What is the IWSG?
 
We are a group of writers who gather on the Internet to offer support and encouragement to each other! And we owe it all to the founder, Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. Thanks, Alex!
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 - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 


The awesome co-hosts for the February 2 posting of the IWSG are Joylene Nowell Butler, Jacqui Murray, Sandra Cox, and Lee Lowery!  Be sure to drop in and see what they have to say!

Optional February 2 question - Is there someone who supported or influenced you that perhaps isn't around anymore? Anyone you miss?

Okay, IWSG--way to hit me in the guts. Those of you who've been following this blog know that this is exactly what I've been dealing with. Let's start farther back, though.

The main reason I'm a writer is because of teachers. Teachers from grades 2 up (I don't remember about grade 1) who told me I could write, and encouraged me. Some of those have died; all have passed out of my life. But I still remember them and thank them for the support, as well as for teaching me grammar, punctuation, and spelling (well, mostly), even if they did have to give up on teaching this southpaw cursive!

My Mom has always been a great supporter, too, and I'm really grateful I still have her in my corner, passing on the kind words of her friends and neighbors who are reading my books!

But the question was about who we miss. That would be Dave. My husband of not quite 26 years who died in an accident 20 months ago. Aside from obviously missing him every day in every way, Dave was the person with whom I could talk over the ideas while they were still developing. He was also blatantly proud of me and my work. When we were traveling and meeting new people, I might not mention I'm a writer, but he always did, bragging about my books.

That's as good a lead-in as any to my writer's report, since writing since his death has been decidedly more difficult. Where I am now, I am particularly missing him because I really need to talk out the plot problems in the new book. Still, blundering along talking to myself, I have reached the point where I think I'm ready to start the rewrite. 

As a recap, I've been working on a plan for revision, and have been through the existing draft, created an outline of what I wrote with notes on what's wrong, and decided that enough was wrong that I'm going to rewrite the whole draft. I've now reached a point where I think the vision is getting clear enough to at least start the new version--though I think I will have to stop partway through and see if I know enough then to plan the ending more clearly! I'd hoped for a neater view of how it develops, but, well, sometimes life is messy. I'm beginning to think that writing is *always* messy!

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