This week's co-hosts are M. Pax, Tracy Blowers, Randi Lee, Feather Stone, and Rachna Chhabria. AND ME! I volunteered (what was I thinking? ^_~ Kidding, I love IWSG.) Go visit them and give them some IWSG love.
Since I'm a co-host this month, I thought I'd talk about why IWSG is important to me. (I was going to do a combo post with Chrys Fey's book, but thought maybe I shouldn't as a co-host. You can find her post here.)
If not for the Internet, writing would be a very lonely thing for me. In real life, I am way too shy to talk to people face to face. Find a writer's group and join? Why not ask me to jump into a fire. It will be more likely to happen. Hiding behind a computer screen is easy. People can't derail what I'm trying to say by interrupting. Plus, if they say something mean or not reply at all, I don't have to look at their face. I can block or mute. Forget them. Real life it's not as easy.
Even then, I still get nervous when it comes to people. I hesitate to engage because of the reasons above it's easier to talk to people online. With IWSG, I found I'm not the only one who gets scared and wants to hide. Being terrified of people reading my writing is the norm. Lots of writers have it, and for one day, they rally around each other because of it.
I've had some bad days and IWSG was a safe haven to talk about it (because it usually was writing related or I could make it relate to writing.) I didn't have to worry about people trying to fix what was wrong. They shared similar stories and told me it was okay to feel that way. It's perfectly normal to be insecure. I needed to be reminded of that. Constantly. At least once a month.
So, thank you IWSG. Keep it up. And everyone else, keep writing. <3