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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

#IWSG: Major Life Events and #CoverReveal


Happy Insecure Writers Support Group Day. IWSG is the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh.

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! Thanks, Alex, for starting this group and keeping it going. 

Thanks to this month's awesome hosts:  Dolorah @ Book Lover,Christopher D. Votey, Tanya Miranda, and Chemist Ken!

October 3 question - How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?

Usually, I fold. That probably isn't what I should say to newbies. I've had major life events in my life--from Hubs' job disappearing to our mothers' illnesses; taking on a full-time job (for health insurance) that turned into a hostile environment. How about all three at the same time? Something has to give. For me, it was my writing. But . . . all things pass. We never know while going through difficulties when they will end. But they do. Having hope that you'll come out of those hard times can keep you going.

What helped me afterward was writing for fun. Not for publication. Just trying to remember why I wanted to write in the first place. That was cathartic. It took longer than I expected to want to pick up the pieces of my writing career. But I did it. You can, too.

September was a good month. I formatted three books for print and got them up on Amazon, etc. That felt really good. In August, I got the rights back for ONE RED SHOE, a romantic suspense. I have a new cover and just finished tweaking the original story. I should reissue it next week--ebook and print. I had to slack off on my sci-fi romance to do all that but, again, I feel good about what I accomplished.

COVER REVEAL


It Happened One Night meets Knight and Day
When elementary teacher Daria Mason left Iowa for a writers’ conference in New York City, she didn’t expect to come home with a wounded spy. Sam Jozwiak works for a shadow agency that gathers intel vital to U.S. security. From the moment he steals digital files from a Russian Mafia kingpin, Murphy’s Law takes over. No matter how he covers his tracks, the kingpin’s assassins find him. What’s worse than getting shot in the butt? Accepting help from an Iowa tourist. Thus, begins a road trip that takes Sam and Daria cross country with the assassins right behind them. 

Click here to find others on the Insecure Writers Support Group Blog Hop. Or go to IWSG on Facebook to see who’s blogging today.


36 comments:

  1. "What helped me afterward was writing for fun" Great advice. Good luck with the reissue! Happy IWSG day.

    Ronel visiting on Insecure Writer's Support Group day: Course Correction

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  2. I can totally relate to what you're saying about something having to give--your writing--sometimes. Great that you could turn to it for fun. And glad you had a great month.

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  3. Love the cover, Diane! And it sounds like a great read.
    It's inspiring to know you were able to get back to your writing career. Proof we should never say never. Thanks for sharing your experience

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    1. Thanks, Julie. "Never give up, never surrender." Okay, maybe a little, sometimes. But we get back up.

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  4. Such a great story concept. LOVE it. And I totally want to read it--when I find the time to get back to my TBR list.

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    1. Thanks, Crystal. I know what you mean about that TBR list. Toppling over.

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  5. Congrats on the re-release! I respond the same way to life events...my writing suffers. I always feel horribly guilty about it, but we can only do so much.

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    1. That's exactly right, J.H. We do what we can. Life is stressful enough without our adding to it by trying to do everything.

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  6. You got a lot done in September. Love the cover - all the best with the relaunch :-)

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  7. It's not really slacking off if you're working on other books, is it? Like the new cover!

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  8. I love the idea of writing for fun. That's why I wanted to be a writer in the first place! Love the new cover. Congrats on all you've accomplished!

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    1. Thanks, Alicia. You know the story, so I'm glad you like the new cover.

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  9. Congrats! Great cover and sounds like a super productive month!

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    1. Thanks, Maureen. So busy. But I loved it.

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  10. If you are comparing your new release with the hit movie Knight and Day, then I'm in! I love that movie!!! Congrats on getting your rights back!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. I loved that movie, too. It's crazy, wacky and so much fun.

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  11. Sounds hilarious and I love the cover.

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  12. It's encouraging to know that even when a life event knocks you on your rear and stops you writing, it does come back - the desire, the knowledge, the love. Thanks :)

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    1. Thanks, Debs. I hope everyone who reads that is encouraged to get back up and start again.

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  13. GREAT cover!
    Good luck and God's blessings
    PamT

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  14. Congratulations!
    Writing for fun is a good idea. Takes the pressure off.

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    1. Thanks, Alex. It did take the pressure off, and I was able to write more.

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  15. I second Alex - writing for fun is a wonderful idea, and it surely helps one to recover from the pain and the losses life throws at us occasionally. We should all write for fun, at least once in a while.
    Congrats on your new releases.

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    1. Thanks so much, Olga. I did WEP challenge for fun. It was. I plan to try this month, too.

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  16. Diane, life happens to all of us, doesn't it? But we keep going...eventually. I'm glad you're so positive about your achievements. As far as writing and publishing goes, there's not enough hours in the day, is there? But hopefully, eventually, we'll get it done!

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    1. Thanks, Denise. I think I'm going to have to live another 50 years to write all the stories I want to. At least, I'm never bored. LOL

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  17. One Red Shoe has a great cover, Diane!
    Congrats! Sounds like you're on a roll with the stories! 😊

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