Release Your Insecurities Through IWSG

Wednesday, December 4, 2013



Today is the day we share our insecurities and release our fears, knowing we have a wonderful source of support in the writing community. Yes it’s the Insecure Writer’s Support Group posting day.  See the list of bloggers here

Today, Captain Alex’s able assistants on tour duty will be Julie Flanders, Heather Gardner, Kim Van Sickler, and Elsie is Writing.
 
And now for my bit of insecurity...

Most of the time, my book titles come to me along with the storyline. It makes life easy since I can work around the title and accompanying theme, knowing where I’m going with the story. I’ve hit a snag though, I’ve written a story and although I’ve crafted it around the title, I’m not 100% sure the title is 100% right. Trouble is, I don’t have a lot of time to decide. What lessons have I learned from this dilemma?

1. Plan way in advance. Whatever I think is early, I should start planning before that.

2. Be organized so that I can take advantage of opportunities when they crop up.

3. Stop stressing over the things I can’t change.

4. Stop setting unrealistic deadlines.

5. Stop looking at the things I have to do as an insurmountable whole (like that business plan I’m supposed to be writing) and do a little each day.

6.  Look at promotion as an opportunity to share my work and avoid drawing the analogy of a peanut vendor at a New Year’s Eve Ball, which paralyzes me into doing and sharing nothing.

That said, having got the rights back on this one, the updated version of Contraband is here. See new cover below, complete with hottie. If you like action, adventure and romance, you should at least download a sample of Contraband from Amazon

Thanks so, so much to all of you who helped me decide on the cover. I have more news to come, but since I got through my shameless bit of self-promotion, I’ll save it that ’til next week. Baby steps, you know?




And now for some exciting news. Drumroll please.


There’s an IWSG contest on! All you have to do is help spread the word about the group in some way—whether by tweeting, sharing on Google+ or Facebook or via a blog post.

There are two exciting prize packages so hop on over to the main site at IWSG and get all the details. Remember to follow by GFC if you haven’t already. Let’s share the love and spread the word and make Captain Alex’s vision a wonderful reality. To hop to the site, click here.

What are your fears? Care to share and release them? Make sure to enter the contest.

30 comments:

  1. I'm laughing as I read. "...shameless self promotion." That's OK.

    I like 2 & 4.

    Blurb for Contraband - maybe you could identify Janine.

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    1. Definitely will have a look at that Peaches. Thanks.

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  2. Congratulations!
    I struggle with titles and I'm sure it would help me if I planned them in advance.

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    1. As someone I know likes to say all time - If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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  3. Great post. I have been trying to use those points, especially when I have a deadline approaching.

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    1. Clarissa, always good to 'see' you. I wish you'd post more, but I know the important stuff has got to be done.

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  4. Congrats!

    Always feels like there is so much to do before a release. Some things just won't get done. But it will be okay. It's a marathon not a sprint.

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    1. Thanks for that reminder, Diane. I needed that.

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  5. Congratulations on your new release. Seems to me you do a wonderful lot of stuff. I see your smiling face all over the place! Titles seem to come to me as well. As for fears... I'm getting too old to have very many. Life is too short for fears. Better to be thankful/grateful.

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    1. I should release my fears. You're right, life is too short to be bogged down by the negative.

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  6. Ooh I love the new cover and the hottie!! Congrats on another great new release.
    I think titles can be so tough.

    Exciting about the IWSG contest, I need to check that out.

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  7. The new cover IS hot!
    Good points.
    Especially no#5... it makes me think of that saying, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

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  8. Bish, I do need to release my fears and just enjoy the journey.

    Julie, thanks. I think he gets the job done. Be sure to enter the contest

    Michelle, Thanks. Yup, my new system works when I put it in place. Set small goals for each day.

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  9. I'll take one of him, please! He is handsome!

    Such great advice. Especially about deadlines. Thankfully, mine are in my head so I can change them at anytime. I also like being organized. I found out quickly that Post-It notes weren't the best way to lay out my story. =)

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    1. Elsie, I can see how I'd have a meltdown if I used Post-Its and a couple of them went missing. :)

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  10. Congrats on Contraband! I really giggled at your "peanut vendor" simile! Yup, I'm definitely hawking peanuts. lol

    I try to set realistic deadlines, but everything ends up taking twice as long as I think it will. :(

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    1. I can so relate to stuff taking twice as long to get through.
      As to hawking peanuts, it take some getting used to, but it's what gets our work seen.

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  11. You can never plan too early, you can always plan too late. I think Elise is in love with your cover model. I still haven't started the novel for my 2014 entry into our local writing contest so yeah I too have been planning poorly. Ouch. Congrats on Contraband.

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    1. So true, Sheena. I'm full of plans, but as long as they stay in my head, there's little follow through, which is why I like writing them down.

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  12. Same thing with me, I generally have the title first. Yet, my most recent WIP is causing me a bit of concern, and already I've changed the title 3x. Still not sure it's perfect.

    Oh, before I go... CONGRATS!

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    1. Thanks, Joylene,
      I've been saved by the bell. I came up with a title a couple of hours ago and not a moment too soon.

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  13. Titles are hard. They are what identifies your book. I wrote my WIP for a long time with no ideas about the title. One day it came to me. I hope you have a breakthrough soon!

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    1. Thanks, Robin. Got a breakthough. I'm good now. :D

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  14. Planning for the future is something I never manage to do consistently, but it is always a goal. Great post. And your titles are so good they make me envious.

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  15. That's an area I also need to work on for the new year.
    Ha! I guess I'm lucky then that my titles come with the stories.

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  16. I have a hard time with titles - of course I can always think of titles for books I've never even written but have a hard time for the ones I have! :) via the commens, it sounds like you've got one now. :)

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  17. I don't have anything published, but many of these I could relate to. I especially liked your peanut vendor analogy. I often feel the same way about my writing and I end up not sharing it... But don't forget to focus on the positives, you've got so many books out wich is a huge accomplishment and goodness Contraband man is so hot, just looking at that cover makes my day. (:

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  18. Kimberly, thanks for coming by. Sometimes, it's easier to help others than it is to help ourselves. :)

    Elise, as writers we all go through these things. Thanks for much for the reminder t to think about the pluses. It's way too easy to overlook our blessings. :)

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