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Wednesday 7 November 2012




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It is with great pleasure to announce that I am helping Alex to host this months Insecure Writer's Support Group, along with the help of L.G. Keltzer.

This monthly meme is becoming so big it is now difficult for Alex to visit everyone on the ever growing list, so he invited his regular blogger followers to put up their hands to take on the task to offer support.

L.G. Keltzer and myself were quick to accept and were given the month of November to kick off this new system which Alex has devised to help lighten his load and to ensure the bloggers on the list are acknowledged and accepted into his huge audience of followers.

All writers have insecurities, whether they are focused on their writing, their style of writing, acceptance among their peers or any number of other things.

The IWSG helps all of us to voice these insecurities and gain support and advice from other members of the group.  We learn from this process and our feelings of being alone (as writing is a lonely task), are found to be false because we find support and comfort in the words of others in this unique group of people who follow Alex Cavanaugh and involve themselves in the IWSG.

You can be surprised by the positive comments other people make in regard to your insecurities and learn that you are not alone and your feelings of doubt are swept aside.

Using these feelings of insecurity can also benefit us, especially when we learn others have experienced them too.  Using insecurities in a positive way can make us grow, giving the individual writer the power to continue on and progress with their endeavours.

I remember years ago when it was a fad to give out what was known as ‘warm fuzzies’. This was a process where persons gave other persons hugs and support and thanked people for anything and everything that was done for them, whether those people were strangers or friends.  Well the process of the IWSG is similar, we give each other advice and support whether the person who posted the writing is known or unknown to us.

Personally, I have found the IWSG a place where I can learn from my fellow writers and gain beneficial advice, helping me to progress as a writer.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Alex and the other members of IWSG who ensure this monthly meme lives, strives and moves forward into the future to help and support our fellow writers.

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L.G. Keltner said...

I agree that our insecurities can benefit us when we deal with them in a positive way. That's what's great about this group!

L.G. Keltner said...

I love this group because it helps us to deal with our insecurities in positive ways! And the little fuzzies are cute!

Tonja Drecker said...

Those fuzzies are perfect! Yep, that's what supportive comments feel like - a dozen of those cuddling up inside of you.
Great that you're helping host this!

Empty Nest Insider said...

Congrats on co-hosting the IWSG! The fuzzies are adorable, and this group certainly does pass them around! Thanks for being such an important part of it! Julie

Annalisa Crawford said...

Great work co-hosting today's group! I love the group because when other people voice my insecurities I can give them advice... then I sit back and realise I can apply the same advice to myself. Plus, I've had such great help from my blog visitors!

Anonymous said...

It feels wonderful to be a part of a greater writing community. Thanks for hosting!

Unknown said...

L.G. - Thanks for the visit and I hope you enjoy co-hosting!

T. Drecker - Nice of you to stop by. Glad you like the fuzzies.

Julie - Thank you for the kind comment. It is a pleasure!

Annalisa - I can certainly relate to you comment. I find I do the same thing myself.

Zara - thanks.

Melissa said...

Agree. I love IWSG! :)
Thanks for co-hosting.

jaybird said...

Thank you for dropping by and asking about my family and I at the Jersey Shore! I really appreciate it and all of the encouraging comments I've received from everyone at the IWSG.

I can't believe Alex has been doing this on his own, for as long as he has. I think it's wonderful that you stepped up and offered to help him along!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

CM, that was an awesome tribute to the spirit of this group! You rock. Thanks so much for co-hosting. Even with clones I just can't keep up now, but I don't want anyone to feel left out...

Unknown said...

Thanks for co-hosting this month! This is a great supportive group of people aka/writers :)

Unknown said...

CM -

Thanks for stopping by my blog! It's great to be a part of the IWSG, and wonderful meeting you. Nice banner, btw!

Miranda Hardy said...

Very well said. I'm glad to have the support of a wonderful community of bloggers. I'm so glad to participate and support others.

Unknown said...

Melissa - Thanks for stopping by!

Alex - I am happy to help. It has been fun. I just do not know how you ever did this by yourself?

Siv - Yes, I totally agree. I have always felt welcome and accepted by this amazing group of people.

Jaybird - I hope you weather this next storm coming your way, it really is a sad time for New York! My thoughts are with you.

M.L. - Nice to meet you too.

Miranda - As am I.

Ciara said...

I'm not surprised that even the clone can't keep up with this group. Alex is only two people and needs help on occasion. I love this group and glad you are co-hosting.

Liza said...

Oh Gosh! The warm fuzzies are perfect! Thanks for co-hosting. I've been participating since the beginning, and IWSG has taught me how kind and helpful other writers are. Perhaps admitting our insecurities is a first step in overcoming them!

Jeannette said...

Thanks for co-hosting! It's quite incredible how large this group has become. I joined four months ago and am still visiting new blogs and meeting new people each time I post. It's a wonderful community!!

M.J. Fifield said...

Warm fuzzies were a big thing in my childhood. And you're right, the IWSG community is both reminiscent of and deserving of that title.

Unknown said...

ISWG is absolutely my favorite blog 'thing' going, and I love it when bloggers I enjoy (like you CM!) host and take part. :-)

You've convinced me to throw my hat in at last, btw. I'm joining ISWG for next month.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Insecurites help us to bring more realistic depth to our characters. At least that is what I keep telling myself. Yes, we could all use a warm fuzzie hug now and then! Good luck with being co-host! :-)

Cate Masters said...

We all need those warm fuzzies. :)

Mina Burrows said...

I love this group so much. *sniffle sniffle*

Great job, clone! Keep it up.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Thanks for being a co-host to this wonderful blog fest. It's one of the most brilliant ones I've ever seen for all the reasons you've mentioned.

Unknown said...

Cute photo and yes, ISWG does give me the warm fuzzies.

Christine Rains said...

Terrific post! I still get the warm fuzzies. We have a great writing community. :)

Brinda said...

It's nice to get warm fuzzies. :)

Camille Picott said...

Thanks for co-hosting, and thanks for your encouraging words on my blog! And you're right, hearing that others share my insecurity does give me insight and help me let go of my fear.

Unknown said...

Thanks Ciara, Liza and Jannette, glad you stopped by.

M.J. - The Warm Fuzzies certainly sum up IWSG, Thanks for dropping by.

E.J. - I am glad I have motivated you to join up next month.

Roland, Cate and Mina - Thanks for the visit and it is nice to hear that you related to the warm fuzzies and IWSG!

Michael, Jen, Christine and Brinda - Glad the warm fuzzies touched you!

Camille - Welcome

Jennifer Joyce said...

I'm not surprised help was needed - the list of insecure writers is huuuuge!

Unknown said...

To be honest, I almost forgot that I was supposed to post for IWSG today, but as soon as I did, you came and commented and made me feel so good. Thanks!
Oh! I LOVE the little fuzzballs in the pic. I haven't seen any of those in a long time. Thanks for reminding me. :-)

M Pax said...

You've become an uber busy cyber bee. :D Good for you.

Sharing is great. I love those fuzzy things. Cute.

Krista McLaughlin said...

Warm fuzzies, nice. :) I love that we have a support group as writers, but typically writers are loners and we really do need each others support to keep going. We make a great team to keep each other inspired and touched! :)

Doreen McGettigan said...

Thank you for co-hosting. This is only my second month participating and I have NO idea how Alex has been able to keep up!
I am enjoying the other posts, it is comforting to know you are not the only insecure writer in the blogaspere:)

Shell Flower said...

Good job for Alex to delegate and lead by example to show that one person can't carry the whole village. Good on you for volunteering to help, too. IWSG is awesome. Thanks for stopping by my blog. And LOL, warm fuzzies, haven't seen those since the 80s.

Unknown said...

Thanks for co-hosting this month! The "warm fuzzies" support is so important, especially in the uncertainty of writing. Also, thanks so much for the awesome review of my book! I'm excited you enjoyed it. :)

Unknown said...

Great job on the co-host! I've been visiting various IWSG blogs and you have left some really encouraging words. Loved those warm and fuzzies. :)

michelle said...

Those little fuzzies are adorable and cuddly!
Thanks for co-hosting IWSG Carolyn. You rock!!

Shannon Lawrence said...

Thank you for co-hosting! Alex's shoes are big ones to fill.

This is my first IWSG, and the comments have been wonderful and supportive, a mix of advice and empathy with the fear. It's always nice to talk to others who feel the same way.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

Unknown said...

Mama J - Thanks for dropping in

Lexa - You are welcome, glad I could help

Mary, Krista and Doreen - Glad you like the fuzzies!

Shellflower - Yes it has been since the 80's but I think they are relevant and we still need those positive vibes today

Thanks Melissa and Sharon

Shannon - Welcome to IWSG

Michael - It was a pleasure posting the review

Unknown said...

Way to go, helping out the master ninja! He's amazing. I was just commenting on another blog how obsessed I've been today with reading / commenting on IWSG. At some point (I've been at it since 6 a.m.) I'm going to have to get off the computer. :P Thanks for helping out this month, I'm sure Alex appreciates you and L.G.

Georgina Morales said...

I am so happy to be part of this group. IWSG is a great community where people is sincerely interested in helping others achieve greatness. How awesome is that?!

Gwen Gardner said...

Warm, fuzzy hugs to you Carolyn! You're the best - thanks for helping Alex this month:)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Thank you for co-hosting, CM. It's so nice to see those little warm fuzzies pictured above. That really did feel good, as do comments from other IWSG members.


Anonymous said...

Sharing the fuzzy love :)

Lexie Rising said...

I remember warm fuzzies! I got one from my camp counselor in 5th grade- I think I still have it somewhere in the abandoned scrapbooking piles. It was a simple thing but meant so much to an insecure girl like me. I look forward to participating in IWSG- it's such a great idea! Thanks for co-hosting :)

T said...

Just the fact that you are co-hosting is an inspiration for the IWSG in my opinion! It's already Friday and I've barely hopped to 12 different blogs in an effort to spread my own warm fuzzies around... it's a daunting task with so many great blogs out there. Kudos to you!

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