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Every 1st Wednesday of the month we all come together to support each other in our writing endeavors. You can join the blog hop by clicking Here

We all looked after by Alex Cavanaugh and his trusty co hosts Lee Lowery, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Jennifer Hawes, Cathrina Constantine, and Tyrean Martinson!

So last month I was waiting on confirmation that I was once again a signed author phew! Lets hope it works out better second time round huh!

January has been a mixture of writing book two, if I’m not trying to plot it in my head…. While at work renewing bonds (haha)

so book two… this book has taken enough twists and turns I didn’t see coming, as I start writing about child abuse and wonder who I can ask for help on things…

So this months question as I don’t have much to tell…

Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?

I sometimes take part in Friday Fictioners which is run by  lovely lady called Rochelle every Wednesday she will post a picture as a prompts and we have to write something within a 100 words. Then we all critque each others work.

I think the best one I ever wrote was one when my hubbies dad died. Which you can READ here and possibly the one about joining the fire service.

Happy IWSG Day – It’s Been An Experience! #IWSG @TheIWSG

Insecure Writers Support Day!

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Every 1st Wednesday of the month we all come together to support each other in our writing endeavors. You can join the blog hop by clicking Here

We all looked after by Alex Cavanaugh and his trusty co hosts T. Powell Coltrin,Victoria Marie Lees,Stephen Tremp,Renee Scattergood, and J.H. Moncrieff!

It’s been a Experience…

So in 2019 I got a book deal and entered the roller coaster world of publishing, that didn’t exactly end well 😦 and I was “dropped” and it stung like hell and if I am honest with you I really struggled to even care about writing anymore.

Some how I managed to dust myself off and started to submitting to agents, after the experience I had just had working directly with a publisher…

An author friend recommended her publisher, and with a bit of pixie dust and magic I’ve got a new deal 🙂 contract was signed on Christmas day so Jen, Chris and Co are heading back towards publication. I don’t know if it will have been officially announced by the time this is published but yeah. I am pretty much back on fire again : )

I’ve been working on book 2, which is a general mess as I work to remove the mention of MI5 and try and re word where Jen was working for. I am also looking forward to hearing from my new publisher when they are back at work this week. So who knows I might update before Wednesday.

So anyway enough of me rambling about book stuff January’s question awaits…

What started you on your writing journey? Was it a particular book, movie, story, or series? Was it a teacher/coach/spouse/friend/parent? Did you just “know” suddenly you wanted to write?

It all began for me back at school, when we did exams and school work I always wanted to write longer stories than I had time for.. Then I guess I started writing about a girl which I guess used to be me. Saving people (boys I loved) I have a possible YA planned out. Which was something I wrote after my friendship with some people started to break down. I used to write to get back at them haha. So yeah I have at least two YA’s in me if anyone happens to be interested.

The inspiration to start writing again, mainly came from being inspired by C L Taylor and Mark Edwards’ novels and I suddenly wanted to write again. I then got onto an adult education class in creative writing and as they say all the rest is history…

My colleagues at work have inspired me to keep going. In fact book 1 will be dedicated is it to them? And the HR lady who made it possible for me to work three days a week. renewing bonds is the most boring thing ever so I always have time to let my mind wonder and come up with things for my novels.

My 2020 plans, book released 😀 and hopefully book 2 will be more in the pipeline. Exciting times ahead…

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Update:

Happy Insecure Writers Day! #IWSG @TheIWSG

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Morning,

You will all be glad to know I’ve had a better month, I am back on the submissions trail, I’m off all this week so pretty much on the search for stuff to do. Though my writing mojo is still hitting an all time low.

Hubby is said once I get offered something again my excitement will re appear but for now…. Going to just wait, and wait and wait….

I might attempt self publishing in the new year… But will need to get someone to help me with the “issues” with it and thus might end up paying someone…

After much further a-do..

Let’s play a game. Imagine. Role-play. How would you describe your future writer self, your life and what it looks and feels like if you were living the dream? Or if you are already there, what does it look and feel like? Tell the rest of us. What would you change or improve?

I’m not really rocking the role play idea… though I guess this is open to interpretation…

I think there are different stages to what I deem success, I think to me right now it’s a book deal… given the past six months it would be just seeing my work in print out there available to buy.. : )

Then there are tv and film deal haha

Have a good month everyone..

Every 1st Wednesday of the month we all come together to support each other in our writing endeavors. You can join the blog hop by clicking Here

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Hey,

Going to keep this short, as I’ve had a shit month, I’ve been “dropped” by my publisher so I’ve been generally struggling ALOT. I hate to admit it but it kinda feels like I’ve been dumped by a boyfriend! Last time this happened (being dumped by a boyfriend) I shortly met Andrew.. So there’s hope…

I’ve taken Twitter off my phone in hopes that will help things…

So long the excitement of it all.. Times are most certainly hard for dreamers.

Only really posting so I don’t lose my spot on the blog hop. Sorry I’m not really more positive 😦

 

X

Every 1st Wednesday of the month we all come together to support each other in our writing endeavors. You can join the blog hop by clicking Here

We all looked after by Alex Cavanaugh and his trusty co hosts Sadira Stone, Patricia Josephine, Lisa Buie-Collard, Erika Beebe, and C. Lee McKenzie!

Happy Insecure Writers Day @TheIWSG #IWSG

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Every 1st Wednesday of the month we all come together to support each other in our writing endeavors. You can join the blog hop by clicking Here

We all looked after by Alex Cavanaugh and his trusty co hosts Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Mary Aalgaard, Madeline Mora-Summonte, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!

Sorry I missed last months 😦 in the past month I have almost re written my novel and resubmitted it to the publisher and I am wading through a two week wait for feedback… I’ve also been trying to plot book 2 and failing I brought a book but I think my problem is I don’t have a central hero which I think is making everything so much harder! am i writing from different POVs like my current novel or can I keep it all one story. Why can’t I just bloody write it!? though most of it is already written then look for advice. BUT I don’t want to have to go through everything again that I have with this one!

Why do novels need structure!? Because aren’t I telling a story? and if I was to make up a story and have to read it aloud off the top of my head I wouldn’t be worrying about plotting and structure!!!

This months question:

 It’s been said that the benefits of becoming a writer who does not read is that all your ideas are new and original. Everything you do is an extension of yourself, instead of a mixture of you and another author. On the other hand, how can you expect other people to want your writing, if you don’t enjoy reading? What are your thoughts?

So pre being brought a kindle I did write something that was full of teen angst!!! a YA I hear you ask!

As I heard on a podcast every story written these days is combining themes. In the beginning mine was the love of the bill and spooks in the modern day.

Reading C L Taylor and Mark Edwards re ignited my want to write, so would I have ever got this back if I hadn’t of been brought a kindle!? Plus I’m writing crime and from reading ALOT of Cally I can’t really see how my work is a mixture of hers or in the fact Marks?

I was always told at school, my spelling and grammar issues were because I didn’t read much..

Maybe we should just stop worrying and thinking about it all and just write…

Happy IWSG Day #IWSG @TheIWSG

Insecure Writers Day!

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Every 1st Wednesday of the month we all come together to support each other in our writing endeavors. You can join the blog hop by clicking Here

We all looked after by Alex Cavanaugh and his trusty co hosts Renee Scattergood, Sadira Stone, Jacqui Murray, Tamara Narayan, and LG Keltner!

I am so tired this month! We’ve had a week in Cornwall, a week trying to avoid my WIP and finally went back to work on Monday thank fuck! I am currently sat here listening to Jimmy Eat World in search of inspiration! I also have a sore throat, a random swelling on my ankle and two kids who are driving me to insanity!

Though after my chat with my publisher today I am finally working on draft 2.1. If I can find some inspiration! The end could quite possibly be in sight. I am just not feeling the excitement right now / anymore.

In other news I have cut down on my ARCs because I want to read some of the stuff by authors I like who are on my TBR pile. So one more to be read atm and one more in like Feb then I am sort of done. Unless anyone wants to send me anything : p

Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you’d forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming?

I don’t really know the answer to this question, with STILL not being a plotter the things I come up with in my head for things that are going on in the story or who did its. Tend to come as a surprise. When I attempt parkrun I’m always like I could be thinking of my novel right now… Instead of OMG I don’t want to do this anymore.

Much love as always

 

X

 

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Lots of excitement last month of the book front, I had some super positive feedback from a publisher that made me SUPER Excited and happy.

Book 2 has kinda picked up and kind of not, which has been a bit of a struggle trying to get motivated with it.

Yesterday I spent the day writing what my main character’s conflicts are… Which I am not sure whether it will help or not… So if anyone else can think of ways to motivate me to move on with book 2 I’m looking forward to hearing from you x

Which leads into this months question:

If you could use a wish to help you write just one scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be?

I think right now my wish would be for me to find direction and help in regards to book2 what I am doing and where it’s going.

I hope everyone else is doing okay….

Thanks as always goes to to Alex Cavanaugh and his super team make sure we are all sticking to the rules and keeping IWSG going! Why don’t you pop along and join the blog hop! 

Happy Insecure Writers Day! #IWSG @TheIWSG

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How quick does the first Wednesday in the month come round? At least I am not ill this time!

So where are we with my writing.

I sent New Beginnings out to agents and publishers and got a little bit excited when one of them asked to read my full manuscript. So I am more or less pressing send and receive all the time! I hate how long it takes for publishers and agents to respond!

While walking the dog yesterday I found myself day dreaming about my book launch… I am also going to an event tonight and meeting some authors and also a lady that I’ve sent New Beginnings to directly. I am really not sure how what your supposed to do in these situations, other than scream have you read my WIP, will you publish it! ALSO there, there is going to be another author whose books I love! OMG it’s crazy kinda stupid.

I am also back to writing again, so novel 2 is on its way i’ve been writing this differently I have been writing scenes and not the novel from beginning to end like I wrote New Beginnings. It has all the character’s in it from my first novel so all a bit exciting there.

Anyway enough of my rambling, on to the question of the month.

Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?

I guess in New Beginnings I write in the “hero’s” POV partly because as I wrote it I didn’t know who had done it or why they’d done it. In this one again it’s probably from the hero’s again.

I am not sure how I would even go about writing from the villain’s pov…. food for thought.

Thanks as always goes to to Alex Cavanaugh and his super team make sure we are all sticking to the rules and keeping IWSG going! Why don’t you pop along and join the blog hop! 

X

Happy IWSG Day! #IWSG @TheIWSG

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Being full of lurgy I am going to keep it short this month.

New Beginning:

I now have my edits back from my aunty so I can start submitting properly. I’ve had one agent so far ask if they can send it on to a colleague (fingers crossed) and one rejection so far.

Being full of lurgy does not help things as I also need to finish stuff for the Lucy Cavendish competition.

This months question: Besides writing, what other creative outlets do you have?

As some of you will know I used to make models with loom bands, and have also recently started sewing!!!! A picture for my friend baby…

I am sorry I’m not more chirpy and talkative. i’ve going to put my head down on my desk now and sleep.

X

 

Happy IWSG Day! #IWSG @TheIWSG

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I have been thinking it’s Monday all day today! EPIC fail I even told a client I wouldn’t be back in till Wednesday! Fail!

So I am just gearing up to go to a writer’s thing in Cambridge, which means picking what I want to attend and which “mentor” person I want to see.

I’ve had my first half of my WIP back from my aunty so I need to hit the ground running on that one… Esp as I need to submit it by next Friday! For this thing in Cambridge.

Things are also gearing up at work… But that’s another story….

So to this weeks question

What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?

people don’t really ask me anything I guess… I tend to start conversation “You know that book that I am writing.” my family seem to be just letting me get on with it…. (story of my life) so I guess I can’t really answer this months question… 😦 ask me questions…

I hope everyone is well rested after Christmas and New Year!

Thanks as always to Alex Cavanaugh and his super team make sure we are all sticking to the rules and keeping IWSG going! Why don’t you pop along and join the blog hop! 

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