The Insecure Writers Support Group #IWSG posts every first Wednesday of the month. Today’s question:
What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?
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Pitfalls on the way to publication
I think my biggest pitfall was not paying enough attention to my editors’ comments on the Perihelix. However good you think your book is, there is always room for improvement. And because you know what’s happening, doesn’t guarantee you’ve explained it properly to your reader – or made them want to come with you on the journey to find out.
The other biggest pitfall is neatly summed up in an email I saw at Camp Nano, quoting Patricia Cornwell. Camp Adviser and author Jessica Strawser posted this message to encourage us through our insecurities:
I once had the privilege of interviewing Patricia Cornwell—who was adamant that insecurity can be good for a writer. “I’ll be honest,” she said. “When somebody has written their first novel and they tell me how fantastic it is, I know it’s probably not very good. It’s usually the person who says, ‘I’m not sure what I think…’ and then you look at the thing and go, ‘Now that is really special.’ So it’s not bad to be a little insecure. It makes you work harder and pay attention.” When I’m pushing through a draft and that hopeless feeling creeps in, I remember this. Feeling uncertain could be a sign of real magic! You’ll never know if you don’t see it through.
I don’t think I’m overconfident of my books, but then again, I could do with turning my insecurity into a bit of magic, I think.
Write – Edit – Publish
Not sure what it is? It’s an online writing community (like ours!) that posts to a theme the third Wednesday of every second month. WEP stands for Write…Edit…Publish. Your post can be fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, as long as it’s 1000 words or less. The August WEP challenge theme is Change of Heart.
For more information, go to the WEP page on Denise Covey’s blog.
Today’s the day for the announcement! The theme of next year’s anthology will be out on the IWSG’s own post today, so check out the theme and closing date (usually early November).
Have you read this year’s anthology? Tick Tock…..
Rebecca has a great story in it, so buy it just for hers!
As for me, I’m going back to sorting out a few of my pitfalls that I’d rather not talk about in an attempt to make my writing less boring. That’s how it feels today, at any rate. Could be due to the moon being on the wane, though.