Insecure Writer’s Support Group – New Year, New Things

InsecureWritersSupportGroup Get the prelims out of the way, #IWSG is here to help! Check out our co-host, Gwen Gardner, Dolorah, Sarah Foster, and M. Pax! Visit and show some love to our fearless creator, Alex J. Cavanaugh. Check out some of the other group member’s post and help them out.  As the new year starts, I find myself discovering new thing about writing.

  1. I am doing a rewrite of a novel that I finished (67,000 words) back in 2013. Rewrites are hard.
  2. My novel sales can go from a steady few books sold a day, to crickets in a matter of weeks. Selling books is hard.
  3. I took the entire month of December off and getting back to work took longer than I imagined. Staying on task is hard.
  4. I had two of my beta readers read the final book in my series, Hope for Us and they loved it. Finding people who support my writing is amazing and makes all the hard stuff worth it.

I welcome any and all advice on dealing with 1-3. For all those writers out there, if you have #4, cherish it. If you don’t, send me your MS. I’ll support you. 🙂 lotus

9 thoughts on “Insecure Writer’s Support Group – New Year, New Things

  1. Okay, manuscript in the mail –when I finish it.

    I agree about those hard to do things. Selling becomes easier when there’s a crowd that’s on fire for the product and a buying frenzy ensue. The irony of having a best seller is that you need to get on the best-seller list which in turn generates more sales. I guess it’s kind of like the rich get richer syndrome. Now how to appear on that list is the real trick.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

  2. Yikes, everything is hard, isn’t it? I’m definitely with you on #1. It’s coming up on 4 years since I started my WIP and I really don’t look at that anniversary as a good thing. I guess we just have to keep trying until we get things done.

    February IWSG Co-host

  3. Arlee, I’ve considered finding someone to try to an my books….that’s always good for sales!

    Sarah, my first full-length novel took something like 15 years to draft (before I committed a mercy-killing on it). The next was more like 5. The most recent took about a year from start to publication. Practice really does help! (So does having people asking when the next book will be out 😀 )

  4. It’s very hard indeed–writing is hard! But I can’t imagine anything I love more. You just have to power through it and in the end you’ll be proud of your shiny new accomplishment!

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