Founded and hosted by Alex J. Cavnaugh, the Insecure Writer's Support Group is a wonderful writing community for all writers of all levels of experience.
This months co-hosts are:
The Optional Question for the Month is:
If you could use a wish to help you write just one scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be?
My answer: The first one. I struggle with getting this one right and it's the most important chapter!
My writing insecurity, plans, and news:
I decided somewhere in the middle of last month to start working on two other projects. I put aside novel "K" (I don't like my working title) which was new and I put aside my superhero novel (out with beta readers who might help me solve the problem I see in it before I send it to a publisher/agent again).
I hope I'm not on the verge of overwhelming myself with projects, but here's what I'm actually working on these days:
Project 1: Bookbound (I like this title so far). This project is a solidly MG fantasy - there are no "maybe it's YA" moments like there are with Anomalies/Greenling/the-superhero-book. I just started writing it in my journal one day, then wrote up what I had and kept going. It's around the 12,000 word mark now and I want to finish it before I go back to K or revising the superhero project.
Project 2: The Short Works Project. This is an ongoing project that I let slide for a while. I have this strange desire to write over 500 publishable short works (poems and short stories) in my career. I have decided to try to write, finish, and submit at least forty more stories this year.
I am thankful for publications who publish my work. Just recently, I had a 100 word story published at The Drabble.
Click here to read "My Father's Eyes."
Our genre is Middle grade historical: adventure/fantasy and the opening date is May 1. The best brains are on the theme, and that will be announced on the opening date. So this is just to whet your appetite - you could use that time to brush up your knowledge of the genre if it's not your usual bag, for example. We're looking forward to more great entries!
Masquerade: Oddly Suited will be out April 30th!
Find love at the ball…
Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?
Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…
Website - IWSG Anthologies
Young Adult Fiction: Romance - General/Paranormal/Contemporary
Print ISBN 9781939844644
eBook ISBN 9781939844651
April WEP Challenge!
An old locket with a faded photo inside...A string of pearls reminiscent of a special evening...A magic jewel box that comes up with just the right piece whenever the owner needs it...A jewel box out of reach of a regular working class person who passes it in a fancy shop window everyday...Maybe a ring associated with terrible political intrigues and heartbreak?...Or...maybe a missing jewel box after a murder...bought in some faraway place...
Just some of the ways you can weave this prompt, there are many, many others. As you can see, all genres are your oyster with this prompt - romance, adventure, fantasy, speculative, crime...What use will you find for the jewel box?
We are partnering with DIY MFA this spring to bring you a great program for writers.
Before we announce details, we’ll be sharing several of their learning podcasts.
The next one is - Episode 241: Twisting the Tropes of Military Science Fiction — Interview with Glynn Stewart.
Check it out and be watching next month for details about the program.
Just keeping it simple this month!
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In May, the Goodreads Book Club will be focusing on this book:
Method Acting for Writers: Learn Deep Point Of View Using Emotional Layers by Lisa-Hall Wilson