Writing Process

The IWSG Loves Creativity

This is an Insecure Writer’s Support Group post. Come, writers of all neurotic types, and join us. Any and all are welcome and the support is unbeatable. Our Co-Hosts this month are Raimey Gallant (Hi!!), Natalie Aguirre, CV Grehan and Michelle Wallace. Don’t forget to go over and show them some loving support. The (optional) question for this February 6th: Besides writing, what other creative outlets do you have? Does the ability to raise three tiny destroyers without significant loss of life, limb, or property count…

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Six First Aid Steps for Bad Feedback

It happened. The thing you’ve been dreading, avoiding, secretly praying will pass you by forever. Negative feedback. Maybe it’s kindhearted constructive criticism (OUCH) or maybe it’s a scathing one-star take down of your entire book (FUCKING OUCH OW PAIN). No  matter what form it takes this kind of feedback is hard on you. I know this, because I recently got my very own negative feedback. I enter every unfinished manuscript I write into RWA chapter contests for judging because apparently…

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The Basics of Romance, for Your Author Toolbox

*Sings* Do you want to write a romance? If you do, you’re in good company. Millions of books published every year. Thousands of authors. HUGE part of the market share. But, where to start? How is a romance different from any other fiction novel? What defines “romance”? At the basic level: A romance novel tells the story of the romantic relationship evolving between people. That’s all. That’s it. When you get right down to the nitty-gritty center of it, this…

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The Time When an Author Responded to a Bad Review: And It Worked.

For the rest of us normal mortals: DO NOT DO THIS! No, I mean it. EVER. I see your fingers twitching towards that keyboard. DON’T. It’s the fastest way to make yourself look like a terrible person, no matter what a review says about your book. In light of recent events concerning an author who straight-up stalked a reviewer that had disliked her book, this seems like a good time to drag out and re-state my position on this issue. The ladies…

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The Insecure Writer’s Group Asks the Real Questions

Happy Holidays/Solstice/Yule, blessed be, and Happy New Year! You all should be in a nice vacation-induced stupor by today. Perfect time to get some Insecure Writer’s group in. I hope 2019 has started off nice and gently for you and you’re enjoying your time, wherever you are! The Co-hosts this month are Patricia Lynne, Lisa Buie-Collard, Kim Lajevardi and Fundy Blue. Don’t forget to stop by and show them the love. And the question for January 2 – What are your favorite and least favorite…

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The Writer’s Tag: Look I’m Legit With Tags and Everything Now!

In which the author, who is not crazy, interviews herself and the voices in her head. Should be fun. The tag was created for authors by Lorraine Ambers and Ari Meghlen as a fun way to connect with other writers, and help us all get to know each other better. I’m participating in this tag thanks to the wonderful GJ Stephens, who is releasing his first novel on Friday! (30th November) He is one of the kindest people, with a genuine wish to reach out…

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Traditionally, We Self-Publish

This is an Insecure Writer’s Support Group post. The IWSG is all about support, encouragement and connection with other writers as we dodge the rejection bullets together. If you’re thinking this sounds like a band of brothers you would like to join, come on over and sign up for the group here. Don’t forget to hop around to the hosts for this month. Soak in their wisdom, and say thank you for hosting to Toi Thomas, T. Powell Coltrin, M.J. Fifield, and Tara Tyler. The…

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10 Reasons Writers Are Creatures of the Night

We function best with darkened spaces. Like a desk, or a writing cave. 2. We’re characterized by being active during the night and sleeping during the day. When we can get away with it. 3. Highly developed sense of hearing means we pick up on and use the conversations we hear around us all the time. Especially you, quirky customer in line who is abusing the cashier for no real reason. Oh yes. You’re going in the next book. 4.…

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Seeking Sensitivity

Representation in romance is very important to me. Even (especially?) in the realm of erotic romance. Humans come in infinite variety, so why not include that variety in books which are about humans? Sounds like a good idea to me. So the fact that my MC, Colton, is dealing with bipolar disorder and falling in love at the same time is something I’m proud of. Poor Colton, I put him through the wringer. He’s taking care of his mental health,…

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The 10 Totally Made-Up Commandments of Querying

This is an Insecure Writer’s Support Group post. Since I’m currently querying and fielding nothing but rejections, I’d like to share the pain. Odds are good that some of you are in the trenches with me. The optional August question is: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey? Querying. Avoid querying, if at all possible. No, I don’t mean that. It’s just the bitterness talking. Really, what I mean is: don’t query before your manuscript…

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