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!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.
 
Be sure to visit the awesome co-hosts for the September 7 posting of the IWSG:  Kim Lajevardi, Cathrina Constantine, Natalie Aguirre, Olga Godim, Michelle Wallace, and Louise - Fundy Blue!

 
Each month the IWSG shares an optional question we can use to jump-start our posts. This month's question is,

What genre would be the worst one for you to tackle and why?
 
Before I get to the question, I'll do my update. I've now been home for a month, and have almost settled into as much of a routine as I get. I've also finally gotten my new book--A Coastal Corpse--to the point where I'm sending it to some select readers. I'll be doing another round of revisions and, I hope, getting it out to a larger group of beta readers in a couple of weeks. If you'd like to be one, please leave me a note! 
 
Meanwhile, I'll be getting around to my IWSG visits next week, because I've gone hiking (yes, again). All that traipsing around the Alps didn't satisfy my need to spend some nights in a tent by an alpine lake!
 
As for the question, there is really only one genre I totally avoid. No way could I write erotica, both because I couldn't give it to my mom to read, and because I really just couldn't write that stuff. There are two other genres that I kind of avoid, though I've dabbled a little in each, at least in my flash fiction: horror, and romance. While I do include some romance in my mysteries, I don't think I could write conventional romance; I've never been a fan and these days I can't read it at all. As for horror--I've played with it, but usually my horror ends up having a laugh hidden in it by the end. It's another genre that I really can't read, and never could, so it figures I can't write it. I've got enough scary stuff in my head. I don't need to encourage it.
 
How about you? What genre(s) scare you off, or perhaps just stymie you?
 
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