IWSG – Where Do I Go From Here?

IWSGThanks to the encouragement of ninja captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, I am putting aside my top level of insecurity (that would be the one that has prevented me from joining this amazing support group before today) and stepping in the circle.

Are you wondering what brought me here?  Plain and simple, confusion and a basic wonder if I have a clue what I am doing.  I sure spend enough time at it.

After we returned from our 2012 around the world adventure, I was pumped up and ready to write my first book.  My daily journal of 71k words seemed like a good place to start.  My AtoZ challenge posts focusing only on travel tips added another 10k words after I edited out all that was blog only.  And that’s it. No more.  Nothing.

My Things to Do List stares at me, mocking me, offering me 100 alternatives to writing my book.  Some are useful like writing this post, others just fill my time.

When I am not “doing,” I am thinking.  Lately my thoughts have been dominated with wondering where I am going with all of this; why my blog is still called Laugh Quotes when the focus has shifted twice, first from its origin of funny t-shirts (this lasted only a few months) to humor/lifestyle, and now to the fun side of travel, adventure and expat life in New Zealand; and if my blog is called Laugh Quotes, why is its Facebook support page not called that, but rather “Things Which Make Me Laugh.”

I guess I should add to my list of things to do: “review rules on run-on sentences.”

How I got here is a long story to be saved for another day, or never.

What I hope to get from IWSG is simply:

  • That comforting feeling that I am not alone.  (not in the misery loves company sort of way, but rather in knowing that we all feel insecure at times, even those bloggers and novelists I read that always seem to have it all together.)
  • Direction – Where do I start?
  • Recommendations: Should I change the blog name? If not, should I start a new Facebook fan page called “Laugh Quotes”  or keep going with the current one that has 10K followers? (FB won’t let me change the name, I tried.)

On the bright side, my blog name isn’t as stupid as the pen name I picked when I did my very first on-line writing on Squidoo, which is Pukeko (a purple swamp hen from New Zealand):


If you haven’t come across IWSG before and are wondering what it is, I would recommend taking a visit to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.   It’s a group created by fearless leader Alex to give writers an opportunity to “release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic.” Participants post on the first Wednesday of every month, which just happens to still be today in America.

Big congratulations to Alex and his team (Joy Campbell, Michelle Wallace, Joylene Nowell Butler Susan Gourley/Kelley, L. Diane Wolfe, and Lynda Young) for the launch of the new Insecure Writer’s Support Group website and Facebook page. Alex is the author of the exciting Cassa Series:CassaFireCassaStar and Cassastorm.

Thanks Alex, that little note of encouragement was all I needed.  Now I can spend the rest of the day stressing about the fact that I wrote a post that is neither funny, travel, expat or loaded with photos!

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  1. says

    Keep your blog as is – you’re established here.
    Maybe you need to go back and read what you wrote. That might get you excited about it again.
    And welcome to the IWSG! You couldn’t be in a better place.

  2. says

    You know, I’ve played around with my Julie Luek blog a couple of times. I’m still not completely settled on where I’m going with it. I don’t think there’s any harm. If I had a book out and readers were coming to read it, I might be more concerned about consistency, but while you’re still on that journey, I’m not sure in the long run, it makes much difference. I’ve morphed the style of writing on my A Thought Grows blog a couple times, although basically kept it a writerly type blog.
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  3. says

    I’m not a writer and I was stressing myself to no end on on weekly writing exercise and this week I made the decision to eliminate that stress. I feel great.

    Now you write very well so I can see you doing this. I know you’ll do it well too.

    Have a fabulous day. :)
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  4. Diane Burton says

    I like the title of your blog. I’m sure most writers have asked themselves that question. Good for you for taking the plunge and joining IWSG. What a great group. Wishing you the best.

  5. says

    That is a conundrum. I guess I’d keep the name as long as it stays true to what you write. Is what you’re writing funny- if so keep the name. You know how long it takes to get that many followers it would be a shame to lose touch with them, but also a shame to keep followers who are expecting comedy when you plan on writing something completely different.
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  6. says

    Yay! You came to the right place, Rhonda. I’m glad you jumped aboard. I was insecure about joining the group too, so insecure that I asked Alex, “How is writer defined?” (That is, I didn’t think I qualified.) His response: anyone who writes is a writer.

    My advice: Don’t worry so much about destination. It’s about the journey. Your direction and goals will change along the way, and that’s just part of the process.

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  7. says


    “The one thing constant is change.” – Heraclitus

    It sounds to me as if you’re on a journey like many heroes and heroines in our books. You wake up one day and realize the perfect world isn’t what you thought it to be, grab your tools, gain the support of friends, and journey forth. Even with our support, you will ultimately have to choose the path you take.

    Sometimes in my journey I feel lost and afraid. I look to others, and with their experience and support, gain knowledge and strength to fight the battles I face and continue. I’ve made many changes since I began and have finally grown into my writer’s skin.

    And I keep growing, and growing, and growing every day. Soon, I’ll be looking for real estate atop beanstalks. Welcome to the group! :)
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  8. says

    Hi Rhonda .. I don’t do the ISWG – but seem to comment – I agree with Alex – your blog is established … and fun – what more can we want .. are you taking off again …

    Perhaps we can follow you on your writing journey – and see your book unfurl …

    Cheers Hilary
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  9. Elise Fallson says

    I like your blog and your humor but if you feel like you need to change, then go for it. Life changes, people change and sometimes we need to see that reflected in our writing and in our blogs. It’s a personal choice. As for the, 100 things to do besides writing, I have the same list too! Except some days it feels like it’s over 200. :)

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