#IWSG November 2016: What’s so great about being a writing & supporting #teachers.


Created and hosted by the Ninja himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writers Support Group posts the 1st Wednesday of every month. Click the image to learn more or sign up.

Monthly Question: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?


Considering I mostly write fiction, I’d say I love the fact that I get to make stuff up to express thoughts, ideas, and more. I like that I can write stories that I want to read, even if I do need lots of help perfecting them for public consumption. But, at my very core, writing is something I have to do to feel complete. Even if I never published anything, I think I’d still be writing. Writing just for writing sake and providing myself with something to read is the best thing about being a writer.

I will say, though, I also like the fact that writing has opened me up to new and welcoming communities of like-minded people. It’s nice to now have a community of readers who also like to write… And, I love how much more involved I’ve become in supporting others since I started writing. It’s not like I didn’t care or give to certain causes before I started writing, but I feel like I give more now. I usually give whatever I would normally give, plus I always seem to be getting involved in fundraisers for causes where I donate my books.

Even now, I’m running a giveaway of my own to support classroom teachers with cash for their class. If you want to know more click here. In an effort to spread the word, I’m also putting together a blog tour where authors and bloggers get to share how books and teachers have made a difference in their life. If you are interested in supporting a classroom teacher, please consider joining my very simple blog tour.


What do you like about being a writer?
Will you consider my blog tour or giveaway?
Also, check out my side panel to see the trailers I made for my new children’s books.


After hanging out with Alex, be sure to stop by and visit this month’s co-hosts:
Joylene Nowell Butler,
Jen Chandler,
Mary Aalgaar,
Lisa Buie Collard,
Tamara Narayan,
Tyrean Martinson, and
Christine Rains!


Click here to visit other IWSG blogs and sites to receive and share more inspiration and support. (This month, I’m #71).

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

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Toi Thomas

I like reading, writing, cooking, dancing, movies, and music. I'm a big kid and choose to see the world in my own special way. Yes, I'm educated, but I haven't let that stop me from being who I want to be. I'm a wife, teacher, author, blogger, and more.

13 thoughts on “#IWSG November 2016: What’s so great about being a writing & supporting #teachers.”

      1. It was very isolated. I would never have become a writer, because I didn’t know I could. I probably would be very lonely, since I don’t have many friends locally, and there are friends you make because they’re nice and you live near them, and friends you make because you think alike.
        And that was only the 1980s!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. I don’t know what I’d do without this community.

  1. Toi, I too enjoy writing the stories that are within me so that other may reads them. And yes, the ISWG is an amazing community.
    Shalom aleichem,

  2. What a great idea, Toi! You’ve got such a big heart.

    I honestly like almost everything about being a writer. I love telling stories and watching characters come to life and do their own thing. I love the writing community, both online and in person. I love meeting readers and getting to know them. I love the actual act of writing, and after criticism, dusting myself off and going back in with the vow to be even better the next time.

    Every milestone, from seeing my name on a book cover to having people find it in a book store and send me a photo to my first reading, has made me feel so grateful and blessed to be a part of this world. I used to think I wanted to be Stephen King, but so far being J.H. Moncrieff has been pretty damn awesome!

    1. I hear what you’re saying. Even the hard parts that can sometimes be frustrating end up making me a better writer. It’s all part of something greater, a genuine love to write.

  3. You’re right about the slew of people out there that I’ve found and love talking to on a regular basis – about writing and other stuff. It’s great to find people that support you through the hard times, as well.
    Thanks for being one of them, Toi! Your comments always mean a lot to me.

    I’m desperately trying to remember whether I had a suitable ‘teacher experience’ so I can join in… working on it!

    1. I too also look forward to your short fiction and comments. Means a lot… And I do hope you’ll join in to praise books and teachers.

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