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#IWSG: Your First Piece of Writing

A book I "wrote" and "illustrated" at a mere 10 years of age.

The question from this month’s #IWSG newsletter is: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published? As I say in my bio, “I’ve been writing so for as long as I can remember, as long as I could hold a pencil, or pen, or marker.” Seriously. I have a full drawer in my file cabinet that is just my writing, or ideas for stories. The first folder is dated 1978, so I was merely seven at the time I wrote those “poems”, and I’ve saved them all these years (almost 40!). And… all of it is collecting dust. Well, moldering. In organized files. Because I’m that way. Or I was… … Continue reading

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#IWSG – So you want to be a writer…. (pt 8)

Insecure Writers Support Group

Once again, it is time for me to ramble on writing for the Insecure Writers Support monthly post. In the past, I have written about things you should be doing as a writer. However, this is the: What *NOT* to do Edition. There are jillions of articles on what to do if you want to be a writer, but not too many on what you should NOT do. So using my vast knowledge of all of those things (which means, either YES I have done it, or YES I have had it done to me), I shall impart my words of wisdom. DO NOT visit a big bookstore and get discouraged because it is filled to the brim with other books and then think “what … Continue reading

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#IWSG – So you want to be a writer…. (pt 7)

Insecure Writers Support Group

It’s time once again for my ruminations on the art and craft of writing for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. (And if you’re a writer, and you’re not insecure, you’re probably doing it wrong.) (Just kidding. If you’re a writer, and you’re not insecure, please share your secret with the world.) Anywho, I’ve previously told you that we fight writers’ block; to write with balance; to read and write; The Ten Commandments of Writing; getting used to disappointment; and learning how to deal with criticism (a dreaded “C” word). Today, I want to chat with you a little bit more about the business of writing. Many, many authors think that if they do the hard work of writing a book, all of their dreams will … Continue reading

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#IWSG – So you want to be a writer…. (pt 6)

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In my last episode in this series, I told you that you need to get used to disappointment as a writer. And to develop thick skin. In this episode, I want to talk about the dreaded C word: criticism. I can’t tell you how many writers I’ve run across who think the words they’ve written were handed down by God himself (or Goddess herself) and not one single word should be changed. This topic came to me because a writer in one of my online groups was complaining about how much she hated criticism of her work. I get it. We slave over the storyline and characters, and it’s our baby, and we want everyone to love it. My very own book, A Spicy Secret, … Continue reading

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#FictionFriday: (nothing)

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No, “nothing” isn’t the name of today’s fiction piece. “Nothing” is what I have to share today. I think I mentioned that I have a lot of old stories on my old computer, and that I hadn’t converted them from AppleWorks to Word. Well, yesterday I got my old iBook4 down from the attic, and turns out that I had actually converted all of the stories, but hadn’t transferred them to my current computer. (I haven’t converted 189 poems, so that’s next.) So, I did the transfer and opened them up and read them and… like writers everywhere, decided that what I have previously written is crap. Wooden. No soul. No heart. Not worth sharing. (Tho I did kind of like a story that I … Continue reading

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#IWSG – So you want to be a writer…. (pt 5)

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So it’s time once again for my ramblings on the craft of writing for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, or #IWSG. I didn’t end up writing anything for January or February (bad me), even tho I’m supposed to write something on the first Wednesday of every month. They didn’t kick me out of the club (hooray!), so I’m still blog #187. Not that the number matters. Being a Sick Person means that time sorta runs together, and before I knew it, the first Wednesday of January had gone by, and then the first Wednesday of February was gone too. Shame on me. However, I’m actually writing this in mid-February, to get ready. I’m sure I’ll be reading and re-reading and writing and re-writing this post … Continue reading

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#IWSG – So you want to be a writer…. (pt 4)

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Well, it’s that time again: I said I’d participate in the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog posting (first Wednesday of every month), so here I am. Post #4. Sadly, I haven’t really got anything to say. Or much to say. (For me, same thing.) Which is weird, as I am a writer, and have always considered myself to be one, ever since I was a wee lass and could hold some sort of instrument of torture. Erm, writing. In fact, because I considered myself to be a writer, I had a difficult time considering myself to be an artist and to do my painting, drawing, etc. Anywho, last time I told you I was going to participate in National Novel Writing Month (or #NaNoWriMo, but … Continue reading

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