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The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Gets Gritty

It must be the first Wednesday of June, because here I am posting for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. In addition to the delight of many silly gifs in this post literally no one asked for, you get me as a co-host for the IWSG, along with the wonderful Cathrina Constantine, Natalie Aguirre, Joylene Nowell Butler, and Jacqui Murray! And our question for this first day of June is:  When the going gets tough writing the story, how do you keep yourself writing to…

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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 printed and sold every year (and probably hundreds of millions of Ebooks downloaded. I haven’t done the research, but I’m feeling pretty confident with that guess.) Thousands of authors. HUGE part of the publishing 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…

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The Insecure Writer’s Group and the Epoch of Belief

It must be the first Wednesday of the month, because here I am writing with insecurity, from a place of simultaneous doubt and confidence. If you like to write with similar contradictions, and want to come out the other side of the post feeling obscurely reassured by complete strangers on the internet, this is definitely the group for you. Come join! Speaking of complete strangers floating gently around the interwebs doing kind deeds, this month our IWSG co-hosts are Kim…

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The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Audio

The awesome co-hosts for the April 6 posting of the IWSG are Joylene Nowell Butler, Jemima Pett, Patricia Josephine, Louise – Fundy Blue, and Kim Lajevardi! Go give them a thank you comment and keep the interactions going. This group is all about those connections. Sadly, the question for this month is literally unanswerable for me. Have any of your books been made into audio books? Let me stop you right there, even before we get to: If so, what is the main challenge in producing…

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The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Gets Conflicted

As always we are guided in this quest by awesome co-hosts who volunteer their time to make sure the solace spring flows. This month they are Janet Alcorn, Pat Garcia, Natalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence! Visit their links, leave a comment, and keep the conversation going. This group is all about connection. The question for March 2 is: Have you ever been conflicted about writing a story or adding a scene to a story? How did you decide to write it or not? This one…

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In Which the Author Continues Interviewing Herself About Her Books

Who was your inspiration for Colton Johnson in “Step Into Love?” My youngest sister was partly the inspiration for Colton. She deals with a lot of similar issues in her daily life, although she’s never been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This might be because she absolutely loathes going to the doctor’s office and getting her to tell a doctor how she’s actually feeling is like squeezing water out of a rock. His outlook on life is very similar to hers.…

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#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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