Major Life Events & Writing #IWSG

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

Stop by and say hello to the awesome co-hosts for the October 3 posting:

Dolorah, Tanya Miranda, Chemist Ken, and Christopher D. Votey.

Optional Question this Month:

How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?

As long as I can remember I’ve wanted to write historical fiction. Working as a journalist for many years I had little time to write for myself. However, I did compile mass piles of notes, in notebooks.

A year after my brother was murdered in a random road rage attack my daughter was reading through my journal and asked me to make that my first book.

Writing a memoir was never part of my plan. I thought about it, spoke with my family and decided the story had to be told.

My baby brother, David.

It was difficult to write and I had to take mental health breaks. Although I sat through every court proceeding and the trial, going through court transcripts there was so much that happened behind the scenes that I wasn’t aware of.

The process was heartbreaking but the end result was healing.

While I was writing that book my husband came across a homeless woman.

She fell in front of him one night. Not knowing what to do with her, he brought her home. When the 80-year-old frail woman walked through my front door, I knew my life would be changed forever and it was. Sophie lived with us for 3-years and begged me to write her story the entire time. Another memoir was born.

Sophie, the Stranger in my Recliner.

My husband asked me to tell his son’s story. John died of suicide at 17.

I agreed 100% this story needs to be told.

The numbers of teen and veteran suicide is unacceptable and needs to be talked about. This 3rd memoir is 75% written. As difficult as the story is to tell, it feels extremely important.

So yes; major life events have absolutely affected my writing and most definitely has helped me not only get through but have helped me and other family members to heal. The most important thing for me in telling these stories is the comforting feeling of knowing our loved ones will never be forgotten.

Last month I started an outline for a historical fiction series. I am so excited!

Please say a quick prayer that nothing traumatic happens in my life in the meantime.

Happy writing everyone,

Doreen

I’m Sorry September…

Insecure Writers Support Group

Our 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. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

I’m sorry September it isn’t personal.

No matter how hard I try to keep from getting behind in my writing over the summer, I get behind. Every year on September 1, I feel anxious, overwhelmed and like a failure.

I do feel all of those things today but I’m also giving myself a big fat pass.

It occurred to me yesterday that while I was sitting on the beach a few weeks ago I had the best ideas for a novel I’ve been outlining for a few months. The characters, scenes and location came to me so easily. Of course I didn’t write any of it down. I do remember most of it and if I get stuck I think I’ll head back to the beach with a notebook or at least my phone this time.

What was different about that beach visit on that day was I completely unplugged for the entire day.

My husband and I both left our phones behind. We talked, napped and daydreamed. I realize now that we both desperately needed that break. Moving forward I’m going to consider the summer my charger. It will be time well wasted. I will however make a point of carrying an old fashioned pen and notebook wherever I go.

Once we got in the car to head home both of our voicemails were full.

Our grandson (15), who lives with us and did not want to go to the beach that day broke his bedroom doorknob and got trapped in his room, my husband who works at a car dealership had issues with a vehicle delivery that didn’t go well and a publisher I work with needed an immediate answer about an illustration for one of my clients books.

We wanted to scream.

One by one we called everyone. My husband’s delivery issue was handled satisfactorily by a coworker. Our grandson called a relative that lives close by and was rescued (but shut the door and was trapped again,) and the publisher called the illustrator. What a relief to be able to laugh about all the drama we missed.

Do you take time to recharge your creative batteries? Do you feel guilty when you do?

Be sure to stop by and thank our hardworking co-hosts:

Toi Thomas, T. Powell Coltrin, M.J. Fifield, and Tara Tyler!

Happy Writing,

Doreen

 

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Are You Guilty of Road Rage?

Are you guilty of Road Rage? Have you been a victim of Road Rage?

Road rage attacks seem to happen in multiples in my area. I can’t help but wonder why. Is it the weather, the time of year, the time of day, the position of the moon that causes this volatile behavior?

Whenever I hear or read the words road rage my body stiffens and my heart starts to race. My brother, musician David Albert was beaten to death in a road rage attack. His crime was stopping at every stop sign and looking both ways. It happened on a beautiful tree-lined street in the small town of Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania.

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Baby Carter

Happy Release Day Baby Carter

Dina is one of the first writers I connected with when I started blogging. That was 8oo+ posts ago. Since then we’ve actually met in real life and she is lovely.

I’m also a fan. I loved Baby Grand and Baby Bailino and have been anxiously awaiting the next book, Baby Carter. 

I highly recommend this series.

ABOUT the Author

Voted one of the best Long Island authors for two consecutive years, Dina Santorelli is the author of the Baby Grand Trilogy, a contemporary thriller series. She has been a freelance writer for 20 years and has written frequently about parenting, travel, entertainment, pop culture, and the military. Dina currently serves as the executive editor of Salute and Family magazines for which she has interviewed many celebrities, such as Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Mara, Michael Strahan, Norman Reedus, Vince Vaughn, James Gandolfini, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, and Kevin Bacon. Since 2010, she has collaborated on a variety of nonfiction titles, and her book Daft Punk: A Trip Inside the Pyramid has been published in several languages. Dina also lectures for Hofstra University’s Continuing Education Department and is a SELF-e Ambassador for the Library Journal. For more information about Dina, visit her website.

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I’m wearing white every day…

Fall Reading

As of August 1st I’ve wanted to wear white every day, visit local parks, the beach and the hot dog and hamburger cravings are crazy. I’m such a summer person and I won’t give it up easily but I’m also a planner and it’s time to fill my fall book shelf. Normally I’m a scaredy cat but my #FallReading has to be scary or at least mysterious.

The first book in my #FallReading to be read pile is The Brown House. For me the title screams fall and scary and it’s based on a real house!

Meet the Author

Christy Sloat  is a California girl that resides in New Jersey with her husband, two young daughters and her Chihuahua, Sophie. She has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother’s loving support. Christy loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. She is the bestselling author of thirteen novels including, The Librarian, The Visitors Series, The Past Lives Series and the award-winning Slumber Duology.

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It’s Time for Another #IWSG

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group!

Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month and encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

 

Be sure to stop by and thank the awesome co-hosts for today: Erika Beebe, Sandra Hoover, Susan Gourley, and Lee Lowery! 

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post.

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Welcome July!

Welcome July!

It’s another month and time for another posting of the #InsecureWritersSupportGroup. Whether you are looking for support, advice or a few hundred friends this is the place and we are your people!

You are welcome to join us!

The awesome co-hosts for the July 3 posting of the IWSG are

Nicki Elson, Juneta Key, Tamara Narayan, and Patricia Lynne! Be sure to stop by, say hi and thank them.

There is big #IWSG news this month!

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It’s Insecure Writers Support Group Day…

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers  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 theInsecure 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.

Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

To find out more about the IWSG or to join us [please do] visit:

http://www.theinsecurewriterssupportgroup.com

The Question of the month (optional) is:

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

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The Five Year Marriage…

I’m  happy to introduce you to one of my favorite people, the mother of modern marriage Annmarie Kelly. Her latest book The Five Year Marriage is a game changer!

*Be sure to leave  a comment for a chance to win a copy of the book!

The Author:

As the founder of The Victorious Woman Project and author of Victorious Woman and Victory by Design, she excels at shaping life’s challenges into victories. Annmarie built a successful business, Skillbuilder Systems, is the host of the popular radio show, The Friday Happy Hour, is an empowerment speaker, hosts the annual Girlfriend Gala and she has been married six times, each time for just five-years and each time to the same man.

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Have You Always Wanted to Write a Book and Don’t Know Where to Start?

Have you always wanted to write a book but don’t know where to start?

Have you written a book and are wondering what now? Having trouble finishing that book or even getting it started? Are you having trouble finding a literary agent? A publisher? Have no idea how it all works? Need help with marketing that book? Are you a business owner or professional interested in stepping up your credibility, client list, sales? Being the author of a book can do that for you, instantly. Let’s have a conversation, I may be able to help.

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