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IWSG: So, Do I Still Fit In?

The Insecure Writers’ Support Group posts on the first Wednesday of the month. More information and the sign-up can be found here. The awesome co-hosts for the February 1 posting of the IWSG will be Misha Gericke, LK Hill, Juneta Key, Christy and Joylene Buter! When I was working on my first novel–the one in

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IWSG: My Five-Year Plan

I just fell off a miserable word-count failure of a NaNoWriMo. I hit 14,000. The end. I don’t always do well with Nano. Most of the time, it hits while I’m in the middle of other projects, and dragging myself away doesn’t do much for me. But, every now and then, I get a real,

Plotting and Planning

I can’t really think of anything to write, right now. Okay. That’s a lie. I can think of things to write, but I’ve decided to grant myself a cooling off and thinking break, instead. I’m at a place where there’s just so much stuff in my head, and it’s all jumping around. So, let’s talk

IWSG: More Revision Terror

The question of the month is What is Your Favorite Aspect of Being a Writer? Of being a writer, or of actually writing? There might be some semantics to bicker about in there, somewhere. My favorite part of being a writer is the community that it makes me a part of. I enjoy being able

IWSG: Am I Good Enough?

Go here for more information about the Insecure Writer’s Support Group or to Sign Up. When I first started this round of query research, I had a dream in which an agent returned my query letter along with a do-it-yourself flaming bag of dog poop kit. Dear Author: Please ignite this on your porch. Well,

IWSG: Being Open, and Honest, and Finding Time for Writing

I’m an introvert, believe it or not. I’m good at hiding it–both on my blog and in real life–but that’s what I am. Someone who knew me well once said that I’m an audience person. I’m fine as long as no one expects me to be myself. Turn down the stage lights, put down the

The IWSG Theme I Missed

The Insecure Writers’ Support Group decided it needed to have an (optional) theme for its posts, and somehow–busy life, no time–I managed to miss it, entirely. This month’s theme was What is the nicest thing anyone’s ever said about your writing? That’s a good one. Good, enough, in fact that I’m going back to catch

Life Happens

I need to get writing. And I don’t mean those benign little paragraphs of fluff that prevent me from having to admit that I’ve done absolutely nothing in the past month. I don’t think I’ve done anything useful, but I have gotten some ink on my hands. Things started happening. Real life happened. And then,

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Gathering Courage to Write

I have a few good friends–mostly scattered over the internet–who are writers. I’ve been part of some great communities. Gotten to know people. Had fun with people. Shared ideas with them. And I’m incredibly grateful for the internet. It’s the thing that makes it possible to find people who share my interests and goals. And

E is for Effort and Expectations

  Welcome! Today is the first double-dip day of the month, with Insecure Writer’s Support Group and the letter E in the A-t0-Z Challenge falling on the same day. And as it turns out, I have just enough E-type insecurities to make it work. I’ve reached the point that Effort is a big issue for

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