Wednesday, September 5, 2018

THE INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP SEPTEMBER

Another month, another IWSG. Welcome!


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!

Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG.


His awesome co-hosts for the September 5 posting of the IWSG are Toi Thomas, T. Powell Coltrin, M.J. Fifield, and Tara Tyler!

The question for September 5 is - What publishing path are you considering/did you take and why?

The question is optional.

My answer is easy. I never planned to be a writer. But while teaching children in grades two through five, my mind started having weird thoughts. What if I could write articles for children's magazines like the ones we had in class? What if I could write about the art projects and writing projects we did? What if is a powerful question, so I decided why not give it a try. And guess what? Children's magazines published some of my articles. And I guess you might say the writing bug bite me. I went on to write picture books, middle grade  and young adult novels. They were published too. And the girl who hated to read when she was a kid was now living in the world of her characters. I bet my high school teachers would faint if they saw one of my published books today. Maybe they have. Oh, my! I wonder what grade they'd give me.

How about you?

30 comments:

  1. I didn't plan or even thought I could write poetry but I'm pleased it happened. The four books I had published was a bonus to my life.

    Yvonne.

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    1. You do a very nice job with your poetry, Yvonne. They show such emotions. Glad you started writing them.

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  2. You just needed the right motivation to write and you found it.

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    1. You're right, Diane. What better motivation than young readers.

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  3. I've always loved to read but being an author wasn't on my radar until ten years ago. Funny how things change, huh?

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    1. They sure do, Alex. That's why we never say we'll never do something. Look at you now. Doing a great job with your writing.

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  4. Hi, former teacher. I, too, am an accidental author, a former speech-language pathologist. I specialized in toddlers, two-year-olds who amplified the age's propensity to tantrum with an inability to talk. Holy behavior problems!
    I began writing as a hobby, a pre-retirement tool - and I closed my private practice faster than fast when I discovered I liked writing more. If one didn't like a character's behavior, there was that sacred DELETE key, which real life doesn't have.
    So, pleased to meet you. My blog is on my website: pjcolando.com
    BTW, I buried myself in books the moment I could read. I write from the deep well of my imagination, my yearn for a better world that this one.

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    1. I'm also happy to meet another former teacher turned writer, P J. It takes a special person to work with little ones. Good point too. We have some control over our characters though they sometimes try to take charge. It is nice to create the perfect world, that doesn't always turn out perfect. I'll visit your blog tomorrow. My bedtime now. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. It's interesting, isn't it how we fall into "careers" that we never expected. You've done a great job, so I'm glad you found your way into writing for young readers.

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    1. It is, Lee. Thank you for your kind words. I've watched your career almost from the beginning. You are awesome and have so much more good stuff ahead of you.

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  6. I'm glad your mind started having weird thoughts and that you listened to them. :)

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  7. LOL. What grade they would give it... A for Awesome, of course. I love those two awesome words and that journey, and I'm glad the prompt today encouraged you to share this little snapshot. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    1. Thanks for your sweet words, Crystal. We never know what we can do until we try. I'm glad too.

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  8. That's an awesome way to get into writing and being published. Glad you have discovered how much you enjoy writing.

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    1. So am I, Natalie. I owe it all to my students. They got me started with activity articles, like making tornadoes (tiny ones in jars) and learning about our fingerprints and lots of good things. Kids are great.

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  9. Getting that bite is a good bite to have indeed.

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  10. Great story, Beverly. I'm glad you found your way to being an author!

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  11. Happy Be-lated IWSG Day!
    While teaching didn't initiate my writing career, it did later inspire some books. That's cool that your articles were featured in a publication you admire.
    Glad you stuck with writing.

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    1. Thanks, Toi. When you work with children you can't help but be inspired. You never know what they'll come up with. Such fun. I'm glad too. Don't know what I'd do without my writing. Happy you stopped by.

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    1. We sure do, New Release Books. Sometimes it takes awhile but we never give up. Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. I love your story! It's fun to learn how authors got started on the writer track.

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    1. Thank you Sherry. Yes, it is fun to see the stories of how authors got started in so many different ways. Happy for you with your new book. Best wishes for you.

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  14. That's a pretty great story. Hope that will spark some creative inspiration within me. I'm glad you followed your curiosity and just didn't stop.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Hi, Arlee. Thank you. I hope you get that inspiration too. You never know when it will strike.

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  15. What a wonderful story. I was the kid sitting inside reading, reading, reading all day, almost every day. I wish I'd thought to try my hand at writing sooner! But, better late than never.

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  16. Hi, Tamara. It's funny how life turns out. I think we do things, like writing, when the time is right. And now is your time. Write away and have fun.

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