Insecure Writer Support Group

Or, 7 days away from finishing my fourth round of edits. More on that in a minute.


Big thank you and congrats go out to Mr. Alex J. Cavanuagh and his team for taking IWSG to the next level. If you haven’t read about the big announcement, click here.

Thanks to this month’s co-host  Chemist Ken, SL Hennessy, Michelle Wallace, and Joylene Nowell Butler.

Ok, back to the topic at hand.

Write the first draft – check
Let it sit for three weeks – check
Read through and find the big mistakes (edit #1) – check
Read through and find the big mistakes you missed on the first read through (edit #2) – check
Read through and find the small mistakes (edit #3) – check
Read out loud and find the not so obvious mistakes (edit #4) – Finish in 7 days. 

But, then what?

I love this story. It has consumed all of my free time over the last four months.  I’ve put in the work to turn it into a story that even after reading through it 10,000 times, the parts that are supposed to make me laugh, still make me laugh and the parts that are supposed to make me cry, still make me cry and I can’t wait to see what happens even though I know the ending.

But, is that enough to put it out there for the world to see?

I know about beta readers and critique partners and editors, I’ll do all that, too. What I really want to know is even after all that, will there be a clear sign that let’s me know, ok, publish it?

How do you know when your story is good enough for public consumption? 

Indie Block Party – Allow me to Introduce Myself

I took an unexcused absents from the blog world, but didn’t get much done during it. I think I’m one of those people who are more unproductive when I have time to get stuff done. Annoying habit to break. But, I’m happy to make it back in time for the Indie Block Party.
This is the brain child of one my favorite people in the blog world Fel Wetzig and Dawna Raver. Writing doesn’t have to be a lonely endeavor. Join us for the Indie Block Party to meet your writing “neighbors.”
Participants will have the opportunity to share a little about themselves and their writing, while getting to know the other like-minded crazies that make up the Indie Writing World. Indie block party

Week 1
Day 1: Introduce Yourself
Day 2: Introduce your WIP
Day 3: Interview one of your Characters
Day 4: Interview one of your Neighbors (not your real neighbor…the one who signed up on the linkey after you 😉 )

Week 2
Day 5: What are you reading?
Day 6: Top 5 books
Day 7: Share your most helpful writing tips
Day 8: Share your most helpful social media & networking tips

Full instructions are available at The Peasants Revolt or Dawna Raver’s blog.

Post 1: Allow me to introduce myself.

The standard questions:

  • Why did you start writing? I started writing in pre-K according to my mother. Oh, you probably mean when did I starting writing stories. In the 2nd grade I one an award for story based on actual events. Not withstanding the award, the story resulted in both my brother, the neighborhood kids and myself all getting punished.
  • What are your favorite genre? Another difficult one to answer, I love to write New Adult Romance with a lot of comedic situations thrown into the mix. I love to read just about everything. Stephen King is my favorite author, but currently I’m obsessed with Rachel Morgan, Molly McAdams and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • What is your blog about? I blog about movie quotes, tattoos and the life and times of Sydney Aaliyah Michelle. That covers just about anything that moves me. Currently, I am excited to participate in blog tours for New Adult books to do my part in promoting the genre. Plus, it’s what I write and what I love to read.
  • What do you do when you’re not writing? When I’m not writing, I’m editing. Again, I know it’s not what you mean, but my brain is blocked in edit mode for my current WIP. Now if you need me on a Sunday, you can find me in front of the TV watching NFL football. NFL in HD has be mesmerized. Yes, I know, not something new, but I’ve been living in China for the last 5 1/2 years. Last time I was home for an NFL season, everyone didn’t have HD TV.

Not so standard questions – this is me from A to Z:

A. Attached or Single? Single

B. Best Friend? Patrina Williams (also my cousin)

C. Cake or pie? Cake

D. Day of choice? Sunday

E. Essential Item? iPhone

F. Favorite color? Green

G. Gummy bears or worms? Haribo Gummy bears

H. Home town? Plano, Texas

I. Favorite Indulgence? Anything made of chocolate & peanut butter

J. January or July? January

K. Kids? No

L. Life isn’t complete without? Finding your passion

M. Marriage date? N/A

N. Number of brothers/sisters? 2 brothers

O. Oranges or Apples? Granny Smith Apples

P. Phobias? Fear of failure and snakes

Q. Quotes? “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Stop being insane. Do something different.”

R. Reasons to smile? Being a live

S. Season of choice? Winter

T. Television Reality Shows or Drama? Reality Shows

U. Unknown fact about me? I’m a shy person

V. Vegetable? Brocoli Rabe

W. Worst habit? I’m to sensitive

X. Xray or Ultrasound? Xray I guess, I didn’t get this one, but I’ve never had an ultrasound

Y. Your favorite food? Mexican

Z. Zodiac sign? Sagittarius

Please, introduce yourself!