Here We Go Again…

Happy New Year fellow insecure writers! Here we go again…

The first Wednesday of every month is officially:

Insecure Writer’s Support Group day #IWSG

Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your writing doubts and the fears you have or have conquered. Discuss your 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.

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!

To join us, sign up here:

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Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

For those of us that didn’t crush our writing goals in 2017 here we are with a brand new start to a brand new year and an opportunity to try again. I’m not beating myself up too bad, I didn’t complete all of my goals but I did complete most of them. I can’t wait to get started!

Back in August I squeezed a lemon a bit too hard and tore some ligaments in my thumb and hand. A cast for 6-weeks and steroid shots haven’t helped so I’m starting the year with surgery on my WRITING HAND! It hurts so I’m anxious to have it repaired but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a nervous wreck. Hopefully it heals as quickly as the doc says it will.

How I  the world did I get to this age and not know to roll a tough lemon before squeezing? Ugh!

OPTIONAL #IWSG Day Question: What steps have you taken to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

I have tried about every suggestion available and the basic truth is I schedule writing time in my planner and on my calendar and it has made a difference but I need to be better at sticking to that schedule. Switching my writing time from late at night to the first thing in the morning has helped.
Be sure to stop by and thank this months Co-Hosts:

Tyrean Martinson, The Cynical Sailor, Megan Morgan, Rachna Chhabria, and Jennifer Lane.

The first #IWSG Twitter pitch of the New Year:

Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On January 18, Tweet your pitch. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query.

Many writers have seen their books published from a Twitter pitch – it’s a quick and easy way to put your manuscript in front of publishers and agents.


Writers may send out 1 Twitter pitch every 1 hour per manuscript.

Publishers/Agents will favorite/heart pitches they are interested in. Publishers can either Tweet basic submission guidelines or direct writers to their submission guidelines. (Writers, please do not favorite/heart pitches.)

No images allowed in pitches.

Pitches must include GENRE/AGE and the hashtag #IWSGPit

#C – children’s
#MG – middle grade
#YA – young adult
#NA – new adult
#A – adult
#AD – adventure
#CF – Christian fiction
#CO – contemporary
#F – fantasy
#H – horror
#HI – historical
#LF – literary fiction
#MCT – mystery/crime/thriller
#ME – memoir
#NF – non-fiction
#PB – picture book
#PN – paranormal
#R – romance
#SF – sci-fi
#WF – women’s fiction

Happy Writing,


8 Responses to “Here We Go Again…”

  • Ouch! Whoever would have thought a lemon could do that much damage? Hope the surgery goes well and you’re on the mend soon. I’m sure that must be incredibly frustrating.

  • Sending positive thoughts your way. I am sure you will make a fast recovery. Once you do take charge and keep writing. You can do it Doreen!

  • Surgery on your writing hand is tough. But get it fixed so you can get back to your writing schedule!

  • I would have never thought you could tear a ligament from squeezing a lemon. o.O!

  • Happy New Year!
    Cheers to a new year and a great new beginning 😉 Allowing time for healing may also provide time to nourish creativity. I typed with one hand when I broke my writing wrist. I even typed shopping lists because I couldn’t read my own writing ;-
    Mornings are my favorite time to write. Weekends are tough when everyone is home wanting to know where their ‘something’ is, or hubs decides to put a show on Netflix he knows I can’t resist 😉
    Heal well, write happily!

  • claire:

    I’m sorry to hear about your hand, but I would love to know how on earth you can squeeze a lemon to hard! I hope you manage to write something soon.

  • Oh no, what a shame about your hand. Sending healing thoughts your way.

    Sometimes, it’s the simple things that work, like putting time in your planner to write.

    All the best for the New Year, especially with your surgery.

  • Anna:

    I’m sorry to hear about your hand. Take your time and heal properly. Once you’re better go, go, go. Truly, take care of yourself first.

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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