Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Insecure Writers Support Group: Writing under Pressure

IWSG BadgeThe Insecure Writers Support Group meets online every first Wednesday of the month. Founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh, IWSG was created to support and encourage all writers in every phase of their work, from writing to marketing. Click here to join, and for information, writing tips and more. 

Co-hosts for April 1

Suzanne Furness http://suzannefurness.blogspot.com/
Tonja Drecker http://tonjadrecker.blogspot.com/
Toi Thomas http://etoithomas.com/blog/
Rachna Chhabria http://rachnachhabria.blogspot.com/
Fundy Blue http://selkiegrey4.blogspot.com/
Donna Hole http://dolorah.blogspot.com/





Just a brief note of encouragement to everyone attempting the A-Z this month and still trying to work on their novel like I am. 

Hang in there!
 
In some ways, I feel more energetic than ever, but I suspect it's pure adrenaline and maybe too much caffeine. I've been drinking a lot of coffee lately, sitting at my computer in my bathrobe into the afternoon, and going without sleep to keep the progression going on my novel, my blog, writing A-Z posts in advance, and keeping up with book reviews. 

The blog is current (I even changed the look). Most of my A-Z posts were done in advance. Thrilled about that. I'm two behind on my book reviews but I don't feel too bad since I do that for free anyway. 

Now to my novel: the word count is down to 82,200 (goal is 80k), and I definitely feel pressured to complete the process. (There is one publisher I really like that requests 80k or below). I'm researching publishers more than agents right now, but I do have some in mind. 

While whittling down the word count, I was surprised to discover some boo-boos in the plot line. Holy cow!! They were small and easy to fix, but whoa, I've written an adventure mystery, and it really bothers me that a book that's been read so many times could still have errors. 

I guess my main question now would be is it ready enough? Something tells me it is once the word count is appropriate, so going with my gut this time. Hopefully by the next IWSG post.....with a prayer, and a bit of fairy dust, I'll be treading the submission waters. 

Stay the course everyone _/)

22 comments:

  1. I wish you every success with your forthcoming book.
    Don't over do it though as your health is important.
    Take care.
    Enjoy your day.
    Yvonne.

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  2. It has been a weary month, but thankfully, my husband knows when to pull me away from the computer.

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  3. Wishing you well with the final editing on your novel. Look forward to hearing you've finished. Sending fairy dust your way ....

    Suzanne (IWSG co-host)

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  4. I yearn for those days past of writing into the afternoon in pjs. Way to stay the course yourself, Sharon!

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  5. You have been rereading your book and rereading it and doing what everyone else does when they are a passionate writer. You will reach the point that you realize you must let it go and not let perfectionism get the better of you. I say congrats in writing this and putting your soul into this:)

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    1. Letting go definitely is the goal. So looking forward to your a-z posts, Birgit!

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  6. These words gave me goosebumps when I read them, "is it ready enough? Something tells me it is once the word count is appropriate, so going with my gut this time. Hopefully by the next IWSG post.....with a prayer, and a bit of fairy dust, I'll be treading the submission waters."

    Wow! That's about all I can say. Wow! You're nearly there. Two thousand words, and you're ready to submit. Good luck!!!!!!!

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    1. Hi Cathy. I can't wait to hear the same coming from your direction :) Getting close, huh.

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  7. Hi Sharon Marie! I am visiting your blog today as an IWSG host. What fun it is to meet new-to-me members of the group! Hang in there! is an encouraging reminder to keep moving forward even when your goals and daily life seem overwhelming. I also enjoyed your post on alphabet blocks. I so loved them when I was a child! Good luck with all your writing plans, and happy writing to you!

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    1. Hi Fundy Blue....nice to meet you! Thanks for the encouragement. Have fun in the A-Z too.

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  8. Ha, a book NEVER feels ready enough, lol. Glad you are submitting it anyways, I am sure it will do fine. Good luck with the A-Z this month; I am not participating, going underground for the month. I also do book reviews and hope to get a few out this month. Or maybe I'll just concentrate on reading some of my famous authors instead. Decisions, decisions.

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  9. Happy to meet you, Dolorah. I almost didn't do the a-z. It's a huge commitment!!

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  10. Good luck shrinking your manuscript down to 80K! Sorry about those plot errors, though. Thank goodness they were easy to fix!

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  11. Hope you can pare it down to 80,000! Have a fun time with the Challenge.

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    1. Thanks, Alex. I appreciate all you do for the writers in this group.

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  12. Hope bringing the word count down to 80k is easy and quick. Fingers crossed for you.

    Rachna Chhabria
    Co-host IWSG
    Rachna's Scriptorium

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    1. Thanks Rachna.....and nice to meet you :)

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  13. Sounds like you've been busy. Good luck with reducing the word count and with A to Z.

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    1. Thanks, I do appreciate the encouragement.

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