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February WEP Theme Contest Winner

We ran a contest to determine the theme of the February WEP Challenge, and our winner was...drumroll...

Toinette Thomas!

The February theme will be 28 Days. A lot can happen in 28 days. To see next year's themes, go to the WEP site.

The prize for winning this contest was a feature in the newsletter. Here's a wonderful feature piece from Toinette:

When I introduce myself online, I tell people, “I’m an author, blogger, interviewer, and sometimes vlogger.” There’s one thing I always forget to mention- something that’s more me than anything else. I’m a book lover. 

The older I get the more my writing comforts me and the more I move away from publishing. The desire to publish my work is only fueled by the desire to share my stories. In the same vein, I love that blogging connects me to others who share this habit and will always find a place for blogging in my life. My vlogging efforts continue to be an ebb and flow of available time and interest; I’ll do it when I can.  But my heart, next to God and family, is reading. 

My dream is to start a book fair in my local area- to share this passion with others. I recently released two books, “Aint Nobody Got Time for Book Reviews” and “Carnie Loves Books,” to help raise funds for this effort. Carnie the Bookworm is a mascot I created to share my love of books with. If you too are a book lover, I hope you’ll check out these books and wish me well on my journey.  

You can find Toinette at the following links:

The ToiBox of Words
Lit Carnivale

The next IWSG Day will be December 5
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OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: What are five objects we'd find in your writing space?
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! 


Our book selection for December/January is:

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I hope this book inspires you, and with the holiday season upon us we could all surely use a little bit of magic, but this book has some BIG magic. Enjoy! The discussion will start January 23, 2019 and will go to the end of the month, but it will be up indefinitely, so you can hop in whenever you're able.

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Member News:

Congratulations go out to the following IWSG'ers:

- Francine Garson released her debut novel, Things!

- Elsie Amata released Steps Along Our Shore: Learning to Communicate After the Disclosure of My Husband's Pornography & Sex Addiction !

- Mary Montague Sikes released Spirit Visions Soul Songs!

- Sean McLachlan released Tangier Bank Heist: An Interzone Mystery

- Juliana Haygert released Soul Wanderer, Book 4 in The Fire Heart Chronicles series!

Way to go, everyone!

If you want your news shared in our next issue, email a short tidbit with one link to Shannon at
Letter From the Editor:

Hi there! I've been doing the newsletter for several months now, and figure now that I have the basics down it's time to ask for feedback on what else you might like included. If you have suggestions, I'd love to hear them. 

What would you like to see that isn't in the newsletter right now? Would you lik articles from writers who aren't necessarily industry experts otherwise? Do you want occasional articles from someone with an interesting job you might be interested in incorporating in your stories (such as a minister or an FBI profiler)? Book recommendations? Anything else you can think of? Or do you like it just the way it is?

Feel free to shoot me an email any time at I look forward to hearing from you.

Our next IWSG Twitter Pitch will be January 15, 2019! Rules are available on the website.

Congratulations to the October WEP winners (click on the story titles/names to read the entries!):

1st Place: Kalpanaa, with her story Why Leap?
Runner Up: Jemi Fraser, with her story Deja Vu
Encouragement Award: Susan Swiderski
Comments Champion: Michelle Wallace

As always, there were so many fantastic entries! I don't envy the judges.

The next WEP challenge will take place in December, with the theme Ribbons and Candles.

Also, a reminder: You can now participate via Facebook if you don't have a blog. Just link it to the badge we'll post that day!

- 4 Benefits of Joining a Writing Group

- Determining Your Character's Emotional Range

- 7 Stress-Free Ways to Handle Notes From Your Book Editor

- How Do I Find My Writing Voice?

- Build Creative Muscles - Through Play!

- How to Study Fiction, Part 3: Productivity and Speed, Part 1

- Using Amazon Ads to Sell a YA Novel: A Detailed Analysis

- Building a Platform to Land a Book Deal: Why It Often Fails

- Agent Tips - From Querying to Accepting an Offer

- How to Choose Your Writing Genre - A High Level Overview

- Cleaning Up Those POV Breaks

- Dive Deep Into Dialogue

- What's the Real Truth About Writing Nonfiction?

- Why Literature Needs Psychology

- Why You Should Aim for 100 Rejections a Year

J.H. Moncrieff is a horror author, career coach, and developmental editor. She posts about true crimes, hauntings, and other freaky things, and has several books out, including a successful series. She's always supportive at IWSG time. If you're into the mysterious and ooky, visit her at her website.
The First Draft
By Linda R. Young

I recently asked our Facebook IWSG group to share their favorite writing advice. The one piece of helpful advice that was mentioned most often and stood out from the rest was about the dreaded first draft. And here it is: It’s okay to have a messy first draft. It can be a complete disaster, but that doesn’t mean it was a waste of time. Its most important function is to simply exit.
Anything can be fixed if we first have the words written.
The first draft is there to order our thoughts, to discover our characters, to find their motivation, to head down possible routes. It’s about discovery and taking risks. It’s about exploring ideas. It’s not about perfect sentences or stunning description, or finding the right phrase, or even getting the grammar right. I’ve written whole drafts without knowing the main character’s name. Those little details can be worked out later.
So don’t stress if that first draft is an amorphous puddle of slush. Let nothing stop you and keep writing. The revision stage is where the real magic is born.
From the IWSG blog this month:

- How to Get the Review You Want - Ethically

- IWSG Day November 2018 and the End of Another Contest

- Using the Theory of the Iceberg

- Write Tomorrow

- How to Build a Rocking Character Profile




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