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Insecure Writers Support Group…

It’s that time again! The first Wednesday of the month is Insecure Writers Support Group Day!

Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your writing doubts and the fears you have or 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.

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!

To join us, sign up here:

http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

 

Visit our Facebook Page here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/IWSG13

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

I can’t believe this is my 701st Blog Post!

February 7th optional question: What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

This question got me thinking. I’ve written two memoirs and am doing final edits on another nonfiction book. I’ve also ghostwritten my share of nonfiction books. But ever since I was ten-years-old my plan was to write a historical fiction series and occasionally I get the opportunity to work on that dream.

What I love about nonfiction is the truth. Or should I say the authors’ truth because we all know truth is subjective. I think memoir is one of the best ways for us to learn of first-hand witness accounts and to understand historical events and how they affected actual people in their own words and to really get a feel for actual history.

I have always loved research and writing nonfiction involves a lot of research. On the other hand, research can suck up a lot of time so I have to keep myself on a tight scheduleJ

Before writing my first memoir I read one-hundred of them and that definitely helped me to develop a deep respect for those that are willing to tell some difficult, personal stories.

That said I still do love reading fiction…

How about you? Do you read the genre you write?

Be sure to stop by and thank the wonderful co-hosts for this month:

Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia, Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!

Anthology Invite:

Bucks County Writers Group invites all writers to submit a short fiction story for a forthcoming anthology of (outer worldly, otherworldly, ghostly, angel, alien etc…stories.)

Writers can choose their own topics as long as they stay within the theme. The story can be fiction based on a real story.

The group will be marketing the Anthology and authors will be encouraged to create and/or participate in at least one marketing event.

Publication will be fall 2018

Think: ‘Do You Believe’

Word Length: 3500-5000 words per story.

Payment: $10.00 for each story chosen. $100.00 will be paid for the one entry chosen as the title story.

Infinity Publishing will publish the anthology in both paper back, digital and e-formats. It will be available for global distribution including book stores and libraries.

Deadline for submissions is February 28, 2018.

Submission Guidelines:

Story must be edited prior to submission. Entries must not have been published, including blog posts. All rights return to contributors six-months after publication.

Format:

Use a 1″ margin on all sides Use a title page Don’t number the title page. Include story title, your short bio with any links you want published with your story, and your contact information Begin numbering with the first page of the text of the story. Use a header on each page, including your name, the title of your story in all caps, and the page number. Indent fives spaces for each new paragraph. Double-space the entire text. Use a standard font, 12-point type. Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier is fine.

Send your submission before January 31, 2018 to:

buckscountywriters@gmail.com

 

 

Here We Go Again…

Happy New Year fellow insecure writers! Here we go again…

The first Wednesday of every month is officially:

Insecure Writer’s Support Group day #IWSG

Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your writing doubts and the fears you have or 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.

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Streetcar to Justice…

Preparing for this interview I was awed by the passion the author has for history and how that passion has fueled her impressive writing career.

Meet The Author

Amy is a New York Times Bestselling Author, and an American Library Association “Notable Book” and Peabody Award Winner. She is also a Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly Bestselling Author.

Her books have been published by Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Random House, Kodansha, and Doubleday, among others. She has been represented by William Morris Agency (now William Morris Endeavor Entertainment) since 1991.

She is the author of two novels, Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society and Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County, both published by Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books imprint, as well as seven nonfiction books including Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, a blockbuster bestseller which spawned a Broadway play and television film.

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Insecure Writer’s Support Group Day…

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means it’s time for the monthly meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group.

Insecure Writers support group:

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!

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Kindness Is A Passport…

World Kindness Day was November 13th and it’s a day for people to set aside their differences and just be kind to one another. Kindness can come in many forms. It can be a warm smile from a stranger across the street or a bouquet of flowers from an old friend.

 

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Fems, Food, Favorites and Friday Fragments…

Friday Fragments are the bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems throughout your week and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Add a recipe or something ‘foodie’ from your week. Leave me a link in the comments so I can read what you’ve been up to!

As sad as I am that summer 2017 is now getting smaller and smaller in the rear view mirror, fall has not yet officially arrived here in the Northeast. There are signs it’s about to happen, like the yellow leaves on the fairie tree in our back yard. I plan to enjoy every minute of the 70 degree weather this weekend.

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The End Is Near…

What is it about the fall that has me scrambling to finish everything I ever started and never finished? I know the answer is, because the end is near. The end of the year that is, and my goals are up there hanging on my office wall (the office I don’t write or work in) letting me know I’m about to fail.

I only set 10-goals for myself each New Year and I usually do pretty well, this year not so much. I’m going to give myself a pass and change up my plan a bit. In the mean time I will keep writing and moving forward. There is still plenty of time to catch up and there is all that writing fuel (candy) to look forward to this month.

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Angel Bumps, Hello from Heaven…

Angel Bumps, Hello From Heaven I got to know Anne Bardsley in a Facebook Group we’re both members of and I know for sure I cannot wait to meet her in real life! We have so much in common and during a recent phone call I found out she grew up in Wayne, Pa. and I had been in Wayne that day for lunch. She lives in a Florida beach town now and plans to do only 3-things a day and one of them is to go to the beach! I’m looking forward to her coming ‘home’ for a few book signings. Anne gets up at 4:30 am while it’s peaceful and quiet (until she cracks herself up) to write in her sunroom.

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Foodie Friday Fragments…

 What did you do all week?

Well it’s the last week of summer and I am kicking and screaming (carefully though because I’m still wearing flip flops.) What is it about fall that leaves me feeling like if I don’t move faster, I’ll be run over? My mind realizes it’s time to get back to reality, back to work but my body still wants to lie on the beach. I’m trying to get in the mood. While meeting with a client at Panera Bread the other day I ordered tomato soup. It was so good but it was still 85 degrees outside.

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To Share and Encourage…

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means it’s time for the monthly meeting of the Insecure Writers support group

 

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.

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