IWSG Day!

Hey All,

I hope everyone is doing okay! Today is the first Wednesday of the month so it’s IWSG Day! A day hosted by Alex Cavanaugh were we all come together to share our insecurities and take part in a blog hop. So hop hop along

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Lot of positivities this month to share. I have been chosen my Rachel Burton to be mentored as part of the Womentoring project. I am currently patiently awaiting feed back on my work I sent her last week. A week is along time in the life of Claire.

Today I past my second insurance exam!!!!! So that is two down one to go, though I think I will be having a break before I take the module to concentrate on my novel writing.

We have also gained a dog Podrick…. So without further a do…

Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

The first stories I wrote aka teen anx, I wrote about the people who had upset me as character’s so a couple of people I knew had staring roles. I would like to go back to this story one day and maybe add another dimension in. With the plans I have for my two main characters I could easily add them into that original story.

My creative writing teacher is always going on about D H Lawrence and how he upset the people in Eastwood (Nottingham UK) so all being well I wont make the same mistake again.

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IWSG – 6th September 2017

Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, by trying a new genre you didn’t think you’d be comfortable in?

 

Hi Guys,

I really don’t know how these days keep sneaking up on me!

In answer to this months question, I think I have surprised myself by the fact people like my writing! People have even said that it’s good! Pretty surprising to me!I still find it hard to believe them!!!! Think that is what makes me Insecure, I also worry about meeting real authors! I just don’t have the confidence anymore!

I have only ever written in one genre, so I can’t really comment on that one.

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Insecure writer’s support group, are a group of people who come together once a month to share their insecurities! This is hosted my Alex ans we blog hoop to support other writers.

I am still plodding along, with my writing I have now brought two new books in hope they will help with my writing! Dazzling Dialogue and The Emotion Thesaurus! So who knows!

The kids have gone back to school, so who knows how much time I will gain to work on something!

IWSG Day!

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Happy Insecure Writers Support Group Day!

One the first Wednesday of every month, writers come to together in order to support each other and their writing. More Information can be found HERE There is also a blog hop, so hop along and join in 🙂 I am 168!

I got a bit frustrated last month, For some unknown reason I can’t comment on blogspots, and never have been able to. So as I always go to all the ones listed on Facebook, I sent those on blogspot a message saying happy IWSG day and I got marked as spam! FINE! I will take my effort else where!

As I continue to get my work critiqued on a website, I am learning more about my grammar or lack of it! This month I have been learning all about the use of commas. Though I know reading this now you will think otherwise, but maybe that is because I tend to write stuff and never read it through!

So questions of the month…

What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

I hate to say it, but rude, other people, oh and grammar (specifically mine) *sorry*

When it comes to editing? What is right to keep and what should be got rid of, who should I listen to and who should I ignore! What is right and what is wrong!

Also finding the time to write, edit and read!

Why was I never taught grammar properly at school!?

And why do people need to be so rude!

I am now up to day 4 on the my kinda 2nd draft of New Beginnings, and there is scarringly so much more to go!

I hope everyone had a sucessful IWSG twitter pitch, maybe I might be at that stage next year!

peace out!

 

IWSG – Research

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Hey fellow worriers

I think this month’s topic is very apt as I continue to try and write a book with no one to ask for answers (no one I dare ask)

What is the weirdest/coolest thing you ever had to research for your story?

I wouldn’t say it’s cool but I have spent endless hours researching Murder, and ID of dead bodies and my current favorite missing persons, though a programme on the BBC recently helped with that, when I typed in the right word hey presto and where I had previously been stopped because I am not a member of the police force it appears if you google the right thing then you don’t need to be.

I am also an avid readers of Rebecca Bradley’s blog on police procedure and when I started writing an interview scene I went back to check it was right..

Someone once said just write the damn story and go back and check that it is right afterwards.. and where as what I have written procedure is right at the moment who knows if it will be when I get to the dreaded editing stage!

I was told that if you ask Siri where can I hide a dead body it’s responses are slightly amusing (small things)

The thing I am musing about most at the moment other than damn story lines and plot holes is why are competitions so expensive to enter? £15!!! one the other day.

it’s like if you don’t have loads of money, you can go to writing events / courses as some of them cost an arm and a leg! And you can’t enter competitions for the same reason. I guess I am just a struggling writer going no where fast.

 

IWSG – April 2017

insecure-writers-support-group-badgeHappy 5th April 2017

Undoubtedly my favorite time of the month!

My Insecurities are still present as ever, since this time last month I have written a total of 5,128 words, taken part in 5 Friday Fictioners Flash Fiction pieces, reviewed 2 books and moaned about my health….

I haven’t written much recently and even though I feel like I know where I am going to go with my novel, it’s getting there that is now becoming the issue. My creative writing class starts up again later this month but I am also kinda sulking about not being accepted for the WoMentoring project 😦 So doesn’t that mean my story is crap and my writing is rubbish? Hmm maybe I need to pick myself up and try a different author… Or just maybe give up? (on the project not my writing) I wish I had more positive stuff to share this month.

Anyways Have you taken advantage of the annual A to Z Challenge in terms of marketing, networking, publicity for your book? What were the results?

Simple answer no, I am not even sure what you are supposed to do in regards to marketing etc of my book. I have noticed a couple of the blogs I am following are doing an A-Z Challenge where they are writing a piece of flash fiction of every letter of the alphabet, I was going to “join” one of them but I generally just don’t have to time to wite something every day! and if I did have this amazing time thing maybe I should be writing my novel….

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ISWG

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A fellow author posted this yesterday the 15 stages you go through when writing your first draft and I was like yeah this post is really good and I can totally relate but by the time I had finished doing some writing yesterday I was back to this is shit!

I am according to Scrivner 56,742 words in! and I generally have no idea whose done it and why! I have an idea of why she was murdered to get to my MC, because who ever did the murdering was sending my MC items to make sure she knew who the body was. Now my MC is back in London she needs to figure out who it is. But shouldn’t I have left things in the book earlier in regards to who did it!? Would the bad guy go after the MC family who she has uped and left at home, so shouldn’t they be in danger? I just generally have no clue what I am writing or why I am writing it. The bad guy has sent the MC all these things and now she is back in London has suddenly stopped!? and is no longer interested till the author works out who the bad guy is! ARG I need a holiday / some help / something! Trying to discuss stuff with the hubby about police procedure for a start is a none starter! But maybe I should just make contact with those people I have mentioned in a previous post. I need someone, I need help!

Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

There is something I wrote years ago that I always think about, maybe it would work as a YA fiction, or maybe it is best left where it is as some of the characters have transposed into my current WIP