Wednesday, September 4, 2013

First Post For Insecure Writer's Support Group

Today is the 2nd year anniversary of Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group. When my blog was new Alex posted a few comments of encouragement that really meant a lot. My blog is new now but then is was brand new. I'm talking a handful of hits new and completely free of followers. I hope I can pass it on.


I'm most insecure about self publishing my first novel 'Twist' of my Rebecca Ashley mystery series. It's so hard to tell when a book is done. I'm such a new writer that I can't tell if I'm over or under editing certain parts of my book. Sure, grammar is obvious but what about content? How can you tell a book is done?

A family member mentioned rewriting the beginning again. I'm not so sure but I'm willing to listen to what they have to say. I'm always open to suggestions. In fact, I could not have finished this book without them!

I've done everything people suggest self published authors do. I had my book professionally edited. I had a professional artist design the cover. Now I need to format the book and upload it. I will read through the finished manuscript one last time and then press the publish button. To learn more about The Insecure Writer's Support Group check it out!: http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/p/the-insecure-writers-support-group.html 

15 comments:

  1. Hi Adrienne
    Self publishing is a hard road, so is finding a publisher. Are you a member of a critique group? That may boast your confidence. Nice to meet you. Your cover is interesting. Best of luck.
    Nancy

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    1. I have a professional editor and many beta readers. I've participated in workshops and re-written this book about five times. It takes a village! Ha ha! Still, I always second guess myself.

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  2. Thank you Nancy! Nice to meet you as well.

    Yes, being your own publisher, final say in editing and marketing team is daunting. Thank you for your support.

    -A

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  3. As I'm still working on writing, I've got no advice to give on publishing... but the fact that you wrote a novel in three days is AMAZING. I know it's hard not to second guess yourself, but whenever a doubt surfaces, just remember your accomplishment. Not many writers could have done what you did. Good luck on the final leg of your journey!

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    1. Thanks T!

      It's my third year participating in the Three Day Novel Contest and I still can't believe I wrote a first draft in three days. While it wont win any awards and is going to be one hell of a chore to turn into a second draft I think it has potential. I'm setting it aside until my first book is published.

      It's nice to meet you!

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  4. Adrienne,

    I am in a similar boat. I have a finished novel that I can't seem to finish..... Going on my 3rd draft, trying to add word count without adding fluff, and wondering when i will ever know it is complete.

    Good luck, let me know if you figure some answers out!

    Shelly

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    1. I've read that sometimes you've just got to hit publish and move one. When your book is blessedly free of grammatical errors and your simply editing for content over and over again you can edit yourself into oblivion. We get better at writing books by writing books! I know I'm supposed to move on. Easier said than done!

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  5. Since I haven't completed even a first draft yet, I'm sorry to say I'm not sure about the answer as to when a book is done and ready to be published. I've always believed that your instinct will lead you in the right direction and you'll just know it's ready. I could be wrong, but I think a feeling of completion will come to you. Thanks for stopping by my IWSG post. :)

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    1. Hi Jennifer!

      Thanks! I hope you're right! I'm hoping that after I sit down and do another read through cover to cover that the sense of completion will wash over me. We'll see.

      -A

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  6. Good questions, Adrienne. It has so much to do with instincts and self-trust. If you're new at writing, I recommend reading every single how to book you can. Starting with On Writing, Writing the Breakout Novel, and there are so many.

    Okay, enough with the empty answer. How about this, you know the book's finished when the protagonist has reached the end of his search for answers or a goal, or whatever it was he was seeking. When Clarice caught Buffalo Bill, then graduated, then call that creepy call from Hannabel, the story had come full circle. The end was inevitable.

    Happy IWSG. Sorry for the long reply. I'm sitting amongst paint fumes.

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  7. Hi Joylene,

    Your long reply is very helpful and much appreciated! My genre is mystery and my protagonist has solved the crime. My story has a clear beginning, middle, and end. The only part of my book I keep adjusting is the beginning. It starts out slow and I'm afraid I'll lose my readers.

    My favorite book on life and writing is 'Bird by Bird' by Anne Lamott.

    Thanks for the support!
    -A


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  8. Welcome to IWSG (or welcome back perhaps).

    I have a belief that for the writer, the book is never finished. As you keep learning and growing, you'll see all the mistakes and foolish things you did. But you can't wait until you know everything before putting your work out there. It's done when you know you've written and edited it to the best of your ability. Then you put it out there and let it go. Writing novels is like having a kid (I'm guessing, I don't have any). You can raise them and instill them with everything you want them to be and know, but at the end of the day, you have to let them walk out the door and be whatever they are going to be, flaws and all.

    Good luck to you!

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  9. Hi Mencara,
    Good advise. I'm feeling more confidant.
    Thank you,
    -A

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  10. You can do it! Sounds like you took all the steps and are ready to go.
    And welcome to the IWSG.

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    1. Thank you Alex! Glad to become part of the community you founded. Very cool!

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