Wednesday, 1 October 2014

IWSG Facebook anniversary!



Today the IWSG Facebook page is a year old. It's a closed group, dedicated to helping fellow writers every day of the year. I'm a member of the group over there, but I'm not very active on it. I sometimes don't think I have any advice to offer... I really do still feel like a beginner.

This month, most posts will be taking the form of  tips and instructions in the areas of writing, publishing, and marketing. I decided not to take part for the reason stated above. I'm just posting this so Alex won't bump me off the list, and to keep up my record of posting (I think... I hope) every single month since its inception.

I'll definitely be grabbing my copy of the anthology, when it's available.


34 comments:

  1. Hi Annalisa - you've published not one but two books ... so dream and write on .. congratulations to your entries for IWSG ... cheers Hilary

    ReplyDelete
  2. Yip I was bumped off because I missed 2 posts but it's ok I knew it was going to happen as I was in a very bad writing slump. This month I was quite to write my post for the month and re-signed up :) I am a beginner and haven't published my book yet but I am getting close - But this also means I don't really have any tips to give but am open to received all the advice I can get!!

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The best thing about this group is how much good advice flies around :-)

      Delete
  3. I'm sure you could offer loads of advice! I plan on submitting something and I've never published anything. It just seemed like such a great idea and I really wanted to contribute to it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I really have been making it up as I go along though... :-)

      Delete
  4. I didn't feel that I had enough experience to offer any information or tips that most people didn't already know, so I didn't submit anything either. Don't worry. I'm sure there will be other chances later after you've grown more as a writer.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've been writing and submitting for 20 years now - I really should have more faith in myself!

      Delete
  5. Don't downplay yourself too much! One of our co-hosts this month hasn't even published yet and she did a great post and contribution to the guide! Fundy Blue at http://selkiegrey4.blogspot.com/ I've read some of your posts over the last year and you do a fine job! Glad you're still hanging in there...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I just assume all my knowledge is common sense, because it makes sense to me. Perhaps I shouldn't assume that! Thanks for ready my blog :-)

      Delete
  6. Went on Goodreads and added Our Beautiful Child to my want to read shelf!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I still feel like a beginner, too, but we do have things to offer from our own personal experiences. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I do have a lot of experience - my rejection folder supports that claim :-D

      Delete
  8. I think beginners sometimes have the best insights to the problems all writers face so please share. And even after more than seven years since my first published book, I still feel like a beginner too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, I wish I was a beginner, Susan - my first short story was publish in November 1994!

      Delete
  9. Not going to bump you, Annalisa! And I bet you have a lot to offer.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I rarely feel like I know what I'm doing. I think it's called 'being a writer'. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think you've hit the nail on the head there!

      Delete
  11. Chin up. Keep writing. Keep sending it out. Keep dealing with rejection....and success, and encourage others. You are a writer - a very good writer, and you do have a lot to offer.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Joanne - my chin is always up, and I laugh in the face of rejection... Granted, it's hysterical maniacal laughter, but it still counts, right? ;-)

      Delete
  12. Most often, I feel like a writing newbie. I think many of us do. You're a fantastic writer. Don't forget that.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's definitely a feeling specifically related to the arts - if we were all brain surgeons, we wouldn't be having this conversation :-)

      Delete
  13. I know what you mean about the worry of being bumped. I've been very dedicated to IWSG posts because of it.

    At least other can learn from my insecurities (sometimes it feels like walking around naked).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm sure Alex would be nicer to us, we're fantastic ;-)

      And it's definitely like walking around naked! (Not that I do that... not outside!!)

      Delete
  14. You probably have more to share than you think. Too many of us feel the sting of Imposter Syndrome, but we're not alone. In truth, I don't think anyone really knows what they're doing.

    ReplyDelete
  15. hahahaha... well I'm sure he won't bump ya!

    ReplyDelete
  16. He wouldn't bump you off! You need to miss two in a row and I know I've missed months before and he's not knocked me off :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. Ha. I signed up and then missed my first month. Oops. I posted this month but didn't feel up to contributing to the writing guide either. Maybe next time.

    ReplyDelete
  18. LOL, I know I am a beginner, but I did submit through email for this, despite myself. This is my 2nd submission to an an anthology in the real world. My first was in September. I am waiting to hear back on acceptance still on the Sept. one. Putting yourself out there is hard, scary and nerve racking, so I am practicing. I am trying to get my feet wet for the time, when my book is ready to be sent out into the world. That is also the reason I joined IWSG to get my feet wet blogging and interacting. It has made a huge difference in my writing life and my ability to step out and reach for the dream. Happy Anniversary IWSG!!!

    Juneta at Writer's Gambit

    ReplyDelete
  19. I still have loads to learn, but I do have two published books behind me and I've gained a lot from them.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I've been reading about this group for ages - is it really only one year old?

    ReplyDelete
  21. We can only do what we can do. Sometimes it gets to be a bit overwhelming and we have to step back and take stock of everything. They say balance is key. Personally, I think a few more hours in the day would help, but then I realize more hours would just give me more time to get things done, and as long as I remain generally productive, I really don't need to try and be more so with more hours in my day.

    ReplyDelete

Please comment - I love a good chat!