IWSG: I Didn’t Give Up


***Please note, I moved my blog to NatashaHanova.com***

(same blog, new address)

IWSG

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! (Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG)

Alex J. Cavanaugh’s awesome co-hosts for the June 5 posting of the IWSG will be Sheena-kay Graham, Suzanne Furness, and Laura Eno!

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I almost gave up but I didn’t. Writing a book is hard. Sometimes characters won’t talk, sometimes it’s difficult to visualize the setting, sometimes the plot is like a dysfunctional steel block rather than pliable clay. When facing obstacles like this, it’s easy to give into frustration. But sometimes a story is worth fighting for. So, a writer fights and wins, but the battle isn’t over.

Next round: finding an agent, editor, or publisher. Rejections hurt (See Taking the Sting Out of Rejection here). The worse thing a writer can do is give in or give up. If writing is your passion fight for it. Read craft articles, learn how to write a winning query, network with other writers because you never know who knows somebody who knows somebody.

When I started submitting queries for my book EDGE OF TRUTH, I faced rejection and often felt discouraged. Luckily, I have a fantastic critique group (Novel Clique) who constantly supports and encourages me. I managed to get a few nibbles after re-writing my query/synopsis. Shortly after, I finally found a home for it.

I almost gave up, but I didn’t and now I have a book coming out June 6 (That’s tomorrow, people!)

So when you feel discouraged in your writing adventures, remember this:

  • Your story won’t come out perfect the first time. This is what the revisions process is for. Focus on getting the words on the page.
  • Your characters won’t shun you forever. They tend to start talking when you’re in the shower, when your head first hits the pillow, when you’re driving, or (my favorite) when you start flirting with other characters.
  • You are not the first or last author to receive rejections. J.K. Rawlings was turned down by 12 publishers before finding a home for Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone.
  • Agents, editors, publishers are just people reading a ‘piece of paper’. Rejections aren’t personal and they don’t mean your story isn’t good. It only means it’s not right for the person you sent it to.
  • Stay positive. Nothing fells negativity faster than a positive attitude. Surround yourself with an arsenal of positive thoughts and don’t allow anything negative to take root.  
  • It’s not easy, but it’s worth the fight!

What advice do you have for other writers?

Encouragement & NA Poll results


We could all use a little encouragement now and then. It’s so easy to become discouraged. So, today I’m sharing a few Pins I’ve recently discovered on Pinterest.

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. Writing is hard. Oh sure, you can learn the mechanics of the craft, but it’s not always easy to string together a bunch of words which capture and hold attention. It’s hard to write in a way that makes the words disappear and leaves the reader enthralled in the world and characters the author created.

It’s important to write from the heart, because if the author ain’t feeling it, neither is the reader. Writers who write with passion (and I don’t mean the romantic kind, though it’s fun :-)) are able to evoke emotions in their readers. Let your muse out and let him/her loose on the page. Don’t worry about the plethora of rules on how to write a best seller. Sometimes, we have to forget all that stuff and focus on transforming the images/voices in our heads to words on the page. We can, and should, come back later to polish. In the first draft, have fun and just write.

As a final word of encouragement…

Need I say more?

What about you, have any words of encouragement for fellow writers? Do you have a favorite quote on writing? Have you discover any Pins you’d like to share (admits this is me searching for other writers on Pinterest)?

For curious minds, here are the results from the NA poll last week: