Doreen McGettigan

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!

I only followed the last Twitter Pitch. It was amazing and trended on Twitter with thousands of tweets. This month I’m jumping in!

The next #IWSGPit is Thursday, July 19, 2018! 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time  Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On July 19, Tweet your pitch. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query.

Many writers have seen their books published from a Twitter pitch – it’s a quick and easy way to put your manuscript in front of publishers and agents.

Rules: Writers may send out 1 Twitter pitch every hour per manuscript. Publishers/Agents will favorite/heart pitches they are interested in. Publishers can either Tweet basic submission guidelines or direct writers to their submission guidelines. (Writers, please do not favorite/heart pitches.) No images allowed in pitches. Pitches must include GENRE/AGE and the hashtag #IWSGPit. Ages: #C – children’s #MG – middle grade #YA – young adult #NA – new adult #A – adult Genres: #AD – adventure #CF – Christian fiction #CO – contemporary #F – fantasy #H – horror #HI – historical #LF – literary fiction #MCT – mystery/crime/thriller #ME – memoir #NF – non-fiction #PB – picture book #PN – paranormal #R – romance #SF – sci-fi #WF – women’s fiction

There’s lots of time left to get those pitches just right for the over 1000 agents and publishers watching. I’m SO excited!

This months question is:

What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?

My ultimate goals haven’t changed but the journey to achieving those goals seems to be constantly changing. I’m getting much better at not allowing those changes to frustrate me.

I’ve always wanted to write historical fiction but was sidetracked when my brother was murdered, my husband brought home an 80-year-old homeless woman and my husbands 17-year-old son died of suicide. Those were stories I was compelled to tell.

Writing those books was therapeutic and educational.

This year I’m writing my first historical fiction (which is now a series of 3) and I’m so excited. The outline is done and I’ve started research and character development. After all these years I feel like my ultimate goals are actually in reach. How about you?

AND more news:

The genre is young adult romance and the theme will be announced September 5th. Get those ideas flowing!

Have a safe and happy 4th of July and happy writing!

Doreen

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?

I have no trouble coming up with names for my characters. It’s so much fun matching my people with just the right name. Coming up with the perfect title is tough for me, really tough. For my first book, which is the true story of the random road rage murder of my younger brother I struggled for months to come up with the right title. My editor kept giving me suggestions and I hated them all. Time was running out. With only three-days to come up with something, I was so stressed out I had trouble sleeping. I finally passed out into a deep sleep and I had a dream where my brother told me the title was obvious. He said “I was stomped to death in Bristol by a bunch of people who called themselves, boyz.

The title should be Bristol boyz Stomp.”

So it was. A year later I visited with a spiritual advisor and she told me a young man who passed wanted me to know he was thrilled I used his idea for the title of my project. Yep, I’m still freaked out about that!

When I couldn’t come up with a title for my second book, the true story of a homeless woman my husband brought home one night, I started taking naps, lots of them. After days of napping I dreamed I was being interviewed on a talk show and the host asked me what I thought of Sophie after she was living in our home for awhile. I answered, “She was still just the Stranger in My Recliner.” So it was.

            Of course my children’s names came to me in dreams as well. LOL seriously!

There were no dreams involved in titling the forthcoming, Realize Your Writing Dreams. This title was a joint effort by my amazing writing group friends.

How about you? Do you have a process for naming your babies? How about the characters and titles for your books?

Happy writing!

 

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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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?

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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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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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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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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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21 Days of Summer…

Foodie Friday Fragments

September 1, 2017

Friday Fragments are those bits and pieces of your week that are many but brief; too short for a stand-alone blog 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 to your post in the comments so I can read your fragments!

SEPTEMBER! I know it comes at the same time every year and every year I am not ready. I’m a summer soul and I had to smile when my favorite local weather gal, Sue Serio said we still have 22 days of summer left.

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