neurotic writing

Why Titles are Literally the Worst

This is an Insecure Writer’s Support Group post. To join the group yourself, head over to their website and don’t forget to throw a ninja salute at our captain, Alex J Cavanaugh. The co-hosts for this month’s posts are Beverly Stowe McClure, Tyrean Martinson, Tonja Drecker and Ellen the Cynical Sailor, stop by and check out their posts as you’re hopping today! The question (totally optional, you little rebel, you) for June 6th is: What’s harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names? Answer:…

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How to Survive the Querying Process; Or, Being a Stubborn Ball of Rock

Grit For this post we want the grit that means courage and resolve, or strength of character. The definition that is synonymous with bravery, pluck, mettle, backbone, strength of will, steel, nerve, fortitude, toughness, determination, and tenacity. All of that sounds . . . well, amazing. MUCH better than refreshing your inbox for the sixth time in five minutes and then curling into a ball, rocking and staring, because the refresh only brought you another rejection. (Not that I’ve done…

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Springing Into Action

This is an Insecure Writer’s Support Group Post post. (Sorry, got a bit carried away with my proper nouns there.) The IWSG meets up on the first Wednesday of every month to exchange judgment-free anecdotes about author life. To check out the other blogs participating or sign up for the group yourself head here. If you’re hopping don’t forget to stop by the co-host’s pages and say thanks. May’s co-hosts are E.M.A. Timar, J.Q. Rose, C. Lee McKenzie, and our own Raimey Gallant who also runs the…

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Learn to Write Well by . . . Watching Movies?

Wait, what? Did I seriously just tell you to sit down and waste time watching a form of media that has nothing to do with meeting your word count goals? . . . yes. With some caveats. I don’t mean “watch a movie every day” or “ignore your writing to watch your favorite film” or “binge that Netflix show ’cause some random writing advice on the Internet said to”. Don’t do that. Media responsibly, and etc. etc. No, what I…

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The Hammer of Ban*

*And no, “Ban” is not an up-cycled traditional French men’s name. I literally mean “ban” as in “refuse access” New self-hosted website, new world, brave new problems. So far I have been extremely lucky in the troll department *knocks on wood*. Mostly because my site is very small, possibly because the tiny niche of aspiring writer is a hard one to have a big old troll issue with? For whatever reason, I mostly got useful, legit comments on the old…

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Feminism, and Romance?

I’ve noticed a trend on several Bookstagram accounts I follow lately. It’s a good trend, and I am all for it. At the root, it’s all about making sure female authors have the same opportunity male authors do to be on your bookshelves and receive awards when it’s time for those literary trophies to be handed out. Equality=good. One specific part of this growing movement stuck out to me, and I’m going to give you my thoughts on it. For…

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Can I Call Myself An Author Now?

Not much of a long wordy post today, I’m too busy doing a happy Muppet flail!   I’m thrilled to announce that my first ever book, Big Mistake, is now available! You can find it here on eXtasy Book’s website. Look at that pretty, shiny new cover. That’s right, an official link to an official eBook that I officially wrote! Do I get to tell people “I’m an author” when they ask what I do? It’s established fact now? Riding on the wave…

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Books Reward the Bookworm

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means it’s time for the monthly blood & ink sacrifice to the shade of William Shakespeare! #authorlife #amwriting Haha, wait. *Double checks calendar* No, it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Sorry. We sacrifice on Saturdays. The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is all about being real with your struggles and insecurities, without fear or worry. Unburden and know that your online support group is here. We post on the first Wednesday of…

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Why I Love Writing Romance

As a romance author, February tends to be a pressurized month for me. It’s the time of year when you can’t move outside your house for fear of being slapped in the face by ferociously pink plastic hearts. I feel like I’m supposed to enjoy that sensation, or, you know, at least market with it. I do acknowledge the silliness behind memorializing, in gilt and silk flowers, the church gloss-over of a pagan fertility ceremony. Or, alternate option, celebrating the…

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When One Door Closes, Kick Another One Open

Impostor syndrome has been on my mind lately, partly due to that viral thing Neil Gaiman wrote about it and also because I follow Chuck Wendig’s blog Terribleminds and he just wrote a whole article on impostor syndrome and how to deal with it. Seriously recommended, especially if you want to hear a good solid technique. What he wrote really inspired me, at a time when I needed inspiration (i.e. my very first e-book will be coming out in the next few…

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