Founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh, the IWSG's purpose is to share and encourage. A place where 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.
The co-hosts for July's post are Tamara Narayan, Pat Hatt, Patricia Lynne, Juneta Key, and Doreen McGettigan. Please drop by and thank them.
Now for this month's IWSG question:
What is one valuable lesson you learned since you started writing?
Not to compare myself to other writers. Whilst it's encouraging and motivating to follow other writers on their journey - often gleaming invaluable advice - you shouldn't compare yourself to them. As a writer, your voice and style is unique. It therefore follows that your journey as a writer will also be unique. Making comparisons can act to discourage you if you've not managed to write or sell as many books as they have. Trying to achieve their success by writing for their market could stifle your own creativity. Write for yourself and your readers.
On to other IWSG news. Submissions are still open for the IWSG Guide to Writing for Profit anthology.
All members of the IWSG blog hop, IWSG Facebook group and/or members of the IWSG Goodreads Book Club are eligible to submit. Submission closes on July 31st. Full details can be found here.
On July 27th, IWSG will be holding its first Twitter Pitch Party! #IWSGPIT will be running from 8am - 8pm Eastern time. Many writers have gone on to see their books published following a pitch, so this a must-do for writers. For full details on how to take part, click here.
That's it for this month's IWSG post. What valuable lessons have you learned? Are you submitting an entry for the Guide to Writing for Profit anthology? Have you ever pitched via Twitter? What were your experiences of submitting that way?