Wednesday, September 4, 2013

IWSG: My Gutsy Story



Today is the two year Anniversary of Alex Cavanaugh’sInsecure Writers Support Group, a group focusing on encouraging other writers. Please take the time to check out other posts made by the members of this group and if you want to join, you are most welcome!

For two years now I have been a loyal member of this group, posting every first Wednesday of the month, and to be honest with you I am running out of things to say. I feel like I have covered every aspect of a writer’s self-doubt because I have been there first hand. We all have.

Today I want to share my inspiration for taking my writing seriously. I had been writing in a journal for years but my decision to do more started with blogging which led me to Sonia Marsh and my first published story in an Anthology called My Gutsy Story which is now available in hard print on Amazon. My gutsy story was inspired by a post that I had made on my blog called Lost and Found. Many of you may remember the journey we made together as I wrote about the son I had rediscovered and the daughter I was getting to know all over again.

Inspiration is the keystone to following your dream. The ability to share with words your hopes and fears will never let you down. I want to thank every one of you for your encouragement which has led me to be published in 4 anthologies and my own book.

What has inspired you to write?

Congratulations Alex on two years of an amazing group.

Minnie is a bit late this time but she will be here on Friday for those that want to play with words. Until then, have a great week!

23 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations! I remember when you met your grown son for the first time. (Wow, has it been that long?)
Running out of things to say? Impossible. Besides, you just said something...

Yolanda Renee said...

Congratulations for sharing your amazing journey. You are an inspiration!

Go Alex, and the IWSG!

I still haven't signed up for your blogfest - I'm beyond stretched, but do want to fit it in.

Love that poster!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Like Alex said, you just discovered something about which to write! :-)

It is getting hard for me as well if that is any consolation.

The ghost of Hemingway applauds you for your courage of that gutsy story. He and I both remember it well.

Of course since October 9th is my birthday as well, I can't pass up your blogfest!

Morgan said...

Two years??? Amazing. And Siv, I need to go back and read all your other IWSG posts then... If you run out of things to say, I say just repost for those of us who are newer to the group! You always have wonderful words of wisdom!

stu said...

I'm glad you've been able to find inspiration, and yes, it can be a problem when you feel like you've said everything.

Stephen Tremp said...

I find inspiration everywhere I go. I wake up inspired to write and promote. Its a great place to be when self inspired.

Karen Walker said...

I absolutely remember when you wrote about re-connecting with your son, Siv. And it was truly inspirational.

Bish Denham said...

To reconnect with your kids... priceless. As for inspiration, I find it in the blogging community. You guys have be great!

Stephen Tremp said...

And I just signed up for your Blogfest!

Samantha May said...

I'm not sure that I would have ever started writing if I was not inspired!

So glad you visited this week! New follower right here :)

Carole Anne Carr said...

Good to hear your news, Siv. What inspired me? Different for everyone, but in my case, a lonely childhood, the grown-ups concerned about the bombs that were falling in our part of London, so anything to occupy myself.

Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

Lovely story. And yes, some days I feel I have nothing to say but somedays I just think no one will want to hear it. Congrats on being a lifer!

Judith said...

Congratulations on moving from inspiration to accomplishment!

J.L. Campbell said...

Siv, it's wonderful when you can track your progress over time. Here's to your continued growth.

Suzanne Furness said...

Time flies doesn't it? So glad you have found this group a help in your writing journey.Will be back Friday for Minnie!

Marilyn Parel said...

Sounds as if you're on quite a journey. Congrats. Visiting blogs today as a new member of the IWSG.

Christine Rains said...

Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. Wow. I find inspiration in the little things, and yes, my son inspires me too. :)

E.J. Wesley said...

Very well said, Siv! A burning desire to share your words with others is what will see you through all of the ups and downs of writing. :)

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Siv
I'm glad this journey brought you to Colorado and we got to meet. Some day perhaps I'll come to your corner of the world. If I haven't already offered my congratulations on your published work I do so now.
Nancy

Michael Di Gesu said...

Also during that time, you found your long,lost cyber bro and I found my cyber sis!

We've certainly had an incredible journey!

Donna Hole said...

You've had an amazing journey. Congrats on the new release; and the blogfest sounds like fun.

....dhole

Cathrina Constantine said...

Congratulations on an amazing journey with many more paths to travel.

Morgan Dragonwillow said...

I am new to the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Lately I have been questioning my sanity around wanting to be a writer and poet; whether I really have what it takes. So here I am, reaching out and about to do my first check in (even though it is late in the month) and still taking it one day at a time.

Congratulations on your journey. It is nice to see that this group has helped you so much.