Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Insecure Writer's Support Group June

My first Insecure Writers Support Group post. And I'm feeling rather insecure about what I should be writing ;) I think I'd like to talk first about the internet and the support that's out there for writers. I worked on my first novella for a couple of years with hardly any support - apart from a certain amazing family who helped critique, proof-read and design the book cover - go the McMenamins LOL! The imagination of the story was easy compared with every other aspect involved in writing.

Fast forward to March 31st this year and I happened to land on the A-Z Blog Challenge via a friends blog. For someone who likes (okay, not actually likes, but rather, sadly cursed) to live by close deadlines I felt like fate had popped up and said "go on chicken, 24 hours, dare you!" So I dared. I chose an easy subject - Me! Okay, just like to point out I'm not actually 'easy', rather the subject matter was one I was comfortable with ;) But it was still a squeeze some days. However, what I found and learned made it so super worthwhile. Loads new followers - 6 to 42  in 2 months is okay by me, I don't feel quite like I'm talking to myself now. Except when I wander off in my head ..... And I found some awesome (can't resist using the word, DH hates it LOL) blogs to follow. But what amazed - astounded - surprised - impressed - me was the sheer number of writers crammed into the internet. Must be real squashed down those internet cables. It feels like an awesome ;) community. There's challenges, blog hops, loads of useful links, and support, so much support, and that's why I'm rabbiting on right now! I just wish I'd found it two years ago. Still, always late to a party so I shouldn't be surprised, but better late than never hey?

Onto my writing. I re-read my first novella Monday as I wanted to start tidying up the second and needed to get back into Joshua's head. Such mixed emotions. I think the plot is strong and my writing is pretty good. But when I put it on Amazon I was disappointed (to say the least) that obviously not many people agreed with me, zilch, nada, sad smilie. And I've only had 2 rejections so far but still it hurts. You know how Bella in The Twilight Saga takes everything personally? Yeah, that. But following on from the Wip-It blog hop Carolyn Brown has offered to help me out and maybe work some magic. I feel like I need to hint at some action as the start of the book is slow and laid back, which is what I wanted as that is how Joshua is at the start. And then the writing gets more intense once his mental health/legacy begin to unravel. But obviously if you only glance at the beginning you don't get that.

My first IWSG blog post - please don't leave too depressed and with a heavy heart, I'm not usually such a self-pitying whinge bucket :)

16 comments:

  1. I remember my first IWSG post a few months back - it is a little scary. You nailed it! Nice work and I'm glad you've found someone to help you with your book. Wishing you every success with all of your writing endeavors.

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    1. Hi MJ, thanks for the reassuring words, it was scary! x

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  2. There are lots of writers doing blogs out there, that's for sure! I'm glad I found your blog thru A-Z. It's always great to make a new bloggy friend. :)

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    1. Hi JoJo, would so agree, I look forward to yours and Yvonne's comments now :) x

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  3. Hey, like you said....better late than never and you have a great person to help you out.

    I know this, from experience, that slow and steady will win the race.

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    1. Thanks Mark, here's hoping! x

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  4. *stuggles to breathe in the squashed internet cables*
    Yes, this is an absolutely full of awesomesauce writing group to be a part of! Welcome to the IWSG, where everybody else can share in your fears, foibles, and neurosiseses...eses...and make up new words when they're too lazy to go spellcheck them. :)
    Laura Eno – A Shift in Dimensions

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    1. LOL at making up words, glad I'm not the only one that does that :) x

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  5. Congratulations on completing the A-Z Challenge! Just cruisin' by to say hello from the 2013 Post A-Z Road Trip.
    Thoughts Of Beauty In The Stillness Of Dawn...

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    1. Thanks for stopping by - I've still got to wade through the Road Trip :) x

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  6. I thought you did very well, I enjoyed the post very much.

    Yvonne.

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  7. Oh my goodness... this was my first time joining the ISWG too so I get the stress lol

    I enjoyed your post, no worries. I'm glad you have such a good friend to help you out, you will be just fine! ;)

    I'll be following your journey now!

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    1. LOL, isn't it daft to get stressed over something we're supposed to be enjoying! Thanks for following :) x

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  8. So glad you joined in the IWSG, I enjoyed your post! And even if you had been a self-pitying whinge bucket that would have been okay, we've all been there LOL. :D

    Looking forward to more of your posts!

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    1. Hi Julie, thanks for stopping by, glad you liked the post, I promise I won't be whinging next time you stop by! x

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