Wednesday, January 8, 2014

INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP

A new year. New books. New adventures. I'm trying a lot of new things this year. This is one of them.

Yes, I've joined this group. Learn more about Insecure Writers here. This is my first post. Hope I do it right. I'm supposed to talk about my doubts and fears that I've conquered, among other ideas to encourage others who may be having the same emotions. So, I thought I'd start with my doubts. I've been writing for about twenty years. When I first started, I knew little about the business. The Internet wasn't around, at least I didn't have it to help me learn either. I was pretty much on my own. I took a writing course which helped a lot. But mostly I did it myself. Since I was teaching in elementary school, I started with articles for children's magazines. I sent some science experiments, some art projects, and stuff we did in the classroom. And waited. After a while, I decided maybe writing was not for me. And then, one day, an envelope was on my dining table when I got home from school. I'd made my first sale. That $50.00 is framed as a reminder that I can do it.

The fears and doubts sometimes come back when I'm submitting work. I get busy with more writing and don't worry about the submission. Stay busy. And good things will come to you too.

Tell us about your doubts and fears and how you've overcome them. Here's the link to the Blog Hop:

http://www.linkytools.com/get_bloghop_code.aspx?id=103850&type=basic

Happy reading.

27 comments:

  1. Welcome to the IWSG! Writing has changed so much because of the internet, hasn't it? It's both a blessing and a curse. I love being able to research from home because of it. I think your method of staying busy with more writing is the best way to deal with the doubts.

    River – IWSG Co-host
    Seasoned With Words

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  2. Thanks for the kind welcome, River. You're right. I spend way too much time on the Internet. Appreciate you stopping by.

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  3. This is my first time too. And I like the advice to stay busy with more writing.

    http://lucindawhitney.com/2014/01/miscellaneous/insecure-writers-support-group/

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  4. Hi Beverly, nice to meet you. Some good advice there, stay busy and don't worry about the submissions, just keep writing. BTW, I don't think there is a wrong way to do this. Nice job for the first time out.

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  5. Thanks, Reflections. Nice to "meet" you.

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  6. Nice to "meet" you, also, farawayeyes. I think this is going to be fun and helpful, once I catch on.

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  7. Beverly - I love that you have kept at it. My background is in teaching as well. In the classroom we share so many stories with out kids. I know that spurred me on in my dreams. Welcome to IWSG.
    Leanne ( http://readfaced.wordpress.com/ )

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  8. Oh, Bev--you are me. I've taught for 35 years--the last 15 in elementary. I've been writing for 20 years. I knew nothing about the business and took a writing course at the local JC.

    OK--tht's where it ends. I never sold a story! Kudos to you! It's a joy to meet you.

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  9. Hi, readfaced. Kids certainly are an inspiration. Sometimes I miss being in the classroom and seeing what ideas the students might give me.Thanks for the welcome.

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  10. Hi worddreams. You've heard it said "Never give up." It's true. Sometimes I've thought about just quitting, but then I think why should I let them beat me,and I keep on. You never know. :)

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  11. Staying busy is certainly good advice. Such a thoughtful post! Welcome to the group!

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  12. Thank you, M. J. I'm happy to participate and expect to learn a lot.

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  13. Welcome to the IWSG! You are in the right place.
    That's cool you framed that bill. I'm sure it was just the first of many.

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  15. Thank you, Alex. I'm having fun and meeting some nice people. Happy to be a part of the hop. Yeah, you never forget the first. The money is a neat reminder.

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  16. My first sale was for a short story I sold to an ezine for $2. I tell that story at school visits and it always gets me a round of applause. ;)

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  17. That is a wonderful story, Kelly. Sometimes I think I should go back to magazines. They're short and fun to write. :)

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  18. How delightful to see you on the hop, Beverly! I love the story of your first $50. I'm always very busy and yet I never seem to have anything done at the end of the day. :(

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  19. so glad to have met you from the hop!! that $50 is a cute and great reminder. good luck and new follower here!!

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  20. I think we need to stress less about being published and 'just write.' Then when we do get published, it will be icing on the cake, so to speak. I've thought about quitting, but I can't. Seems the writing bug has bit me and I keep trudging along.

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  21. Hello, Bev. Welcome to a great group. My first payment came through PayPal. Tt would've been nice to frame it, but...how to frame something intangible? Good Luck and much success in 2014

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  22. Hi Beverly!

    Welcome to the IWSG! You will definitely find inspiration and help here. This is a fantastic group pf writers!

    I love what you said: Stay busy, don't worry about the submissions and good things will come to you. Great advice!

    Cheers,
    Jen

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  23. You sound exactly like me, Lexa. I work all day, but by evening I wonder what I did because there's still so much to do. :)

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  24. Thank you, Tammy. Nice to meet another new follower. Have a nice evening.

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  25. Good point, Janet. I think we can't quit because hope lies within us, the dream that one day our dreams will come true. In the meantime, we write for joy and because we have no choice. :)

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  26. I know, Cathrina. Now I get payments through Pay Pal and it's just not the same. I like to hold the cash in my hand, at least for a minute.

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  27. Thanks for the nice welcome, Jen. I'm happy you like my post.

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