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Guidelines and rules: 
Word count: 3500-5000
Genre: Middle Grade Historical – Adventure/Fantasy
Theme: Voyagers
Submissions accepted: May 1 - September 4, 2019
How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (double-spaced, no footers or headers), previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group.
 
The next #IWSGPit  will be in January 15, 2020
8:00 am - 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time

Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On January 15, Tweet your pitch. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query.

Many writers have seen their books published from a Twitter pitch - it’s a quick and easy way to put your manuscript in front of publishers and agents.
The next IWSG Day will be September 4th  
Sign up here.
September 4 question - If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?
 
The awesome co-hosts for the September 4 posting of the IWSG are Gwen Gardner, Doreen McGettigan, Tyrean Martinson, Chemist Ken, and Cathrina Constantine!
 
RULES: This group posts EVERY month. If you sign up and miss one first Wednesday, that's all right! Those who sign up just to advertise or miss two postings in a row will be removed so as not to waste group member's time. Please refrain from posting non-writing related tangents under the IWSG badge. We believe in freedom of speech, but please relate your post to the life of a writer in some fashion. Those who don’t will be given a warning. If done a second time, you will be removed from the blog hop list. Guest posts for IWSG Day are acceptable, but the post should address writing insecurities in some way. Thanks for respecting the purpose of this group!

Visit members. Return comments. Be respectful. And have FUN! 

Just Take a Walk 
Tyrean Martinson, IWSG Admin
What do you do when you hit a wall with your writing? When the words just come out wonky? Or you realized you haven’t written a word in two weeks and you find the blank page daunting?
You could take a walk. It’s a tried and true way to break your mind free of distractions and worries. Slow down – don’t try to speed walk! Just walk. Look for bright colors or soothing tones. Listen to the sounds around you – cars, planes, angry squirrels, the cooing of pigeons, or the raucous talk of crows. (I have some angry squirrels and proud hens in my neighborhood.) Look and listen for the unexpected, or just lose yourself in reflection. Don’t try to think about your WIP, characterization problems, or that horrid first draft, just walk. Pray, if you pray. Reflect.
Let your feet take you on familiar paths or somewhere new.
I always find peace of mind on a walk. Sometimes, I get a new idea or a solution to a writing problem while I’m a mile from home. Sometimes, I just feel energized or relaxed. In any case, I seem to be able to write more freely after a walk. And, I’m not the only writer in history to like walks. Some writers who have walked to free up their writing are: Henry David Thoreau, J.K. Rowling, Earnest Hemingway, Orson Scott Card, C. S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien.
You never know, maybe a walk in your neighborhood will give you an idea for your character’s journeys. As Alan Jacobs states in The Narnian, “…there is a great deal of walking in Narnia: in almost every book some of the characters set off on long journeys by foot ….Likewise, when considered from a certain point of view, The Lord of the Rings is hardly anything but friends going on long – really long – walks together.”
So, if you find yourself stalled out in your writing, just take a walk.

Our August/September book is Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice by Betsy Lerner.

Discussion Fun Day will be September 25, 2019.

Until then, enjoy this freebie created by one of our book club moderators, Juneta Key: Story Study Checklist

Click on the link to open and then save the PDF to your computer.

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August's WEP challenge is closed. While we wait to see who the winner is, you can start thinking about October's challenge. 
INDUSTRY EXPERT: 
Dave Chesson

One of the most common questions I get from readers is:

What's the best software for writers?

It’s a great question. Because while Google Docs or Microsoft Word are good enough for most beginners, these one-size-fits-all programs simply can’t compete with modern alternatives.

There are dozens of timesaving tools that can help writers work more productively and create a better finished product. To save you the time of trying them all yourself, I’ve put together a list of my personal favorites in categories like:

  • Outlining
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Formatting
  • Designing Covers
  • Marketing

I’ve also rounded up special discounts for many of the tools I mention to help you get the best deal possible. Just another perk of being a Kindlepreneur reader!

So take a look at my list below and discover which softwares can make you a more productive, effective writer:
Software for writers.

Dave Cheson is the man behind Kindlepreneur. He offers writers free tips and advice on all things dealing with publishing. Meet Dave and check out his blog and his podcasts if you'd like to stay informed. 

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Cathrina Constantin 
Cathrina is a talented author, a reviewer, and one of the guest ninjas this month.
Visit Cathrina and check out her books HERE. 

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