Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Insecure Writer's Support Group: July 2016

It's the first Wednesday of the month, and you know what that means!  It's time for another meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group!  Alex J. Cavanaugh started this amazing group, and he's recruited the following minions to assist him this month: Yolanda Renee, Tyrean Martinson, Madeline Mora-Summonte, L.K. Hill, Rachna Chhabria, and J.A. Scott.

Be sure to check out the IWSG website!

I'd like to start by wishing my husband a happy birthday!  I also self-published my first novella a year ago today.  Yay for happy things!

I'm also happy that my latest novella Self-Help 101 or: How to Survive a Bombardment With Minimal Injury has received a couple of great reviews!  I'd like to thank all of my readers.  I love writing, and I also love it when people have a good experience reading something that I've written.  It's an amazing feeling!

This month we're going to start answering a question as part of our posts.  This month's question is: What's the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

I've gotten a lot of supportive comments from my husband and some family members, but right now, I'd like to focus on supportive comments I've gotten from teachers over the years. A good teacher can do a lot to inspire students, and I'm grateful to all of the amazing teachers I've had.

Throughout middle school and high school, I had teachers encourage me to keep writing.  One teacher said reading my stuff was like a breath of fresh air, and another said she expected to see my books on the New York Times Best Seller list.  I haven't gotten there yet, but it's good to know someone thought I had it in me.  Then in college, I had a professor who said I was one of the best writers she'd had in class.

Despite all of this encouragement, it's not always easy to keep going.  Being a writer is tough.  Still, without such kind words, who knows if I'd be where I am today?

What's the best thing someone has said about your writing?


  1. Just keep those comments in your mind and write on!

  2. You are so deserving of praise, Laura! You're an amazing writer with endless skill and I've no doubt endless stories!
    Wishing you the best, always!

  3. Without the teachers and a friend in high school who encouraged me, I might not have kept going. It's important to have encouragement early on!

  4. The college professor, that's epic. I was giggling and doing happy dances when a fan posted a meme on my Facebook account about how she was waiting for my debut novel to be turned into a movie. Happy times.

  5. Now that I think about it, I had a couple teachers who encouraged me to write.

  6. There is power in words. As writers we know this all too well. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  7. It's amazing the power that a few kind words can have - the best form of motivation!

  8. I hadn't of it for awhile, but I had a few teachers in middle and high school who were very supportive of my writing. Even the weird, horrific stuff. Maybe they saw something in me, maybe they were just being nice because they were afraid of the weird awkward kid who wrote stories about murderous Halloween decorations coming to life.

  9. Being a writer is certainly tough, but the most rewarding career in my opinion. Teachers can be a great encouragement (as well as the opposite!) I loved it, but it was also cringe-worthy, when my English teacher used to read my stories out in class. I knew even then that I'd be a writer...and a teacher...who encourages her students too!

    Have a great month! I must get your novellas read/reviewed. Promises. Promises. But I'll try...:-)

  10. Yay for happy things! It's great to see the impact of teachers on the lives of writers. Not only do they pass on knowledge, they give encouragement too.

  11. Teachers have more impact on a child's confidence and motivation than anyone else does. Glad you're still being creative.