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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!

To join us, sign up here:

 

Visit our Facebook Page here:

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

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

Twitter Pitch is Coming…

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 – a good goal is to visit at least a dozen other blogs.

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 at any stage of writing from beginner to best-seller!

Please join us, sign up here:

Visit our Facebook Page here:

I am so excited to be hosting this month, let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter Pitch is coming! Visit the Insecure Writers Support Group Website for more information! If you are a writer or blogger this website is one of the best. There is SO much information!

Optional #IWSG Question for July: What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started writing?

I would say the most valuable lesson I’ve learned is to treat my writing like a job not a hobby and to respect my editors and appreciate that they are doing their job and their knowledge will only make my writing better.

Summer Slow Down

Here in the Philadelphia area summer officially starts for us on the 4th of July. It’s when the temperature starts to get into the 90’s and stays really warm at night. This is no doubt my favorite time of the year.

It’s also my least productive time of year especially as far as writing. I just want to sit by the water and daydream. I want to sleep in and take naps. I want to take long walks with the grandkids.

This was my office for 8-days last month. Not much writing got done but there was a lot of daydreaming…

I promised I would never be that writer that allowed her blog to suffer because she got so busy with other writing stuff. I’m not proud that I’ve become that writer.

As writers we need to cut ourselves some slack and allow time for a bit of daydreaming. It’s necessary to replenish our creative wells.

The answer for us creative types is finding a reasonable balance.

My plan is to get up early and write. No social media, no email and no phone just me and my word count mission. I can balance this out with a well deserved afternoon nap without feeling guilty.

How do you stay on track with your writing and other goals over the summer?

Happy Writing,

Doreen

Be sure to stop by and say hello to the other awesome hosts:

 Tamara Narayan,  Pat Hatt,  Patricia Lynne,  Juneta Key

 

 

 

Writing Wednesday The PWC…

 

Writing Wednesday

On Wednesdays I like to share information, stuff I learned on my journey of writing, being published and marketing two (almost 3) books!

Writing Conferences

It’s that exciting time of year again, the time when writers with a dream and writers that are living the dream come together to network, share and most importantly to learn from and support each other. Many years ago when I was dreaming of becoming a writer I attended the Philadelphia Writers Conference. Back then word processors were the ‘new thing.’

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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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It’s #Writing Wednesday Lets talk Publishing…

I am excited to be presenting a workshop on publishing at the Doylestown Bookshop Wednesday March 15!

Doreen McGettigan and The Doylestown Bookshop are hosting a workshop on publishing on Wednesday, March 15th at 6:30pm! Doreen is a consultant and coach on all things writing and the author of The Stranger in My Recliner and Bristol Boyz Stomp.

GET PUBLISHED!

So you want to write a book and have no idea how the business of publishing works? Have you written a book and need to make a decision about publishing? Have you tried everything and haven’t received a publishing offer? The business of books has changed drastically over the last few years and it continues to evolve. In this workshop you will learn:

  • The four publishing choices available and how they each operate
  • Learn the pros and cons of each of the choices
  • How to figure out which publishing path is best for you and your book
  • How to write a professional and winning proposal, query and a log line
  • How to find your agent
  • What is a tribe, what is a platform and do you need them
  • Join us for a productive workshop and a little fun.

Doreen McGettigan is the author of two books with a third releasing summer 2017. She teaches publishing at Delaware County Community College, is a Press Club board member and facilitates their Professional Development Workshop Series. Doreen also volunteers with SCORE, presenting seminars on marketing. She speaks at conferences around the country and will be presenting the memoir workshop at the Philadelphia Writers Conference in June and a workshop on Marketing at the SCBWI Conference also in June. About Doreen

As the president of Intrepid Marketing, Inc. Doreen consults with and coaches writers/authors on all things writing, publishing and marketing. She is an award winning blogger, content writer, ghostwriter, speaker and an author.

The workshop is Free but you must register:

http://www.doylestownbookshop.com/event/workshop-get-published-doreen-mcgettigan

I hope to see you there,

Doreen

 

#WritingWednesday/Press Releases…

WritingWednesday

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

Public Relations/ Press Releases

Just when you thought writing the book was the hard part you were told you had to write a synopsis, then an outline, a proposal and the hardest of all a query letter. You finish all of those and breathe a big sigh of release only to find out you need to write marketing, advertising and PR plans and those include writing press releases and media pitches.

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Research #WritingWednesday

Writing Wednesday

On Wednesday’s I like to share information I picked up on my path to publishing, marketing and preparing to publish again. Information that I wish someone would have shared with me, back then.

Research

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Book Proposals…

Writing Wednesday On Wednesdays I like to share bits of information that I picked up on my journey to publication and preparing to be published again. The kind of information I wish someone shared with me.

Book Proposals

I like to write from an outline and once I’m a few thousand words into my manuscript I start thinking about the proposal. Your proposal is actually a business plan for your book.

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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! 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.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world! 

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Blog to Book…

Writing Wednesday

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Wednesday is the day I like to share information, tidbits I picked up on my journey from writer to published author. Information I wish someone would have shared with me back then.

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I’ve missed the blogging and writing community. Everyone has been so embroiled in election negativity. I miss the positive, friendly, informative posts I got used to, expected and looked forward to from my writer friends. Hopefully we are close to the end of all the negativity and the spirit of the holidays will fill us all and inspire us to reach out and love and respect each other again.

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