Realize Your Writing Dreams

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.

Remember, the question is optional!

August 01 Question: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?

This is a great question for me this month. My number one pitfall I would advise to avoid is publishing too soon. Make the investment in a real literary editor, create a business plan and stick with it. You can’t get back a first impression!

My second pitfall to avoid would be scammy publishers. I’ve had my soul crushed not one but twice. I did thorough research and honestly couldn’t foresee the demise of either company. It’s embarrassing because I teach publishingL Shaking it off and #KeepMovingForward has been tough but there really is no other choice is there?

My third pitfall to avoid is giving up your day job too soon. I tried years ago and failed. Three years ago I was lucky enough to be able to make writing my full time job, a job that actually pays the bills. It only took twelve-years of planningJ

Have you had any negative experiences with publishing? Ever published something and looked back and said, “What have I done?” Did you know we have a Goodreads Book Club?

I need to start participating, this month’s book looks good!

The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

This one is for our memoir writers and anyone who has ever thought of writing a memoir. The discussion will start September 19th and will go to the end of the month, but it will be up indefinitely, so you can hop in whenever you’re able. Join Us On Goodreads.

Happy August and happy writing everyone,

Doreen

Are you on INSTAGRAM? Stop by, follow and say hello so I can follow you there too!

 

 

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!

 

Writers Resistance…

 

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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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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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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Foodie Friday Fragments…

Foodie Friday Fragments are 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 your fragments!

The original host of Friday Fragments was Mrs. 4444’s. You can find some of those posts here: (half past kissin’ time to kiss again.)

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All the Insecure Writers Raise Your Hands…

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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Foodie Friday Fragments Taco Style…

FRIDAY FRAGMENTS

I apologize this post is late. WordPress issues.

Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for an entire 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 your Fragments.

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