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Writing Wednesday/Writing Past Insecurities

 

Writing Wednesday

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On Wednesdays I like to share information I picked up along my journey to being published, marketing my first book, editing and preparing to be published again. Information that I wish someone would have shared with me, back then…

If you like the information I hope you will share it!

Writing Past Insecurities

Do your palms get sweaty when someone ask if they can read what you are working on, does the thought of submitting a query letter to an agent give you insomnia, have you been polishing a novel for three years, how about the fear of rejection does that make you nauseous? Or worse yet what if nobody wants to read your work.

Every creative soul is at one time or another, in their life plagued with insecurities. It isn’t always a bad thing. If we didn’t fear failure would our writing be any good?  It would be boring and uninspired.

Confidence and fear live together in our heads and we need to get along with both of them. Fear fuels our creativity.

It’s when those insecurities prevent us from moving forward, submitting our work or even cause us to give up writing altogether that we need to make some changes. It makes sense to be afraid to cross railroad tracks when we see a train coming- it makes no sense to be afraid to submit an article to a magazine, a book to an agent or a guest post to another blogger.

Try writing down the answers to these questions:

  •  If you could not be afraid of anything for twenty-four-hours what would you do?
  •  What specifically are you afraid of when it comes to your writing?
  •  What is the worst thing that can happen when it comes to your writing?
  •  What is the absolute best, dream quality thing that you can imagine happening regarding your writing?
  •  What would you tell another writer, a friend who was feeling insecure about their writing skills?

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Has something specific happened to damage your confidence? Your writing will never, ever be liked by everyone. If you want to be a writer there is no way around rejection. It happens and it happens often. I received 93 rejection letters for Bristol boyz Stomp, fifteen requests for partial reads, nine-requests for full reads and six offers.

A few months ago I submitted (donated) a short story for an anthology. The letter I received said my writing wasn’t quite ready for publishing. My feelings were hurt for two-minutes and I resubmitted the story to a magazine and they bought it.

 

Quotes Just Write Dont worry

 

What can you do to keep your insecurities from becoming unhealthy?

Do not compare yourself to other writers, ever.

Being prepared is a great way to keep insecurities in check. Work comfortable, have everything you need when you sit down to write, pens, paper, research information and of course coffee, tea or snacks.

When you look better, you always feel better.

Friend supportive, kind people and be a supportive kind friend.

Don’t over think your writing but learn your craft. Join writers groups, attend conferences and workshops.

Quotes Believe in yourself

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writing Wednesday/ Platforms and Tribes

 

Writing Wednesday

 Typewriter Pink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesdays I like to share information I picked up on my journey to being published, marketing my first book, editing and preparing to be published again. Information that I wish someone would have shared with me, back then…

 

If you like the information I hope you will share it!

 

There is so much talk lately about writers needing to build platforms and find their tribes. It is true we do need both but how do you build a platform and where do you find your tribe?

PLATFORM

Building a Writers Platform means creating a connection between you the writer and, your potential readers. How do you find that connection? Every book has some sort of message, something the author wants the reader to take away with them. If you wrote gluten free diet book then your platform might be healthier eating for people with gluten intolerance. A wider platform would simply be people interested in healthy eating and a sub group would be readers looking for healthy recipes. Where do you find readers that live with a gluten intolerance? Where do you find the millions of people interested in healthier eating lifestyles? I would do a Google search to see if I could find any groups in my area that met in real life and attend a meeting, not to sell my book to them but to make connections. I would also do a search for Facebook groups that matched my message and join them. Think of your platform as being the bridge that connects you to your readers not the soap box you stand on with a megaphone asking them to buy your book.  If people are interested in you they will be interested in your book.

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TRIBES

A tribe is like a family and can even be family members. Your tribe is anyone that is for you and your book, those people that celebrate you and your choice to write. Finding a good writers group is a good place to start. A good writers group is one where you feel comfortable sharing your work and receiving encouragement as well as constructive criticism. You should also feel comfortable giving others in the group feedback and encouragement. The buzz about your book should never come from you the author. The buzz should always come from readers. This is where your tribe is invaluable. Your tribe members are those that share your social media posts, talk about how much they enjoyed your book, write reviews and show up at your book signings not alone but with friends.

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Happy Writing,

Doreen

Blogging Common Sense, Post #400 and supporting the insecure #IWSG

 

Welcome to my June edition of the monthly #IWSG [Insecure Writers Support Group.]

When I think of my blog friends as I am doing a lot of today, this group is right up there as one of my favorites. As the name implies the people in this group are among the most supportive, the most informative and so friendly. If you are feeling a bit insecure with your writing or if you have some words of support to share please join us:

http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com

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I am feeling a bit reflective today because this is my 400th blog post!  I started blogging a year before my first book Bristol boyz Stomp was released.  I have learned so much since writing my first post and I am looking forward to continuing to learning more.

I am still trying to catch up and meet some of my writing goals.  I fell way behind due to two significant losses in my life. The good news is I have been waking up early, like 5 a.m. even on my days off, swearing I hear someone whispering in my ear to get up and write.

Because I am feeling secure in my writing this month I thought I would share with you some of the things that have worked, and not worked for me when it comes to blogging.  I ask you to share anything that has worked or definitely not worked for you and your blog.

  • The single biggest lesson I have learned in blogging and in life is that Kindness is the Key. If you need page views, go view pages, if you need comments go leave comments, if you need support go support another blogger and so on.

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  • As a writer I know in order to continue to improve my writing, the best thing I can do for myself and my craft is to read voraciously. Since I have committed to visiting, reading and commenting on at least 5 blog posts a day, my weekly word count has improved drastically. My blog stats have also improved.

 

  • Key Words matter! I think this finally sunk in with me during the A-Z Challenge this year. I spent a lot of time choosing the key words for each post and it sure did pay off. Most of my posts were ranked in the top 5 on Google, 4 of them reaching #1.

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  • Coming from a newspaper background I love doing interviews. Sadly the interview posts I have done received the least comments, most of the time between 0-3, the least shares and the least page views. I want to support fellow writers and continue doing interviews. I need to come up with a fresh version.  Any suggestions??

 

  • Contests have not worked for me either. They don’t work on my Facebook page or on my blog.

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  • My writers group (IRL) friend Kelly Deeny: http://www.kellydeeny.com believes that all creative people can learn from one another [she has a great post up now for improving your writing.] I agree with her and decided to start a feature on my blog that will feature reviewing songwriters and new musicians. Since tweeting this idea about a month ago the music has been filling my inbox. My husband is enjoying the listening.

 

  • Being consistent is another key. When it comes to consistency I struggle but I am determined to improve this over the summer.

I am looking forward to hearing your suggestions. Happy June and I wish you all sunshine and large word counts, this month!

Doreen

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