Friday, June 4, 2021

Bye Bye Feedburner

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

IWSG June - Shelf Life

 This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post for June 2021.


Alex's awesome co-hosts this month
 are: 

 J Lenni Dorner, Sarah Foster, 
Please stop by their blogs and say thank you



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June 2nd question - For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?

I have enough writing experience that my first draft is now much closer to the published version than in the early days of my writing journey. That said, it's still good to let my WIP sit before going back for an editing pass. A couple of weeks to a month is usually enough.

(Newbies, take heart. My first novel, An Honorable Man, was shelved and edited multiple times over nearly a decade before it was published.) 

Because I work full-time at a regular job, I write when I can. I rarely have to plan shelvings. I get forced breaks from drafting. If I've been away for a long time, I go back and do a read-through to re-orient myself to the details of the story.

One thing that has improved my distance and my objectivity greatly is to type a symbol to mark the place I stopped writing (I use ***). That way I can doc-search the WIP when I open it up and go straight to that location. Doing this keeps me from reading as I scroll and getting caught up in endless editing loops.

What about you?

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IWSG is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. It's a monthly bloghop that offers a safe haven for writers to express their feelings and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. It's also a venue for offering  support, both in the form of comments and positive posts. Writers of all kinds are welcome. 

We 'meet' the first Wednesday of every month. If you're interested in learning more, click on the link above. And don't be intimidated by the size of the group. We're not expected to visit everyone on the list

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

IWSG May - Blogger behaving badly

  This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post for May 2021.



Alex's awesome co-hosts this month
 are: 

Erika Beebe, PJ Colando, 
Please stop by their blogs and say thank you



I owe you all an apology. 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

IWSG April 2021 - Risky Business

 This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post for April.



Alex's awesome co-hosts this month
 are: 

 PK Hrezo, Pat Garcia,
Please stop by their blogs and say thank you



My insecurity for this month is that my office is not unpacked yet. I love my new house, but I miss writing.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

IWSG - February 2021

 This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post for February.



Alex's awesome co-hosts this month
 are: 

Louise - Fundy Blue , 
Please stop by their blogs and say thank you


February 3rd question: Blogging is often more than sharing stories. It's often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?

Heck yeah! Although one of my longest-running friendships came first, before the blogging. I met Carrie Butler on a writer's site when I was looking for a CP. Being a marketing major, she drop-kicked me into nudged me to start blogging right before one of Rachael Harrie's Platform-Building campaigns. That grew my following fast. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

IWSG - January 2021

 This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post for January.



Alex's awesome co-hosts this month
 are: 

Ronel Janse van Vuuren ,
Please stop by their blogs and say thank you


Aren't you glad it's FINALLY 2021?
I am. 
Here's hoping for a better year.

January 6 question - Being a writer, when you're reading someone else's work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people's books?

Oh my. I almost decided to skip this month's optional question. I'm not sure you will want me to answer. My comments might stir up insecurities rather than calm them.

Keep in mind that I freelance as an editor. What makes me good at that makes me a picky reader.

Melissa's Naughty List

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

IWSG December

This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post for December 2020.



Alex's awesome co-hosts this month
are: 

Pat Garcia,
Please stop by their blogs and say thank you


December question: Are there months or times of the year that you are more productive with your writing than other months, and why?


Yes. Most definitely.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

IWSG November

This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post for November.


Alex's awesome co-hosts this month
are: 
Jemi Fraser, 
and 

Please stop by their blogs and say thank you


November 4 question: 
Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Conner said, “I write to discover what I know.” Authors across time and distance have had many reasons to write. 

Why do you write what you write?