#AuthorLife: Tell Me How to Show

This post was part of the author toolbox blog hop, created and hosted by Raimey Gallant. It has gone on hiatus, but there are still plenty of great posts in Raimey’s archives to help you out! Do you know how to tell, at a glance, that you’re dealing with a new, inexperienced author? Telling. When the writing is chock-a-block full of telling, it’s a gargantuan, neon clue blaring out: This author is still learning. This author is hacking out the…

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In Which the Author, Who Assures You She is Definitely this Odd in Real Life, Interviews Herself

What were you like as a child? Okay, first, this is an awfully personal question to lead off an interview with and I’m already questioning your motives, interviewer. I’m told as I child I was energetic and active, to the point of being annoying. I would walk up to perfect strangers, to introduce myself as “shy”. I sang Disney songs ad-nauseum. And I liked to create lots of little stories with my friends. I also remember being dreamy and distracted,…

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In Which SE is Surprised by Insecure Writer’s Support Group Day

Today’s the day! The sun is shining, the tank is clean and I COMPLETELY FORGOT IT WAS THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH. The first Wednesday of the first month of 2022, which actually somehow makes it better and worse at the same time? Regardless of the fact that SE has a terrible working memory, it is indeed IWSG day. The day when we insecure writers can release our troubles into the ether like creepy, jerky, cyborg butterflies and our…

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Just a Snippet of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group

The IWSG meets once a month online and offers support for writers of all kinds, everywhere. If you’re feeling insecure, come join in! You can sign up here. Every month there is a (totally optional) question to get your post-writing juices flowing. This November 3rd the question is: What’s harder to do, coming up with your book title or writing the blurb? The co-hosts keeping us moving this month are Kim Lajevardi, Victoria Marie Lees, Joylene Nowell Butler, Erika Beebe, and Lee Lowery! Head to…

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What I Thought Author Life Would Be Like vs. What it’s Actually Like

What I thought it would be like: Writing retreats full of discourse, stimulating discussions, plotting, and lots of other authors. What it’s actually like: #You’reTooPoor #SillyAuthor #RetreatsAreForBestSellers What I thought it would be like: Ideas lining up, falling neatly into their places, everything is flowing and glorious and ticking along like pure, perfect, writing clockwork. What it’s actually like: EVER HEARD OF SLEEPING, Ideas? GIVE ME A BREAK. What I thought it would be like: Editing, DONE. Polishing? This baby…

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The Insecure Writer’s Group Plays Offense

The awesome co-hosts for the October 6 posting of the IWSG are Jemima Pitt, J Lenni Dorner, Cathrina Constantine, Ronel Janse van Vuuren (Hi, Ronel!) and Mary Aalgaard. Don’t forget to stop by their online homes, knock on the figurative door, and make yourself as comfy as a Dwarf in a Hobbit Hole. October 6 question – In your writing, where do you draw the line, with either topics or language? Let’s preface this entire post with one firm pillar: I Write Romance. Yep. That kind,…

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The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Measures Success

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group meets online, the first Wednesday of every month. Bask in the warmth of unqualified support. Breathe in the peace of knowing perfect empathy. In the flaming bag of dumpster fire which can be the internet, this is your oasis of calm green, I promise. If you’d like to sign up for the group and experience the support yourself, you can sign up here. The awesome co-hosts for the September 1 posting of the IWSG are Rebecca…

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Release Day! Beneath Me, SE White

It’s release day for my first indie publishing attempt. I’m unsure if the correct procedure is to scream with excitement, cower under blankets, or accost random strangers and try to get them to read my work? All of those at once? Or maybe the Carlton dance. YES. The Carlton dance is perfect for this moment. Amazon doesn’t *list* books on their website until actual release day, and I’ve heard about long delays in those books showing up on the website…

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