Wednesday, August 1, 2018

IWSG & Pitfalls

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. He, his clones, minions, friends, and fellow authors make it an amazing event every month.




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!

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.
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August 1 question - What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?

Some days I feel like I'm the Queen of Pitfalls...

  • Don't trust just anyone with your words. Make sure you know them well enough to trust them and their personality
  • Trust someone with your words - finding crit buddies is a major step along the journey
  • Don't get too caught up in social media - spend most of your time writing 
  • Don't avoid social media - I've made so many incredible friends through social media and learned SO MUCH!
  • Be brave - being a coward gets you exactly nowhere (still working on this one!)

How about you, what pitfalls have tripped you up? What would you suggest avoiding?


39 comments:

  1. And don't avoid social media after you promote a new release. Then it looks like you are just here to promote your books, not interact with others.

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  2. Good list. And internet life can be a waste of time. However, Alex is correct in that balance works the best.

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    1. I agree - I would have NO idea what I was doing without social media :)

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  3. Good list, I found my crit partner from my blog and I made amazing writing friends online.

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    1. Me too - online buddies have been incredible!

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  4. Excellent advice. Trusting critique partners was my problem early on, but I learned how important they are.

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    1. I stumbled into an excellent crit group way back when that taught me so much!

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  5. YOu've hit on an essential point: the balance between time spent on writing and that spent on networking. It's such a hard balance to strike.

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  6. I see a fine line between each suggestion and can't help but agree, totally. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  7. I like your advice. There's always a fine line that writers need to pay attention to for social media, critique partners, and everything else.

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    1. There really is - and it takes a long time to figure out :)

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  8. Yes! Everything is about finding the balance that works for you. I still haven't mastered this, but I persist! Great post, Jemi. http://www.raimeygallant.com

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    1. That balance is TOUGH to find some days!!!

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  9. It sounds like you're saying we need to walk a fine line. True enough! The trickiest part is learning where that line is.

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  10. I agree with all your tips, Jemi. They are so right on. I can definitely relate to being a coward. Many parts of writing and getting published are kind of scary to me.

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  11. Agree - agree balance is the key. Oh, I rhymed. I also think reading like a crazy person to know what's out there is so important.

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    1. You did!
      Totally agree on the reading - I devour books! :)

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  12. Great list! Figuring out the right balance can definitely be tricky sometimes. And I know what you mean about being brave. I always have a difficult time with that, too. Hope it becomes easier for you!

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    1. Thanks Heather - it's not easier taking those next steps!!

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  13. I love how things are always double-edged. I guess that's the goal of life: to stay balanced!

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    1. That tends to be true in so many things in life! :)

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  14. Getting the right balance is a never ending process. Social media can be a major time suck as well as a boon to our marketing efforts. Finding the sweet spot is the challenge!

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  15. Don't get sucked in by social media versus don't avoid social media!
    Aaaargh! It's difficult to find that balance.

    Through social media, I've met wonderful people/writers and learned so much from them.
    Social media is not only for marketing... it's also for networking with like-minded individuals. How does one strike the correct balance between marketing and socializing?

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    1. I've learned so much from my online friends. I wouldn't be so much less without them!
      That balance is next to impossible to find - but we'll keep searching!

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  16. It's a fine balance for sure! :)
    ~Jess

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  17. Yes! About everything you said. I also agree with Diane about not using social media except when you have a release. Not much ticks me off more than when I see authors do that. The balance changes during a release - at least it does for me - but you still have to keep at it through all the writing and editing.

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  18. Yep! All these listed out on top.

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  19. Definitely good thoughts. I 100% agree about finding the right people to support your work. It is one of the biggest struggles, but SOOOO worth it.

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  20. The trouble is knowing when to trust and not to trust can take a long time to figure out. Who said becoming an author is easy.

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