IWSG Writing & Reading (Feb 1, 2017)

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once IWSG Badge-smper month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the January 4 posting of the IWSG are: Misha Gericke, LK Hill, Juneta Key, Joylene Butler

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FEBRUARY’S QUESTION: 

How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

ANSWER:

As I work on my craft of writing, my appreciation for tight writing has grown beyond my wildest expectation and stolen some of the pleasure. It’s almost impossible to read a newspaper article. Typically, these stories are stuffed with useless helping words and my attention drifts to other gaudy headlines.

I struggle to capture the emotions of my characters and create vivid scenes. It’s been drummed into my head, “Show, don’t tell.” Well, Joylene Butler has a different opinion. She assures me telling is OK.

As I read a scene from “Q Is For Quarry” by Sue Grafton, I recognized telling moved the story along and engaged my imagination. Capturing the reader’s attention is the goal, right?

I just finished “Rogue Lawyer” by John Grisham and had nightmares. I’m going back to the book and figure out why.

Writing is responsible for my shameful habit of marking up the text and writing in the margins. Gasp!

So to answer the question, has being a writer changed my experience? Answer: YES.

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IWSG Writing Rule (Jan. 4, 2017)

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once IWSG Badge-smper month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the January 4 posting of the IWSG are:

Eva @ Lillicasplace, Crystal Collier, Sheena-kay Graham, Chemist Ken, LG Keltner, Heather Gardner.

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JANUARY’S QUESTION: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard? 😳

 

ANSWER: Rule: Don’t use adverbs. I have a love-hate relationship with those darn things! Working through the word substitution task hurts my brain. The results are worth the struggle.

IWSG Five Years From Now (Dec. 7, 2016)

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once IWSG Badge-smper month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the December 7 posting of the IWSG will be  Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford, Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield!

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OCTOBER’S QUESTION: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?

ANSWER: When I first read this question, my initial response was quite depressing which surprised me. I had been dealing with serious medical and financial issues for a very long time. I was overwhelmed and life seemed to be spiraling downward. In that moment, I could not conceive a positive future, whether it was writing or simply living.

My son reminded me to trust the process. As I turned my attention to those words, the process started to unfold and solutions began to surface. I felt renewed courage as seeds of positive energy began to sprout inside my heart. My outlook on life perked up.

So back to the original question, in terms of writing, where do I see myself in five years? After reading Joylene Nowell Butler’s answer to this question, I’ve amend my reply.

Joylene reminded me that life is filled with twists and turns. I don’t know what the future holds. However, I’d like to continue posting to my blog. Hopefully, entertaining all that stop by to read. And participate in IWSG.

What’s the plan to get there? Continue developing my writing style; compose a minimum 500 words each month with the intention of posting on my blog or publish in an eBook, and trusting the process.

IWSG Favorite Aspect of Being a Writer (Nov. 2, 2016)

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once IWSG Badge-smper month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the September 7 posting of the IWSG will be  Joylene Nowell Butler, Jen Chandler, Mary Aalgaar, Lisa Buie Collard, Tamara Narayan, Tyrean Martinson, Christine Rains!

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OCTOBER’S QUESTION: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?

ANSWER: My favorite aspect of being a writer is telling stories about Rick and me.

The story below is a recent event that happened to us. When this draft is properly edited, I hope the words leap off the page and grab the readers by the throat.

“Mâtowak Woman Who Cries” Virtual Book Tour

It is my pleasure to shine a light on Joylene Nowell Butler’s latest release, Mâtowak Woman Who Cries.

Let’s begin with the cover reveal of Mâtowak Woman Who Cries by Joylene Nowell Butler! Be sure to check out the synopsis, read a sneak preview, and meet the author.

You’ll even be given a chance to enter the giveaway and grab your copy November 1st!

Matowak Woman Who Cries by Joylene Nowell Butler

Author Joylene Nowell Butler is on tour this month with her new novel, Mâtowak Woman Who Cries, being released Nov. 1 by Dancing Lemur Press L.L.C.

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As part of the tour, Joylene is sharing excerpts from her new murder mystery and answering some questions.

First A Brief Synopsis…

A murder enveloped in pain and mystery…

When Canada’s retired Minister of National Defense, Leland Warner, is murdered in his home, the case is handed to Corporal Danny Killian, an aboriginal man tortured by his wife’s unsolved murder.

IWSG When Is It Ready? Oct 5, 2016

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once IWSG Badge-smper month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the September 7 posting of the IWSG will be  Beverly Stowe McClure, Megan Morgan, Viola Fury, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Angela Wooldridge, and Susan Gourley!

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OCTOBER’S QUESTION: When do you know your story is ready?

ANSWER: I put myself through the grinder before my writing is ready. Even when my piece has been reviewed by two editors, I see sentences that could be tighter and phrases sharper. I’m even guilty of tweaking my posts after they are released! (gasp) Eventually, I’m able to reach a place where it feels complete.

I’m looking forward to reading IWSG members’ answers and learning from others.

IWSG: Time to Write? (7 September 2016)

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once IWSG Badge-smper month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the September 7 posting of the IWSG will be C. Lee McKenzie, Rachel Pattison, Elizabeth Seckman, Stephanie Faris, Lori L MacLaughlin, and Elsie Amata!

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

ANSWER: The short answer is I write in ‘snatches’. For years, my constant companions are 3 x 4 inch spiral notebook & pencil. I load these little diaries with literary gems, memories, and shopping lists.

Recently, my husband and I rented a house in France for two months. We were constantly on the go. Without time to flesh out a story, I’d jot notes while riding the bus or waiting in a train station.

Flipping back through these pages, my eye stopped at a notation about Grisette, the cat we agreed to feed.

Snatch: Before dawn and our first morning in the house. I was trying to remember where they stored French press and coffee. Groping my way to the kitchen, I discovered Grisette‘s first offerings by stepping in the wet slimy guts.

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Grisette’s First Corpse: Guts and Head (Click to Enlarge)

Most nights, between midnight and 3am Grisette would MEE-0-OW until Rick woke up and said, “Good kitty.” Once her offering was acknowledge, she’d crunch, crunch, crunch, and swallow the corpse.

Thanks to my snatches-style diary, I can say with complete confidence she presented and ate over 51 dead or almost dead mice. Bon Appétit.

IWSG: First Piece of Writing (August 3, 2016)

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once IWSG Badge-smper month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

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QUESTION: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer?

Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?

ANSWER: My first serious piece of writing was published in 2012, The Heroic Path to Self-Forgiveness: Change Your Story, Change Your Life – by Dr. Marion Moss Hubbard.

My contribution is Chapter 24. Prompted by the IWSG question, I revisited my piece and was once again reminded of the power of forgiveness.

My motto: FORGIVE TO LIVE.

CHAPTER 24. Lynn’s Story: Living In the Present (502 words)

After my son and daughter were on their own, I would lay awake each night going over my failings as a parent. Night after night I recalled events and situations I should have prevented or handled differently. The mental self-flagellation went on and on.

IWSG Best Comment (6 July 2016)

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once IWSG Badge-smper month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

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What’s the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

Before I answer this question, I must give credit to La Cruz Writers’ Group that forced my metamorphosis from analytical technical writer to storyteller. A couple of years later, two members influenced and refined my writing through editing and coaching. They are Marie Beswick-Arthur and Joylene Nowell Butler.

Recently two comments helped quiet my critical voice (temporarily).

“Lynn I want to commend you on your emerging writing style. I think you are beginning to find your voice. As your descriptions become more precise the mental images become more vivid. I remember you saying when you first joined the writers group that you were dependent on photos to tell your story. As I read your tales I am creating photos in my head. Keep stretching! Your style is emerging! Good progress!”–Lee

“You do have an amazing story telling ability, and I think you’ve learned to trust the writer in yourself.”–Marie

My internal critic is quick to say, “You have a lot to learn. You’re too old to become a good writer. You don’t have enough self-discipline to learn to write.”

My internal flame continues to burn and replies, “You have the ability to see stories in everyday life. You can control your time. You are alive, keep writing.”

Thank you Chrys Fey and Insecure Writers Support Group for asking this question.

IWSG Book Review (1 June 2016)

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once IWSG Badge-smper month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

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I’ve been asked to review a book. My first review. To the reader books represent an investment in time, energy, and money. The author probably invested buckets the blood, sweat, and tears to get the book written and published.

I often make buy decisions based on reviews. I’m uncertain what to include and want to be fair to both sides.

As an author what would you like addressed in a review? Pacing? Character development? Was the story engaging? or what? Should a negative be included to show a balanced review?

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