Tuesday, June 30, 2015

#IWSG: Never Bloody Give Up

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Members post our thoughts on our own blog. We talk about our doubts and the fears we have conquered. We discuss our struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling.

Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.

The awesome co-hosts for the the July 1 posting of the IWSG will be

Never Bloody Give Up

Is there anything in a writer’s life that causes more insomnia than the dreaded and vital first page? The power of the first page? A contract with an agent / publisher. A reader holding it lovingly to their chest as they hurry to the cashier. A promise author will take them to a place they’ve never been before.

There should be awards for the novel with the best first page. Regardless if the rest of the story is awe-inspiring, I’d like to see a list of books wherein the first page rocks. I’ve discovered critique sites which will provide feedback on  your first page. At a writer’s convention, I sat in on several ‘slush pile’ discussions. Several others, including my editors, all have had a go at my first page.  Daggers have sliced and diced Forbidden’s initial four paragraphs.

It hasn’t been pretty. I nearly gave up, putting aside a manuscript that virtually kept me in a lover’s prison for the past three years. Anger, depression, and a rampant inferiority complex sapped my creative juices. I had hit the dreaded wall. Not the blank page hysteria, no. It was the insidious devil that had me believing the task exceeded my talent.

During the past few months, I’ve burned away the negative mood – deleting or upgrading my websites. Dug up my gardens and tossed out non-performing perennials. Removed every useless or unwanted item from my closets. You could say I purged and rebuilt my home turf. It was an awakening to discover how much that stuff occupied valuable space, stole precious time, and drained my creative energy.

During this period of self-reflection, I paid attention to those things that are most important to me – my animals, quiet time, connection with nature, physical wellness, and regained trust in my sixty something years of experience. I let go of people and ideas that lacked connection with my soul, and decided to give worry a huge kick in the ass.

The purge is not yet complete. However, there is a sense of freedom surging to the surface. The muse is recovering from a deep dive. This morning I tingled with excitement, seeing unlimited possibilities. Most of all, a fresh idea for page one has ignited. Am I up to the challenge? Damn right.  My message for writers or anyone fearing they lack the skills to be successful – Never Bloody Give Up!

Beta readers are invited to have a look at my revision. The first few pages are posted on Wattpad. Access them via my Forbidden facebook page. Comments, good or not so good, are welcome via email (featherstone.author@gmail.com).

Blessings

Recharging my batteries.

Recharging my batteries.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

IWSG: OMG, Was I Wrong About Cyberspace Connections

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#IWSG – Our Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world! Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG. The awesome co-hosts for the the June 3 posting of the IWSG will be M. Pax, Tracy Jo,Patricia Lynne, Rachna Chhabria, Feather Stone, and Randi Lee! 

Yahoo, I’m co-hosting IWSG today. 

 OMG, Was I wrong.

Almost four years ago I tentatively created my first facebook page. I was flying solo in setting up accounts and creating my profile. By that I mean that I didn’t have the benefit of access to a teenager who could help me navigate the murky world of cyberspace. I’m used to face to face connections. Prefer it, and truthfully, still do. Those muscle twitches, side-way glances, shifting feet speak volumes if someone is listening and caring – or not.

Angela Ackerman

Angela Ackerman

When my novel was published, it was time to step up the level of connecting with readers and writers. I thought I was going to throw up. I’m not exaggerating. Social media platforms? OMG, where can I hide? Then I met Angela Ackerman of Writers Helping Writers at When Words Collide convention.

Angela told me that to optimize books sales, author’s needed to make ‘meaningful connections’ with readers. On cyberspace? Are you crazy? I’m of that generation that holds back, always on guard to maintain privacy. And, what about identity theft? I’m finally getting over that paranoia. Better late than never.

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Nicki Elson

Nicki Elson at Omnific Publishing is an amazing woman. Her warmth and professional attitude showed me that it is possible to make long distant friendships and benefit from their experience and wisdom. Over the past three years, many of the Omnific authors have participated as a group in marketing our novels, and lean on each other for support. The fact is, I don’t know if I could have reached my current level of success without them, and others.

Gary A. Nilsen, MFA

Gary Nilsen

More recently, I met Gary Nilsen – editor extraordinaire! If you’re looking for an author to help you polish your manuscript, I highly recommend Gary.  He’s honest, but not brutal (I’ve suffered the cruelty of one editor). He has an eye for inconsistencies, weakness in character development, and plot dynamics which will cause a reader to give the book a toss across the room. What I especially valued in Gary, was that when he sent back my critiqued chapters, he remained available to discuss alternatives to the problem spots. Connect with Gary at: http://ift.tt/1FSOPOe

Alex Cavanaugh

Another group which has helped me immensely is the Insure Writers Support Group.  Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh (author of the Amazon Best Selling Cassa series), the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, my circle of friends has grown. There is just one teensy problem. It’s difficult to find enough time to visit everyone’s post.

Now, isn’t that just too weird. I’ve gone from avoiding meaningful connections, to not having enough time to visit and chat with all my connections.

There are many dozen great authors and bloggers participating with IWSG. Give everyone a visit and say hello. You may just have the advice someone is looking for.  Remember to share what you enjoyed on twitter, facebook, etc.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

WHO ARE YOU? #NatureIsCalling

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I’m boosting my creative juices? During May, I am participating in David Suzuki’s 30 X 30 Nature Challenge: 30 Minutes in Nature over the next 30 days. #NatureIsCalling

See my post: A Fun Challenge That Could Make You a Better Writer

#30x30NatureChallenge

Why will this boost my creative juices? “A growing chorus of scientists and researchers agree: time spent in nature makes us happier, healthier and less stressed. It increases creativity and lowers risk of heart attacks. It even makes us nicer, more empathetic humans, with more meaningful relationships and increased community involvement.​”

WHO ARE YOU?

A 20-Day Journey to Self-Discovery, Health and Success.
Transformation Begins May 9th.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sidetrail Sammy Strikes Again, #NatureIsCalling

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I’m boosting my creative juices? During May, I am participating in David Suzuki’s 30 X 30 Nature Challenge: 30 Minutes in Nature over the next 30 days. #NatureIsCalling

See my post: A Fun Challenge That Could Make You a Better Writer

#30x30NatureChallenge

Why will this boost my creative juices? “A growing chorus of scientists and researchers agree: time spent in nature makes us happier, healthier and less stressed. It increases creativity and lowers risk of heart attacks. It even makes us nicer, more empathetic humans, with more meaningful relationships and increased community involvement.​”

Sidetrail Sammy Strikes Again

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Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inYUlGmH3gg&index=1&list=FLnBMs5gymtZXaGQoDUHyzdQ


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