InsecureWritersSupportGroup

It’s that time of the month again, first Wednesday, which means, it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group:

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.

 

DISCLAIMER: this is a brag post and I’ll be tooting my own horn. 

My second book, ONE SMALL CHANCE, officially came out two weeks ago on August 24th. It’s been a busy time with promotion ads and reviews and a book blitz day. I’ve learned more about launching a book than I knew the first time but there were still things I’ll try differently for the next book.

I chose to launch it at 99¢ during this time (sale price ends tonight!) and saw some extra sales. Overall, I was pleased with the results and my little book even ranked pretty well on Amazon for a few hours even though I was only able to grab a screenshot of the second highest ranking:

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And it also made it into the Hot New Release lists on the Holiday Fiction and Clean & Wholesome Romance categories:

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Pretty cool, if I may say so myself.

I’ve started prewriting and research for the next project and I’m getting excited about it. The best part is that I’m going to Portugal next month (it’s been over three years since the last time) and I have some in-country trips planned to research the setting further. Can’t wait!!!

 

 

SEPTEMBER 7TH QUESTION: How do you find the time to write in your busy day?

This is a tough one to balance. I prefer to write at night but since my kids are all in school, I try to make good use of my time alone when I’m not working (I’m a substitute teacher). I’m also learning to jump into the writing whenever I can and make those moments count.

 

Insecure Writer #80

  • J.L. CampbellSeptember 7, 2016 - 11:40 AM

    Good for you! Congrats on your book sales. We do have to make of any time we have for writing.ReplyCancel

  • Roland YeomansSeptember 7, 2016 - 1:32 PM

    I lie to myself to get myself to sit down and write: “Just one paragraph, Roland. You can write one lousy paragraph no matter how tired you are, can’t you?” It usually turns into at least one page. Do that over a year, and you’ve written a novel!

    Great news about your sales. Me? I’m the best kept secret on the internet. But I have great looking covers. Come see a few. RolandReplyCancel

  • Pat GarciaSeptember 8, 2016 - 3:53 AM

    Congratulations on your book launch. Now I must go to amazon germany and see if it is there so I can purchase it.

    Your title is interesting. It caught my eye and I love the fact that it is a love story from Portugal.

    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat GarciaReplyCancel

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InsecureWritersSupportGroup

It’s that time of the month again, first Wednesday, which means, it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group:

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.

 

My new book, ONE SMALL CHANCE, is coming out in a few weeks. I’ve finished edits (rounds and rounds and rounds of edits), and I’m sending the ebook to early reviewers very, very soon. I’m walking that fine line between being sick of it and wanting to have it published already.

Today I’m talking about “The End”. I read a lot of books that have these two words as a conclusion to the story. I understand the purpose of it, and I can see why some authors use it. Obviously, you get to that part of the book and there’s no more story.

When I wrote my first story, I didn’t finish with those two words. Then my editor typed them in and said something like “You’ve earned the right to type this”, but I still held back. I realized that while I was indeed done writing the story, the story itself was not done. My characters had more to live and the last line I wrote was not the end for them. And this is why you will not read THE END at the end of my books.

 

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AUGUST 3RD QUESTION: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?

The first story that I ever wrote was the first version of The Secret Life of Daydreams. Technically, it’s been published but it’s not the same story that I first wrote. After working on it for two years, I rewrote the whole thing from scratch (same characters, basic plot, and setting). I only kept the epilogue. So it’s a yes and no to this question.

Insecure Writer #82

  • Tonja DreckerAugust 3, 2016 - 2:56 PM

    Congrats to the upcoming release! I hear you on the love/hate relationship. There comes a point where I can’t look at the stories anymore either. But that passes again. Miraculously. The End is such a final statement. Not sure I’d like that either.ReplyCancel

  • Diane BurtonAugust 3, 2016 - 8:57 PM

    Congratulations on your new release. Enjoy the moment, then promote the heck out of it! I know what you mean about almost hating a story because you’ve read it so many times. Try it again in a few years. You’ll love it again.ReplyCancel

  • Pat GarciaAugust 4, 2016 - 1:21 AM

    Hi,
    Congratulations on a job well done. You’ve finished the first round and getting ready for the second milestone which means marketing. I truly understand you not writing The End to your books or your short stories. I am leery of that two, because I ask myself when does a story really end. There are some stories that I want to continue on with but at a later time.
    All the best with your upcoming release.
    Shalom aleichem,
    PatriciaReplyCancel

  • Michelle WallaceAugust 4, 2016 - 12:59 PM

    Congratulations on your new book! That’s so exciting!
    You should enjoy the moment…after all, lots of hard work goes into publishing a book.
    Good luck with sales!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal CollierAugust 5, 2016 - 10:42 AM

    This is my third attempt to comment. I commented two days ago and for whatever reason, this site hates me. Regardless…

    I never type the end. The story isn’t ended. Just because there aren’t any more words on the page doesn’t mean the character’s lives are magically finished. Oh no.ReplyCancel

InsecureWritersSupportGroup

It’s that time of the month again, first Wednesday, which means, it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group:

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.

 

There are a lot of blog posts out there about writing and finishing and publishing your first book. I did one of those myself. After all, it’s a big deal to write and finish a book, and even a bigger deal to get it published.

What nobody talks about is the second book. I thought it would be easier and I now know about the pressures and expectations of writing and publishing beyond the first book.

I started writing my second book while taking a break after having finished my first novel, The Secret Life of Daydreams. I wrote about 34,000 words of a story between Simon and Isabel, and then put it aside when I started editing and rewriting Josh and Sofia’s story.

A few months ago I went back to it and I knew right away I had to start over. I liked the characters and I liked their story but the plot was not working. So I started over. I wrote about 15,000 words and those were not working so I started again. This time I wrote about 10,000 before I knew it wasn’t working either.

The doubts assailed me: what if I couldn’t write another novel? What if I wrote it but it wasn’t as good as the first one? And what if the readers who loved my first one didn’t like this one? Thinking about the expectations of others, and the expectations I had of me and what I thought others would think, put undue pressure on my ability to let go and write the story.

Yes, I started it again. For the 4th time, I started writing a story with the same characters and the same backstory but I let go of the pressures and concentrated on the characters only. And something amazing happened. Without the pressure of expectations, I was able to write a 40,000 word novella in eighteen days. Unprecedented, I tell you. I’m a slow writer and this never happens. In fact, it completely blew me away how vivid the characters and their story were and how fast I could write it all.

This book has definitely been a lesson for me.

 

And for this month’s question:

JULY 6TH QUESTION: What’s the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

I’ve been very blessed to receive lots of good reviews and compliments on my book. I especially love the ones that say it’s very well written. I’m not an English speaker and sometimes I worry that it shows in my writing. To have a reader, especially a critical reader, notice that I make an effort not only with the characters and story but also with the writing is like a payoff to all the hard work I put into it.

 

Insecure Writer #82

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