It’s that time of the month again, first Wednesday, which means, it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group:

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.



I’ve been writing almost every day and, even with the holidays, I’m up to over 22,000 words on my WIP. Not really sure if I’m close to the end on this novella or if I’m just past the middle; it depends on a lot of things. But I’m happy with the progress and I’m hoping to be done by the end of the month.


JANUARY’S QUESTION: What writing rule you wish you’d never heard of?
I can’t say there’s a writing rule I wish I’d never heard of, but there certainly are a few I’m glad I found out, namely how to write in deep POV. I remember when a beta reader for a chapter I was entering in a contest pointed out to me all the filter verbs and said how these pulled the reader from the action. I’d never come across that before so I started research filter verbs which in turn brought me to deep POV, and it was like a new world opened up. My writing has become so much stronger since I started paying attention to eliminating filter verbs for a stronger deep POV.


Insecure Writer #79


  • Michelle AthyJanuary 4, 2017 - 1:02 PM

    You know, I hadn’t heard about filtering POVs until I joined a writing forum. It made a difference, but I still find myself putting in filtering verbs by habit and having to edit them out and I’m not 100% sure I’m actually writing in deep POV all the time.

    Hence, editing.ReplyCancel

  • Alex J. CavanaughJanuary 4, 2017 - 6:29 PM

    Filter verbs. I learned something new today!
    You’re making great progress – keep writing.ReplyCancel

  • Doreen McGettiganJanuary 4, 2017 - 9:06 PM

    I forgot all about those filter verbs! Thank you for the reminder. Happy New Year and best wishes with accomplishing your 2017 writing goals!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon LawrenceJanuary 8, 2017 - 1:51 AM

    Congratulations on your progress! Oy, now I feel like I need to go research filter verbs.ReplyCancel

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