Dec 022015


Last month for my Insecure Writers Support Group contribution, I talked about the ABCs of writing a story. From my perspective at least. A for Action, B for Background, C for Characters … In that essay, I went all the way to H for Hang in there. You will make a sale.

Many of my writer friends, supportive as they are read and commented on that post. A couple of those friends – one claimed an OCD’s mind the other is just plain pushy – wondered where the other letters were. In other words…what about the rest of the story—er—alphabet?

For their benefit, and yours, and since I covered A through H last month, the letters I, J, K, L, M, N, O and P are up for this one. Here goes….

I – Involve the reader. Give them a reason to invest their time and emotions in your story

J – Just don’t tell your tale. Use all five senses to show it!

K – Keep your focus on what you need to say. Even when the muse fails you and the blank page taunts.

L – Love, truly love what you are doing. Cherish the words and, above all, the order in which you have arranged them.

M – Make yourself sit down to write whether you feel like it or not. Work is work, there’s no way to sugar coat it.

N – Nudge

O – Offer your talents to others. First and foremost, you are still a reader. Help other writers by reading their work.

P – Practice, Persistence, Progress, Perseverance and Patience Produce Perfection. Or as close to Perfection as any writer can Possibly achieve.

Please come back next month for my take on…the rest of those letters.


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!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you 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. 

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

IWSG awesome co-hosts for the December 2nd posting of the IWSG will be Sandra Hoover, Mark Koopmans, Doreen McGettigan, Megan Morgan, and Melodie Campbell!

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