Wednesday, May 2, 2012

IWSG and Day 2 of 100 Days of Revision

Many thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh, the super ninja captain of the Insecure Writer's Support Group!

The reality is, many of us, would not have the encouraging support group of blog followers we have, if it were not for the amazing efforts of Alex, and those like him . . .like Arlee Bird and his fantastic team from the A to Z Challenge. They aren't just blog hosts, they are super encouraging blog buddies and supporters of their fellow writers. I know A to Z is done, but I am still feeling incredible thankful for their efforts.

Another blogger that I am thankful for is Karen Lange from Write Now. One of my first followers, and one of the first encouagers I met in the blogging world, I am super excited to have her guest post tomorrow. Please stop by and see what she has to say about the Great Blogging Adventure!

The reality is we all need encouragement. Although we may have some romantic idea of a starving novelist in a garret room with just a small slit of a window writing the world's best novel on an old typewriter, or with pen on scattered sheets of scrap paper, the reality is, we need each other. We need encouragement, feedback, and support.

So I highly encourage you to go and be an encouragement to your fellow writers with IWSG, or through your blog!!! and I highly encourage you to keep writing, keep revising, keep building a foundation under your dreams!

And for fun, check out Nate Wilson's Robot Haiku Contest!

100 Days of Revision Update
What is 100 Days of Revision? It's my personal goal to finish revising The Crystal Sword, and have it ready to go out into the world of beta readers, and query letters.
I started May 1st, and I'll finish on August 8th.
I'm not going to post every day on my progress, but when I post, I'll include my progress so far.

Day 2 Progress: 1,600 words in, and I've revised the first three scenes at least three times. I think they are "worthy" enough to be put aside, so I can move on to chapter 2 or . . .possibly skip to the end. I feel like I need to get my bookends in place before I can straighten and polish the vast middle.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We need that encouragement to survive!
I know Karen - I'll be back tomorrow for her interview.

PR said...

I'm starting to realise I can't do everything on my own, and that includes writing. Great post :)

Unknown said...

I think everyone on the A-Z supported everyone else. It was great (even if I gave up on "S"). I'll drop by to meet Karen...

Nate Wilson said...

I know what you mean, Tyrean. My greatest encouragement to finish my novel comes from a blogger I happened upon randomly a while back, even though we write in different genres and have never shared our work with each other (outside of meager samples on our blogs). It's a great feeling.

Of course, it's also a great feeling when people unexpectedly tout my contest. Thanks! And best of luck with your 100 Days of Revisions. Keep plugging away.

Tiffany said...

It's so great to have a group of writers who'll voice their insecurities. Our own little support group. How awesome is that? :)

Allison said...

Finding a group of supporting writer friends online has been wonderful. Good luck on your 100 days of revision!

Allison (Geek Banter)

Carissa said...

I totally agree. I love the online writing community ... I just moved and am feeling so out of place and all the lovely online writing folk have totally saved me!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Following you back!

Tara Tyler said...

i dont know how writers survived before blogs! they all moved to new york or paris and hung out in cafes? love this support tool!

and yeah for your 100 days! i could use a goal like that! you couldve made a group thing of it =)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Alex - Thanks!!!

Anna - Thank you!

Susan - you had good reason to drop after S . . .and I love the encouragement of A to Z.

Nate - I know how you feel. I've found fellow bloggers to be a great source of encouragement and inspiration, and I couldn't pass up your robot haiku contest - it's really fun!

Madison - Agreed!

Carissa - You're welcome and thank you!

Tara - hanging out in Paris sounds like fun . . . but blogging is sweet!

Mary Aalgaard said...

I am also grateful for the online connections and people who make them happen, like Alex and Arlee.

Go. Create. Inspire!

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