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Insecure? Me?

 

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.

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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Visit our Facebook Page here:

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Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Wednesday is also Writing Wednesday

Writing Wednesday is the day I like to share what I have learned on my journey from writing to publishing to marketing my first book and then doing it again. The type of information I wish someone would have shared with me, back then.

Insecurities

I gave up worrying years ago, and attempted to give up anxiety last year. It’s still a work in progress but I’m determined to get there. For 2018 I’m going to give up insecurity for good. That’s the plan anyway!

Who’s with me?

Insecurity is a feeling that is triggered when we think we are either vulnerable or inferior or have a sense that our self-image or our ego is about to be threatened.

With a best-selling book having its 6th birthday this fall and being released soon after, a second book doing well and a third in revision, you’d think I’d have my insecurities under control. I feel embarrassed to admit my insecurities seem to be on steroids this month.

It’s the new book, I thought it was great and then my editor suggested cutting 15,000 words and rearranging sections. Yikes!

She is right, darn it! Why are they always right?

Then there is my blog. I have been so busy writing books, ghostwriting, writing content for others I feel like I haven’t been posting ‘serious’ or ‘heartfelt’ posts on my own site. I took the month of July off from blogging. It was my first break in six- I took the month of July off from blogging. It was my first break in six-years. Now I feel guilty.

Could it be the fiction? I say I want to write fiction but what if I suck at writing made-up stories? I felt extremely vulnerable anytime I submit fiction.

I know insecurity is a side effect of being a writer or in any creative field but I am so ready to give it up.

Do you think it’s possible for us or is a little insecurity a healthy thing?

Happy writing,

Doreen

Writing Wednesday…

Writing Wednesday

Wednesday is the day I share what I have learned on my journey to publication, marketing and getting ready to publish again. If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them.

Writing Memoir

Most of us believe our lives are boring but the truth is everyone does have a story to tell. We all have that one thing that happened in our lives that changed our course in either a positive or negative way.

What exactly is a memoir? Let’s start with what it is not. It is not an autobiography which is the story of your entire lifetime. Unless you are somebody famous that has many accomplishments to your credit readers will not be interested in your entire life. It also is not a biography, which is also the story of an entire lifetime.

What a memoir is, finally clicked with me when my editor said, imagine someone is taking a walk around the block and they see your house and walk up to look into your large picture window. This day happened to be the day that “it” happened. The “it” is what changed or altered the course of your life for either the good or the bad. What would that person, who is walking by your house, see? Whatever it is that the person would see is the place you start your memoir. After the “it” event there should be some brief back story, the resolution and how you arrived there and a bit about where you are now.

A memoir is about an event, an incident, something that changed you in a positive or a negative way. It explains how you dealt with the “it,” The author questions what happened, tells the lessons learned and where you went from that moment on.

The memoir can be written in first person from the author’s point of view. It can also be told as Narrative nonfiction which is written like fiction-in story form.

There is little dialogue.

The reader should learn something and their life should also be affected in some way.

Memoirs should never be about revenge and should not be a book length rant.

They are between 65,000 and 95,000 words.

When writing nonfiction it helps to start with an outline.

Make a list of any research you will need to do

If you are writing nonfiction, you need to write the truth. Real names and places should be used unless using them will cause great harm. If you are planning on using fake names and places consider telling your story as fiction, instead of non-fiction.

If it happened to you, it is your story and you own it and have every right to tell it in your way.

An outline starts with a brief description of your story. The description should include the beginning, the middle and the end in a concise three paragraph’s. Next, write a paragraph or two on each chapter. Name your chapters and choose a title for your memoir. Nothing is written in stone, this is just the starting point.

I find it helps to have some photo’s and personal items that remind me of the time period I am writing about on my desk.

While writing The Stranger in My Recliner I kept a photo of Sophie, a few Peppermint Patties and a can of peas, all of which reminded me of her.

Once your outline is finished the next step is to write your proposal. Once your proposal is written you will have a solid foundation to write your book.

Happy Writing,

Doreen

 

 

 

It’s Time! #IWSG Philadelphia Style…

Welcome to the June 2017 Edition of the Insecure Writer’s 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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Music Monday featuring Dskillz Harris…

Many of the happiest memories I have are filled with music. It’s like the sound is woven through each memory, holding them together.

Because music is so important to me, such a part of my life I’ve wanted to join in on #Music Monday.

My #Music Monday posts will include interviews and music from new and veteran artists from all genres of music as well as the music that has meant the most to me throughout my life.

This week I want to introduce you to Dskillz Harris. He is an 18-year-old producer/emcee from Baltimore. Dskillz is currently a freshman at Morgan State University.

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I Almost Missed It!

 

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

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Foodie Friday Fragments…

Friday Fragments…

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 (hint: a notebook is helpful) and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Leave me a link so I can read your fragments!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

The Nor-Easter/blizzard was sort of a bust but it was still 6 or 7 inches of snow with an inch of ice on top of that. It was pretty until I had to go out to present a workshop an hour and 15 minutes away.

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FOODIE FRIDAY FRAGMENTS

FRIDAY FRAGMENTS

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 (hint: a notebook is helpful) and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Then leave a link to your Friday Fragments post in the comments…

I hate being the person that says, “Wow this week went really fast,” because time really doesn’t move faster or slower, right? Whatever, this week and the short month of February seemed to go by really fast.

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Friday Fragments/The weekend version…

Friday Fragments… 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 (hint: a notebook is helpful) and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Leave me a link so I can read your fragments!

We are having the best February weather here in Philadelphia. Last Sunday we took a ride down the shore with 3 of our grandkids. It was 70 degrees! A lot of people had the same idea, the beach and the boardwalk were both SO crowded. Our favorite pizza place on the Ocean City, NJ boardwalk is Manco & Manco’s at 9th Street. That location is moving into a larger space onto the corner of 9th and the boardwalk. The old location was closed. Their other location had a line 2-hours- long, IN FEBRUARY!

 

I can’t shake the feeling that there is a blizzard in our future. March blizzards do happen here, that old ‘in like a lion thing’…

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Writing Wednesday The Proposal

Proposal Writing

I was always more a sit down and write kind of writer until I started writing books and taking on freelance work. I found myself procrastinating and easily distracted by new and shinier things that came across my laptop screen.

If I wanted to do this book writing thing full time I needed to get organized and get writing.

I now start with an outline for whatever I may be writing. A blog post, article, a book or a ghostwriting project all start with an outline.

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Imagine That…#MondayMotivation

Imagine That…

Imagine that we American women united so no person or organization could control us by dividing us. Imagine that we actually did something other than persist. Imagine us coming together to solve problems. Imagine we built a bridge on what we have in common and our differences washed away under that bridge. Imagine that…

Imagine that on the topic of:

Schools- We agree we want the very best educational system for our children. We agree that every child has the right to an education regardless of race, religion, sex or disabilities. Imagine that we got together in our small towns and our cities and created a plan, we could make our school boards, administrators and educators accountable for every cent

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