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I’m a Tortoise, Not A Hare (IWSG)

Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. – E. L. Doctorow

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It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for our group posting for IWSG. Insecure Writer’s Support Group is the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and his co-hosts for April are Suzanne Furness, Tonja Drecker, Toi Thomas, Rachna Chhabria, Fundy Blue, and Donna Hole!

As A-Z’ers kick off the A-Z Challenge and Campers get busy for a month of Camp NaNoWriMo, I find myself stuck as everyone else surges forward this crazy month. A-Z has always seemed so daunting to me, but Camp seemed like a good idea, especially since I really had fun with it last year.

In the end, I had to make a decision: Do I get back to creating, or do I stick with revising? I could have countless drafts and it won’t do me any good if I can’t see something to the very end—something that I would actually be proud to let others read (which is an insecurity that I will save for another day). There are times when I feel like I’m going in circles, reading and revising the same chapters over and over again. Is there any point to all of this, or am I deceiving myself? Am I chasing something that will never be? But I still love the story, and no matter how long a break I take from writing, I inevitably keep coming back. That, at least, has to mean something, doesn’t it?

One of my current WIP’s is my Camp novel from last year, Lost. It currently sits at 60,940 words. It’s very slow progress, considering I finished Camp with 51k words. I spent a lot of time second-guessing the third person narrative in which it was originally written. I ended up rewriting a portion of it in first person, just to see if that suited the story better. It didn’t. While some parts worked better with the first person voice, the over-all story suffered from it. So back to third person I went.

Maybe it’s a natural progression, something I had to do and see for myself, to see how the narrative plays out. Or maybe I wouldn’t have wasted all that time if I had a writers group or a CP. Who knows? Sometimes it feels like I’m hardly moving at all.

Do you find yourself rewriting scenes in different points of view, just to see how it works out? At what stage of writing/revisions do you feel confident enough to show your novel to others? How did you find your writers group and/or critique partner, if you have one? Any tips on how to find one?


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Celebrate The Small Things

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It’s a new year (sure, I’m only like three weeks behind), and with it comes changes. First of all, Lexa Cain has now taken over Celebrate The Small Things. Thank you Lexa, for continuing this awesome blog hop! She is also assisted by her co-hosts L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge and Katie @ TheCyborgMom.

I’ve been pretty much MIA these last few months, and to be honest, I haven’t kept up with the changes in wordpress. Now I find myself confused why my pingbacks aren’t working and why my reader isn’t fetching posts of blogs I follow. Weird! So I guess it’s time for me to re-learn everything again, and go from there.

The long Christmas break did me good, although now that I’m back, there’s some new challenges to face, and it’s already beginning to sap my energy. Still, it’s a new year, and with it, comes new possibilities, so that’s something I’m excited about, at least.

Best of all, I started writing again. Not a full-on faucet type of writing, but it’s good enough for me!

What are you celebrating?

 

Celebrate The Small Things is a weekly blog hop, wherein we post our celebrations each Friday, no matter how big or small. You can sign up here.

 


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IWSG Celebrates Three Years!

InsecureWritersSupportGroup2 It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for Insecure Writer’s Support Group. And what a session this is, as it marks the three-year anniversary of IWSG! Thanks to the Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, who started this and has kept it going, along with his various co-hosts for the month. This month, his co-hosts are Kristin Smith, Elsie, Suzanne Furness, and Fundy Blue.

To celebrate the anniversary, the IWSG team is putting together an ebook that will benefit writer, The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond. Very exciting indeed!

My insecurity for this session is that unlike most of my fellow IWSG’ers, I really do not have much of anything to contribute to the book. I suppose it’s an insecurity that pretty much every writer goes through: Do I really have anything worthwhile to say? Does anybody care?

The writing journey never ends. We are constantly learning and growing, and I think the difference is where we are at that point in our individual journeys. In my case, I think I’m pretty much still on the starting line, which can be quite frustrating and depressing if I think about it, so I try not to. And if you don’t focus on how far you still have to go and just keep on doing what you love doing, then it’s not so bad. And at the end of the day, I’m happy to be surrounded by people who are more than willing to share their guides and expertise.

So pop on over to some of the IWSG members’ blogs and see what tips and advice they have to share!

 

 


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Thank You for The Support!

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Last week, I posted my idea for my author interview series Behind The Scenes, and issued a call-out for any published writers who’d be willing to share their writing journeys and tips to other fellow writers on their journey to publication.

A big thank you to everyone who responded and expressed their interest, both in reading and participating. I feel so honored and blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people who are very generous with their time and words of wisdom! If that isn’t something to celebrate about, then I don’t know what is!

And because of everyone’s support, I’m also celebrating the guaranteed run of Behind The Scenes until the end of the year (all slots up to December have already been filled), and I’m now already lining up Q1 2015 schedules. Thank you all!

You can read all about these amazing people’s journeys every second and last Monday of the month. And yes, that means there’s a Behind The Scenes on August 25, featuring Joylene Butler, who talks about, among other things, a Seer who looks like Adam Beach.

So what else am I celebrating this week?

  1. I’m editing again, and after months of uncertainty and false starts, I think I’ve finally figured out how to fix the beginning of the novel.

  2. I’m also trying to get a bit more organized with my research. I hope I can keep it up! (I’d love to hear how some of you do it.)

  3. Sleep!

 

What are you celebrating?

Join us every Friday as we Celebrate The Small Things, thanks to our host VikLit and my fellow co-hosts Diana Wilder, LG Keltner@Writing Off the Edge, and Katie@TheCyborg Mom!


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Calling All Authors – An IWSG Post

InsecureWritersSupportGroup2When I started this blog, it was as much to inspire me as well as others.  I had the idea for Behind The Scenes a while back, as a way to feature writers and give other people a glimpse into their journeys. But I lost sight of things and never went ahead with the series. I suppose I was also afraid people would think my questions were silly and that I’m not very good at interviewing people, which brings me to the topic of my IWSG post for this month.

I’m looking for more authors to interview, for what I hope will be a long-running series, Behind The Scenes. Anyone interested?

C. Lee McKenzie has been wonderful enough to kick this series off, giving me the chance and the renewed confidence to attempt this. You can find her interview here to see what you’re getting yourself into (or just to learn more about Lee and her writing journey!)

As writers, we are always riddled with insecurities, some moments of elation, followed by more doubts, and then those hurrah moments–a crazy rollercoaster ride on its own. Still, they say it’s the journey that matters and not the destination. And so I’m curious to hear about your journey and I think others will be, too.

If you’re interested, please contact me using the contact form or leave me with your contact information in the comments section. I hope to hear from you!

You can also find me on Twitter:

 

Insecure Writer’s Support Group is the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and his co-hosts for August are Sarah Foster, Joylene Nowell Butler, Lily Eva, and Rhonda Albom! Thank you all for your hard work!
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You Win Some, You Lose Some – An IWSG Post

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It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Thanks to our host, the Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and his awesome co-hosts for July: Krista McLaughlin, Kim Van Sickler, Heather Gardner, and Hart Johnson for all their hard work!

As we reach the halfway mark of the year, I thought it’d be interesting to talk about goals and check in with everyone on their progress: Are you on track, falling behind, happy with your progress despite everything?

For myself, I hit a setback in June as I didn’t meet any of my writing goals. Life happens, things come up, other things have to be prioritized, and those few pages of edits and research…Do they really count as accomplishing something? I tell myself that yes, they do; that somehow they are all the bits and pieces that have to happen in order for me to achieve my goal. But am I deluding myself? I don’t know. All I know is that goals aren’t achieved overnight. We have to keep on working and moving towards them, even if it’s at a slow pace. As the ever-wise Gandalf said: “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

What’s your process in trying to meet your goals? How do you deal with the adversities and missed deadlines?

And to everyone who’s participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this July, good luck!


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Do It Without Fear – An IWSG Post

This month’s group posting for Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a bit tricky for me. First I was too busy to be insecure about anything in particular and then the more I thought of what I could post about, the more all sorts of insecurities started popping up that I scarcely know which one to talk about.

Since I can’t post about all of them unless I want my head (and yours) to explode, I’ve decided to leave my insecurities be for now and get back to work. I think one of the greatest actors of our time, Sir Anthony Hopkins, really summed it up very well with this quote:

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Yeah, no mention of writing there. But it works just as well, wouldn’t you say? 😉

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Thanks to our host Alex J. Cavanaugh and his June co-hosts C. Lee McKenzie, Tracy Jo, Melanie Schulz, and LG Keltner!


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Celebrate The Progress

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Celebrate The Small Things is the brainchild of VikLit. Each Friday we post our celebrations, no matter how big or small.

It can be hard to appreciate things at times when we do not see the tangible results but we have to remember that it’s the small things, the little steps we take, that bring us to the finish line. And on that note, my celebration for the week is Progress:

  1. Sent off my manuscript to my mentor Janette Currie from the Womentoring Project. This is a HUGE thing for me as I’ve never showed my work to anyone. And so the wait begins…

  2. I got caught up with two of my online courses (yay only two more to catch up with!)

  3. Crossed off some more to do list for work (it’s a never ending list with new stuff constantly being added to it!)

  4. Revisited my April Camp NaNoWriMo project and got a bit of editing done. I have a long way to go on this one!

And with that, I’m ready to call it a week and enjoy my weekend, with some much needed sleep.

What are you celebrating this week? How do you keep things in perspective when progress is going slow?

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The Lighthouse Award

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First of all, thanks so much to CeeLee for nominating me for The Lighthouse Award. It is such an honor to get it.

A Blog That Brings Light To A Dark World … wow. I’m not really sure my blog deserves such a distinction but it certainly gives me something to aspire to. I made this post a while back about what writing meant to me and how that one person is enough to make it worthwhile. Receiving this award definitely makes me feel all sorts of fuzzy!

 

Now for the Rules:

• Display the Award Certificate on your blog.
• Write a post and link back to the blogger that nominated you.
• Inform your nominees of their award nominations.
• Share three ways that you like to help others.
• Nominate as many bloggers as you like.

 

Three ways me and my blog help others:

  1. Encourage and motivate others

  2. Connecting and supporting my fellow bloggers/writers

  3. Music always makes me happy and I hope by sharing them in my blog they make people happy too!

 

My nominees for this award are:

  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh – The man behind IWSG. Finding IWSG has been one of the best things to have happened in my albeit still short blogging journey so thank you Alex and IWSG!

  2. Ann, A Friend of Jesus 2013 – If faith is not something that can bring light to the world then I don’t know what is.

  3. lilypadheart – Living, loving, and learning to laugh along the way (Can’t say it any better than that!)

  4. Effectively Human  – MJ is one of the most generous bloggers I know and her A-Z theme “Letters To Self” is something to check out

  5. Books and Bark – Her site is just such a happy place to go to!


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Celebrate The (Not So) Small Things

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It’s Friday, which means, Celebrate The Small Things, wherein we post our celebrations, big and small. Thanks to our awesome host VikLit and all the co-hosts for this wonderful hop.

It’s been a very busy week but I’m not complaining as I have lots to celebrate about this week:

  1. Got a bit of good news at work so that’s one less stressor.

  2. Had dinner with some visiting relatives. It was great to catch up and I love all the ancestral history I learned!

  3. I received word from the mentor I applied for through the awesome Womentoring Project. I’m so thrilled and honored to be mentored by Janette Currie. Yay!!

  4. If you missed Melissa Maygrove’s celebrations, it is not too late to sign up for her giveaway. The contest runs until May 19 and winners will be announced May 21. Congratulations on the release Melissa!

Is that a GREAT week or what? What are you celebrating for the week? How’s your writing going? Ever had a mentor before? What was it like for you?

 


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