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Giving Up Sometimes Gets You There #IWSG


[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here

The awesome co-hosts for the July 7 posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, Victoria Marie Lees, and Louise – Fundy Blue!


 Check out our IWSG homepage for recent news and events.  And as always, thank you to founder Alex J. Cavaugh

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I admit it. I haven’t spent nearly the time lately reaching out and holding virtual ties with everyone I should and need to. I’m not doing much with social media right now, my energy sucked up by the frenzy of summer, necessary house updates, and the attention my children need to grow into the beautiful humans they are. Am I writing at least? Yes. I’m doing what I can, and submitting to my editor. It’s minimum lately. I’m making her world count for now.

This month’s question is timely for me. It asks: “What would make you quit writing?”

The truth is closer than it’s ever been at this point, but then I hear that tiny voice, the one I found as a four-year old typing on my mom’s old black manual key typewriter. The voice that pushed me to make words out of images in my head. Sentences out of words. I’d shift them around until they created some sort of picture that made sense, and breathed life into characters I’d draw and dream. The truth is, I’ve always loved writing.

Life might make me quit. But Life will always bring it back. When you’re happy, you can’t stray from that love for long.

Cheers to you. Be kind to you. Do what you can with what you love and eventually what you dream will find you.

What You Write Will Make Others Think #IWSG

[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here

Thank you to our awesome co-hosts this month:  Cathrina Constantine, PJ Colando  , Sadira Stone , Tonja Drecker,  and me!

 Check out our IWSG homepage for recent news and events.  And as always, thank you to founder Alex J. Cavaugh

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Degas quote on art

This past week at work, we celebrated the top building teacher in each of our school buildings in my school district. One of the teachers honored was an elementary art teacher. She said her favorite part of teaching was presenting each art class with one project and then watching each student in that class take an individual liberty with the assignment. She loved seeing how different minds came up with so many different solutions to the same set up.

I tend to think interpreting art or writing are nearly the same. Some types of writing move us and others don’t. What moves me may not move someone else. We see things from our experiences and formulate truths based on what we know so naturally, when we produce work others will review, we will get both admirers and some who may not care for our work at all.

This month’s IWSG question asks, “Has any of your readers ever responded to your writing in a way that you didn’t expect?

I’ve always been surprised by other interpretations, and I suppose, I’ve also been honored. I used to think as an art student the only eyes that ever truly saw the meaning behind the picture or story was the artist. I still believe that’s true.

Speaking of honors and writers, I have a great Anthology to share by some amazing writers who deserve hearing exactly what you think of all of their amazing stories.

Introducing…

Dark Matter: Artificial

An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

Discover dark matter’s secrets…

What is an AI’s true role? Will bumbling siblings find their way home from deep space? Dark matter is judging us—are we worthy of existence? Would you step through a portal into another reality? Can the discoverer of dark matter uncover its secrets?

Ten authors explore dark matter, unraveling its secrets and revealing its mysterious nature. Featuring the talents of Stephanie Espinoza Villamor, C.D. Gallant-King, Tara Tyler, Mark Alpert, Olga Godim, Steph Wolmarans, Charles Kowalski, Kim Mannix, Elizabeth Mueller, and Deniz Bevan.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents, authors, and editors, these ten tales will take readers on a journey across time and space. Prepare for ignition!

Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database; articles; monthly blog posting; Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram groups; #IWSGPit, and a newsletter. https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/

Release date: May 4, 2021

Print ISBN 9781939844828 $14.95

EBook ISBN 9781939844835 $4.99

Science Fiction: Collections & Anthologies / Space Exploration / Genetic Engineering

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Keep your eyes posted on the next publishing opportunity.

Friendships Around the Globe #IWSG

[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here

Thank you to our awesome co-hosts this month:  Louise – Fundy Blue ,Jennifer Lane,Mary Aalgaard,Patsy Collins at Womagwriter, and Nancy Gideon!

 Check out our IWSG homepage for recent news and events.  And as always, thank you to founder Alex J. Cavaugh 🙂 

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"The world is round" quote

Ten years ago, I was lonely, at my low, and wanting someone who loved words as much as I do to talk to, to be a friend. I had two little babes then and finding free time to go out and mingle in the world was a chore. I started blogging and another author found me and we chatted through her blog and mine. She encouraged me to seek out writing competitions through publishers. I did. I published my first piece in 2014 and met several other wonderful writing friends also published in that book who I still admire today. Because of those friends I found the IWSG group.

This month’s question asks: “Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?

Yes, and turning to the online world for support with writing was the best decision I ever made. Thank you writing friends! This circle has become a link of invisible hands for all sorts of inspiration. Especially during these scary COVID times when going out and mingling with others isn’t the safest way to be right now.

How about you? Are most of your writing friends online? How did you meet them?

Happy IWSG, friends. I hope you are safe and well. I hope, HOPE still lives in your heart.

The Attention Trap #IWSG #AmWriting

[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here

Thank you to our awesome co-hosts this month:  Pat Garcia, Sylvia Ney, Liesbet @ Roaming About, Cathrina Constantine, and Natalie Aguirre!

 Check out our IWSG homepage for recent news and events.  And as always, thank you to founder Alex J. Cavaugh 🙂 

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Henry Miller Quote on Attention

I stare at the computer screen at my desk in the office slouched over with a tight deadline on my school district’s magazine. I’m already behind. I was quarantined for COVID exposure just before the holiday when … an Administrator blows past my desk. “Hey, Erika, I’ve got an idea and I need your help.”

“Great! When do you need it by?” I ask.

The smile gets me every time. “Today. Before you leave would be great.”

At home, I’m working out on my new Spin bike, zoned into and pushing up a hill when I can’t shake a sudden idea about my recent story. I can’t focus. I need to write down some notes. Then again, my youngest child could cruise by, begging for immediate attention with her school issued device. Big Tears. Huge! I have to solve it. I want to solve it all at once. Wouldn’t it be nice to be an Octopus for a day?

In any case, my point is this: as I’ve aged through the years, my attention competes with multiple distractions no matter where I am. I’m in a constant battle to stay in the now, to stay on a topic or a single focused project. This dilemma may also be applied to reading great books. I do very much love reading. However, I admit it (raising one hand in the air while covering my eyes with the other). I do not always finish a book I start.

What could go so wrong I put down a book? A friend of mine is a diligent reader. She never puts a book down without finishing it. When I told her I have no problems doing so, it blew her away.

Then I saw this month’s question and it was perfect. “Being a writer, when you’re reading someone else’s work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people’s books?”

I think the biggest frustration I have when reading a new book, especially by a different author, is building the scene in my mind. To do so, I need a really great feel of the main character right from the start with a really great line showing me the struggle in the moment. If a writer throws me straight into the action, I’m fine with that. But I also need reflection. I need a sense of urgency. A reason to relate to the conflict with a balance of why I should care so much. Sometimes great books start off with this in the beginning, but something I’ve noticed that often happens in books is a fizzle effect through the middle. The first quarter of the book is great, maybe even a first chapter, and then the plot somehow falls apart. I don’t see a reason to turn the page with a muddling of too much detail and not enough conflict.

I have been reading a bit. I have a great example of a book where I’ve been drawn in and I can’t put it down. Try Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. WOW WOW Wow! The first four chapters are poetic, magical and make me care about the world.

What competes for your attention? Do find it hard to focus on one project at a time?

Happy New Year! May we all be filled with peace, hope and healthy vibes.