Insecure Writers’ Support Group


It’s time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. How does it work?

To quote from the website here

“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!
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!”
I’ll be in work today -again- so I’ll have to catch up with everyones posts later. This month the optional question is:

 What’s harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?

I’ve always found thinking of character names tricky. Even when I research on online sites it takes me some time to decide on the right name. One year during NaNoWriMo my character was called ‘Friend’ all the way through because I couldn’t think of a name.

I can’t really say anything about book titles. I haven’t finished any yet. I struggle equally with short story titles. But these are the least of my worries, generally finishing a story to a good standard (or just finishing it) is enough of a challenge at the moment.

I was recently reminded about the Name Generator on Scrivener, I think I read it on the Scrivener Virgin page but I can’t find it now. (One thing on my writing to do list which I never get around to is: learn how to use Scrivener and read the info on that website). I found more info on this site http://www.atfmb.com/2012/01/23/scrivener-quick-tip-name-generator/

If you go into the ‘Tools’ drop down menu and then onto ‘writing tools’ you will find this little box. You can select the letter the name will start with and male or female.


I’ve always used babyname websites in the past- discreetly- there’s some websites that allow you to search for names by meanings: http://www.meaning-of-names.com/search/ I often use this website http://www.20000-names.com/ because it has fantasy names and deity names which is helpful if you’re writing something that fits that genre.

At the moment I need to focus more on finishing stories and then I’ll worry about these types of problems.

Facebook reminded me yesterday that it’s been three years since I won the writing competition, that flew and I’ve done nothing since. I really need to do something. Thanks for the knock down Facebook. I am so tired of not being productive and complaining about it. I can only keep trying, though I do feel like waving a flag with the word ‘help’ on it. I really fit the description of Insecure Writer.

Keep trying and thinking positive…. Use this little reminder (thanks Facebook!!!) to spur me on. Work brain work.

8 thoughts on “Insecure Writers’ Support Group”

  1. Can’t say either is easy haha Coming up with names for titles and characters is hard. I think names might be a little harder for me personally. Can’t quite say why. Focusing on finishing stories great id say bc you can have a great name but if there’s no story then what’s the point 🤗

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  2. I don’t know how many times my characters have had to go through the story as MH (main hero) or BF (best friend) until they finally got a name.
    Three years goes by quick, doesn’t it?

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