Wednesday, September 1, 2021

IWSG September - Are We There Yet?

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



Alex's awesome co-hosts this month
 are: 

Please stop by their blogs and say thank you

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Random fact... When searching for the September question to build this post, I noticed that IWSG also stands for Integrated Waste Solutions Group. I guess that means we either polish up our manuscripts, or they get flushed. LOL

September question: How do you define success as a writer? Is it holding your book in your hand? Having a short story published? Making a certain amount of income from your writing?

Holding the very first paperback copy of my debut novel was a high point in my life, right up there with holding my first child. The arrival of subsequent novels was exciting, too--more so than I thought it would be. I saw them all as measures of success and items that gave me a great sense of accomplishment. 

Getting good reviews is also something I view as a measure of success. I really sweated that when I published my debut. I suppose I will with every book I turn loose into the world, at least somewhat.

Now I've reached the place in my writing career where I want to grow it into a reliable source of income. Not my sole source, but a source big enough that I might retire early. Life keeps throwing obstacles in my way, but I'm determined to get back to writing regularly as soon as I possibly can.

Thanks for visiting.

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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, August 4, 2021

IWSG August - Being Crafty

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


Alex's awesome co-hosts this month
 are: 

 PK Hrezo, Cathrina Constantine, 

Please stop by their blogs and say thank you

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August question - What is your favorite writing craft book? Think of a book that every time you read it you learn something or you are inspired to write or try the new technique. And why?

I'm gonna be a real rebel this month. 

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

IWSG July 2021 - Write On

 This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post for July.



Alex's awesome co-hosts this month
 are: 

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

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Hope you all had a fun, safe Independence Day.




I did. :)

July's question is: What would make you quit writing?

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?

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.

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