Support for Writers

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group

February 2 question – Is there someone who supported or influenced you that perhaps isn’t around anymore? Anyone you miss?

Support for Writers

Throughout my writing career, I’ve had some terrific supporters. The best.

I’ve named them before in past blogs and posts: friends, other writers, librarians, bookstore owners.

The group we can’t forget, though, are the readers. You as a reader provide the best kind of support when you buy our books and leave reviews.

I love your reviews.

There is nothing like a word-of-mouth review or testimonial, but written reviews, on Goodreads or Amazon are gold and help other readers find us.

Thank you for your support.


urpose: 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.

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting.


About Diana Stout

Screenwriter, author, former English professor
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10 Responses to Support for Writers

  1. nancygideon says:

    Yes! I had a critique group but it wasn’t until I had a group of readers that I really began to grow as a writer. A BIG thank you to all the readers who take time to give feedback!!


  2. Diana Stout says:

    Thanks for commenting, Nancy! I’ve thanked individuals who supported my writing so many times over the years, it felt redundant to do it again, I agree with your comment about the readers helping us grow as writers.


  3. You are so right! And this is the first blog I saw that–inspiration from readers. Kudos to you.

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  4. Marie Sexton says:

    Oh, now I wish I had thought to mention readers in my post as well!! LOL


  5. Diana Stout says:

    Marie, you can always to an addendum reply. 😉 Thanks for commenting.


  6. Arlee Bird says:

    Readers is a good point. I used to leave a lot of reviews, but kind of slacked off on them. I need to start doing book reviews again, but then that means I need to start reading again. I’ve been reading a book for over a month now. I’ll really have to review it after I finish it. Someday.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    • Diana Stout says:

      Thanks for visiting, Arlee. I know exactly what you’re talking about. I find it easy to leave reviews on Goodreads since I use the site frequently to track what I’m reading. Plus, I’ve learned my reviews don’t have to be long either. Hoping you’re able to get back to reading and reviewing again soon.


  7. Let’s not forget the response from live audiences –what a buzz!–and from random strangers whose eyes light up when they hear your name. They show you that your words have affected them. These interactions thrill me still.

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