IWSG Sept 5: Publishing Path

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

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

IWSG Question: What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?

My Answer: Blogging my publishing path de jour. After we bought a sailboat, sold our house, and set sail from San Diego to Mexico I discovered, for the first time ever, I had something exciting to write about. The challenge was how to say it in way that folks would read it.

We docked in a marina just north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and I joined a writing group. The group subjected me to a writing intervention and I finally saw the light. My writing was dry as Death Valley, California.

My challenge continues to be, how do properly described these events? How do I transfer my feelings, emotions, and intuition on to paper? I firmly believe my experiences in a Mexico can be written in the style of Lee Child or Sue Grafton.

I recently read an article called, “8 Tips from The Memoir Project That Will Make You a Powerful Storyteller.” For some reason these tips resonated and confirmed my theory: A memoir can be great read.

In 2016 I put my writing on the shelf and focused on my energy on my husband’s recovery.  These days, my husband is self-sufficient after two years of hell fighting to regain the use of his right leg.

However, during those two years, WordPress moved on and left me in the dust. My Website was hacked. I needed to create a brand new site with a look and feel I’m proud of. Rather than invest time in creating this new whiz-bang site, I’ve accepted this blan uninspiring WP theme.

I’m continuing down the blogging path because it offers instant reward: it’s out there for all to see. Books take forever and marketing seems to be a full time commitment. Having said that, I intend to compile my vignettes into a real life, nail biting stories worth reading! Probably go the eBook route.

I’ve given myself permission to spend what little free time I have on improving the quality of our lives and my writing. Participating in our monthly IWSG blog hop continues to be my link to the writing community and I thank each of you for stopping by and leaving a comment. It’s exciting to see what going on with our IWSG I look forward to visiting your site.

8 thoughts on “IWSG Sept 5: Publishing Path

  1. Happy IWSG Day!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    I’ve only recently gotten into memoirs. I think they hold so much promise.
    It’s so cool that the IWSG is a major link to your writing. I love this group and am proud to be part of it.

  2. Hi,
    You’re on the right track. Don’t worry about having a standard WP theme. You have to start from where you’re at and that is A-Okay. I have one too.
    Another thing, blogging is one of the best tools for improving your writing. I have seven blogging babies. It doesn’t mean I blog every day, every week, or every month. With revising my manuscript, I don’t have the time. In other words, again, you’re on the right track. The more you blog, the more you discover about yourself and learn how to transmit those feelings into story whether fiction or non-fiction.
    So keep up the great work. You’re on the right path, and I am very happy to hear that your husband has recovered. That makes me happy.
    Keep on sailing, lady.
    Wishing you all the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @Everything Must Change

    1. Hi Pat, It is always a joy to read your comments. Thank you for reinforcing my hope I have my priorities straight. Please excuse my tardy reply. I’m glad I found your blog (again).

  3. Hi Juneta, Where does the time (and energy) go? Please excuse my tardy reply. LOL. Thank you for visiting. I’ll be right over to your site, too.

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