Wednesday, October 5, 2016

THE INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP

 
 
Wednesday, and you know what that means.
 
 
 
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!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.
 
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG. Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG

And we’re revving up IWSG Day to make it more fun and interactive! Every month, we'll announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.
 
 
 
 
October question: When do you know your story is ready?

His awesome co-hosts for the October 5 posting of the IWSG are Beverly Stowe McClure, Megan Morgan, Viola Fury, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Angela Wooldridge, and Susan Gourley!

Umm, yes, that's me. I'm a co-host this week. My first time. So excited.

And don't forget you have until November 1 to enter the IWSG Anthology Contest

And now to answer the question:

When do you know your story is ready?
 
Every time I read over my story, I find something that I think needs changing. When I'm just moving commas around or using different words, I have to force myself to stop. My story is as ready as I can make it. Say "Goodbye" and submit it. And pray.
 
How do you know?
 
Happy reading and writing!

105 comments:

  1. I share your process. It's tough to be forced to let go. Yet, what choice do we have? For me, I eventually reach point where it's good enough. Thank you for co-hosting.

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    1. You're right. It's not going to get any better, at least for me, so let it go. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. I could adjust words forever. I just have to stick a fork in it and be done.
    Thanks for co-hosting today!

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    1. Good idea. Stick a fork in it and stop. You're welcome. It's been fun.

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  3. We definitely have to force ourself to stop. I did a reading for a group of kindergartners a couple of weeks ago and found a typo!!! After all the people who read over that manuscript, I was shocked. I think they actually end up being inserted after the final round of copyedits, when nobody takes a final look at it!

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    1. It is amazing that some little thing always ends up wrong. We just smile and go on. You're probably right about them being inserted after copyedits. :)

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  4. Hi Beverly and thanks for co-hosting. Some of my poetry is done on the first take, others, recycle numerous times. And I've got a second draft of a novel that's been "done" for over a year now! Ouch.

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    1. It's been fun. Thanks. Okay, so it's "done" now send that baby away. Hopefully it will be treated kindly.

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  5. Oh the dreaded floating commas - give me nightmares :) Thanks for co-hosting.

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    1. You're welcome, Nicola. Yes, commas are my downfall.

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  6. It's amazing how many ways the exact same thing can be written...and most is not better than the other. Thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. You are so right, and struggle to choose the best way. You're quite welcome. It's been fun.

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  7. Thanks for co-hosting! I'm always finding something that can be changed in my work. Sometimes, I wish I had a deadline that would force me to be done with it and hit the submit button.

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    1. You're welcome. I've had fun. Yes, something always seems to need changing, in our minds, when it probably is fine the way it is. A deadline helps.

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  8. Thanks for co-hosting this month! I think you eventually have to hit send and pray!
    Mary at Play off the Page

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    1. I've enjoyed it. You're right. Just let your baby go. It's great and what needs changing the editor will let you know. Prayer helps. :)

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  9. I really take my hat off to those who can write novels, stories and the like, it must be difficult to know when one has finally finshed......unlike poetry.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Writing poetry the way you do, is not easy. Poetry may be shorter, but it needs that rhythm, that special thing that paints a picture for the reader, like a novel does, but with fewer words.

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  10. It's hard to let it go sometimes.

    Thank you for co-hosting, Beverly!!

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    1. Yes, it is. We've lived with it so long, we don't want to part with it.
      I've had fun.

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  11. I have to force myself to stop, too. That's hard to do.

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    1. We just want perfection, I suppose, which seldom happens.

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  12. I could edit forever. Read it through one more time. But then it would never be done. Some gut feeling says it's the best you can do. Send it out. Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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    1. Yes, I know what you're saying. There comes a time ... Bye, bye, baby.

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  13. You do the "perfectionist" thing too, eh? Shame on us. LOL.

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    1. I know. Ducking my head. Glad I'm not the only perfectionist. :)

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  14. Oh I think we all do that! I know I do. I read and re-read and read it outloud to my husband asking for MORE advice. When I realize that I'm just postponing hitting the submit button, then I know there's nothing more I can do. And you're right! You have to just take a deep breath and let it out into the world! Thank you for co-hosting this month!!

    Cheers,
    Jen

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    1. Yes, at some point we have to let our stories go and hope they're treated nicely.
      You're welcome. It's been fun.

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  15. Yes, sometimes you just have to stop fussing and hit that submit button. If it gets published they're going to change it again anyway!

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    1. Good point. Editors put that polish on our stories that we've been searching for, at least in my case.

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  16. Yeah, words and commas can go on and on and on. Send it away and kick the next into gear.

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    1. Like forever, right. There's always the next one, thank goodness, to keep us from thinking about the old one.

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  17. "Moving commas' made me laugh. I know what you mean.

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    1. I'm laughing too, because it is comical and should tell me to submit the thing. Join the club.

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  18. Thanks for being co-host!

    When I start obsessing about commas, I know that there's nothing more I can do.

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    1. Thanks. I've had fun.
      I'm discovering the same thing. Forget the commas. Good bye, baby.

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  19. Isn't that a wonderful feeling when you know your story's ready? Thanks for co-hosting, Beverly. Hope you enjoy yourself.

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    1. Yes, it is. Mission accomplished.
      Thank you. I've had a great day co-hosting.

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  20. Thank you so much for being a co-host this month. Glad I dropped by because I had almost forgotten to thank our hosts for today. I just love your advice, submit and pray. :-)
    Shalom aleichem,
    Patricia

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    1. You're quite welcome. It's been great. I appreciate your "thank you."
      Pray always. :)

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  21. Congratulations on co-hosting today! Thanks, Beverly.

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  22. Hello fellow-first-time-co-hoster!
    When you're at the point where you're replacing the commas you just took out, you know you're in trouble ;)

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    1. Yes, my first time and I don't thing I messed up.
      Been in trouble with those commas before. :)

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  23. I rely on my critique partners to tell me when to stop nitpicking. They've never steered me wrong. Thanks for co-hosting today! :)

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    1. Ah, critique partners are priceless. Thanks for stopping by. I've had a great day.

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  24. I'm the same way. I think I could pretty much revise a story forever, so I have to force myself, usually after I've done one or two rounds with my crit group, to say "that's it. We're done here." Thanks for cohosting!
    www.smpace.com

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    1. I hear what you're saying. We keep looking at those "little" things that are really okay. Crit partners sure help.
      You're welcome. It's been a fun day.

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  25. I read an anonymous quote that this particular author knew her story was done when her muse told her to stop wasting her time. That's a pretty good gauge.

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    1. I hadn't thought of it that way, but she's right. Okay, stop wasting our time. Gotcha.

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  26. The thing about being a writer is that our minds are endlessly inventive so even when the story is finished, we can keep our imagination working. SOmetimes you just have to quit.

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    1. Oh, I hadn't thought of that. Good point. Yep, just type The End and send.
      Then start something new.

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  27. Moving commas around is a good gauge. Thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. Yes, I discovered that.
      You're welcome. I've had a great time.

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  28. Thanks for co-hosting. I'm not a comma expert, so I tend to move them around quite a bit.

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    1. So do I. The commas just sometimes don't look right.

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  29. Thanks for co-hosting today, Beverly. I like your commma-moving gauge for marking the work ready.

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    1. It's been exciting. Met a lot of new bloggers. Thanks, the commas are a clue to stop.

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  30. Thanks for co-hosting today, Beverly. I like your commma-moving gauge for marking the work ready.

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  31. Thanks for co-hosting!
    I'm like you. There is always a time when we have to stop messing with our work and just get it out there.

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    1. You're right. Sometimes we are afraid (at least I am) to send our story into the world and have a publisher or editor think it's awful. We should think positive. They'll love it.

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  32. Yes, those commas are never in the right place. Even when we move them, they're still wrong. :) Thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. I know, silly old commas. They just don't know where they belong.
      You're welcome. I've had a good time.

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  33. I've never had a problem knowing when the story was done...I just can't stop tweaking - endlessly, mindlessly, relentlessly. eh...did I use enough adverbs?

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    1. Ah, those little tweaks, one here, one there, to make our story perfect. I know what you're saying. Yep, the adverbs tell the story. :)

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  34. Yep, I stop when I've reached that point where modifications aren't doing any good.

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  35. If you are just moving around commas, then yep, it's time to let it go. :)

    Thanks for co-hosting.

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    1. Yes, I know you're right. Don't worry about the commas.
      You're welcome. It's been a blast.

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  36. Thank you for co-hosting today! My hubby had to tell me to just hit the publish button already :)

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    1. Good for your husband. Smart man. Good luck with your story.
      Thank, I've enjoyed meeting new bloggers and authors.

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  37. Plus or minus a few critique partners, that sounds a whole lot like my process for figuring out it's done.

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    1. Critique partners are wonderful. They catch those things that look fine to me but don't really make sense. And don't mention the commas.

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  38. Thanks for co-hosting this month. I think you're on to something. Ready or not, if you're rearranging commas, it might be time to walk away and submit. :D

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    1. You're welcome. It's been interesting. Yep, just leave the commas where they are and send the thing to wherever. :)

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  39. Thanks, for co-hosting, Bev! When that feeling of satisfaction settles in and makes you go, Ahhhh.

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    1. Sigh! That is a marvelous feeling. And makes all those hours of typing, deleting, and so forth worth while.
      Co-hosting has been a new experience. An enjoyable one.

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  40. Your process is what I use in business writing (really? changing "as is" to "is as" again?) so it makes sense to apply that process to my fiction. Fussing about form over substance means its time to submit. Thanks for co-hosting today!

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    1. Ha,ha. Glad I'm not the only one who does that. And yes, it's time.
      You're welcome. I've visited a lot of new blogs today. Lots of fun.

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  41. Hi Beverly, thank you for stopping by my blog--great job co-hosting IWSG! It appears I don't tinker as much as other authors might. I want to get that sucker out to my editor ASAP. :-) Happy writing.

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    1. Hi Jennifer. You have the right attitude. Isn't that the reason we wrote the story to start with? So send the thing to your editor. She/he will take care of it. :)

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  42. Hi, Beverly! Thanks for co-hosting the IWSG today! I hope that you have found the experience lots of fun. I was intimidated the first time I co-hosted, but it turned out to be an awesome experience. I'm definitely done with a piece of writing if I find myself shifting commas! LOL Been there. Thanks for sharing your insights.

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    1. Thanks, Funky Blue. I had a great time meeting new people. It is an awesome experience. Yeah, those commas are a clue it's time to quit. Have a great weekend.

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  43. Exactly! When it's just minor tweaking that's happening, then it's definitely ready for the next stage.

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    1. You're right. Can't keep it forever. Be brave and send it out.

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  44. Congrats on your first co-hosting! I love it (actually, it's me on my other blog that co-hosts). :) Thanks for all that you did this month; it's very much appreciated. Hugs. Eva

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    1. It's been lots of fun. A good excuse for playing instead of writing. I'm happy to be a part of the IWSG group. Everyone's so friendly and neat.

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  45. I think we can do a lot of over-thinking, especially when we're down to tweaking punctuation. I co-hosted my firs time in January. I loved visiting so many blogs. Such a variety of writers and ideas. My mind was whirling. Have fun!
    JQ Rose

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    1. Yes, sometimes thinking is overrated. Just do it, send the story and see what happens. I have had fun.

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  46. I use a similar method. Also, I know it's time when I start driving myself crazy.

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    1. Yep, going crazy is a clue. Enough is enough.

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  47. Your comment about moving commas around reminds me of something a famous author said. (And I wish I could remember who it WAS!) He said some days, all he accomplishes is removing some commas... which he then puts back in.

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    1. Ha, ha. Love it. Remove commas, put commas back in. Sounds like me.

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  48. Great point!
    We can't keep it forever!

    Thanks for co-hosting!
    Heather

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    1. Co-hosting has been fun. Right. Forever has to stop sometimes.

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  49. The thought of sending a story out into the big wide world is scary...but we have to get it to the point where it's as ready as can be and then let go! Easier said than done.
    Thank you for co-hosting the IWSG this month!

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    1. Sending our babies away surely is scary. We just have to suck it up, let go, and see what happens.
      I've had a great time co-hosting this month.

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  50. Saying goodbye is hard. Thanks for co-hosting this month's IWSG bloghop.

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    1. Co-hosting has been fun. And yes, saying goodbye is hard, but necessary.

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  51. Yes, when your changes are so minor you're not really changing anything, you're done. LOL

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    1. Absolutely. Just takes courage to send it out.

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  52. Thanks for co-hosting this month! I never know when my story is ready. Like you, I'm always finding to change/correct. Until I say enough is enough and let fresh eyes see it.

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    1. Thanks, I've had a great time. All good things must come to an end, right? Even revisions. :)

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  53. Ah, that's a good way to know. I feel like I do the same thing whenever I open my WIP!

    Thanks for co-hosting.

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    1. It seems we all have some things in common with our writing.

      Co-hosting has been a new experience, one I enjoyed. Thanks for stopping by.

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