly, angel, alien etc…stories.)

Writers can choose their own topics as long as they stay within the theme. The story can be fiction based on a real story.

The group will be marketing the Anthology and authors will be encouraged to create and/or participate in at least one marketing event.

Publication will be fall 2018

Think: ‘Do You Believe’

Word Length: 3500-5000 words per story.

Payment: $10.00 for each story chosen. $100.00 will be paid for the one entry chosen as the title story.

Infinity Publishing will publish the anthology in both paper back, digital and e-formats. It will be available for global distribution including book stores and libraries.

Deadline for submissions is February 28, 2018.

Submission Guidelines:

Story must be edited prior to submission. Entries must not have been published, including blog posts. All rights return to contributors six-months after publication.


Use a 1″ margin on all sides
Use a title page Don’t number the title page. Include story title, your short bio with any links you want published with your story, and your contact information Begin numbering with the first page of the text of the story.
Use a header on each page, including your name, the title of your story in all caps, and the page number.
Indent fives spaces for each new paragraph.
Double-space the entire text.
Use a standard font, 12-point type. Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier is fine.

Send your submission before January 31, 2018 to:




6 Responses to “Insecure Writers Support Group…”

  • I think we can tell the truth in fiction in a way those writing non fiction can’t. We can express emotional truths, which although unprovable are honest and genuine, rather than relying solely on those involving facts and figures.

  • I’ve always been drawn to WW2 historical fiction that revolves around the holocaust.
    You read one hundred memoirs prior to writing your books? Congrats, Doreen! Now it makes me want to read your stories even more.
    Are they available in e-book format? Not sure…

  • I enjoy learning something new, so research, for me, is enjoyable. Many times I need to remember to start writing the story. I like your blog and will follow it and connect with you online. All the luck in 2018, Doreen!

  • Cathrina:

    Many books need research, but like you said, it sucks up a lot of time. I write mainly YA that tends to crossover to adult. I read plenty of that genre, but I also believe a writer can learn so much more by reading all genres. And thankfully, I like them all.

  • Yes, the truth is the best and my favorite too! I should read some more memoirs, it will probably help me finish mine!

  • I like research more than I probably should. I even do research on my horror stories to be sure I’m not saying something inaccurate.

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