IWSG — The Best and Worst of Times

Today’s the day for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) where, on the first Wednesday of every month, writers get together to share their insecurities and offer encouragement. The IWSG was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh, and you can learn all about it and sign up for it here

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May 4 question – It’s the best of times; it’s the worst of times. What are your writer highs (the good times)? And what are your writer lows (the crappy times)?

The best of times? That moment when a reader comes up to me and says they LOVED my books and can’t wait for the next one. Makes me want to do a happy dance right then and there. Then there are those moments when I’m writing and I’m on a roll — the story is running through my head like a movie and it’s all I can do to write the words down fast enough. Just seeing my books in print and holding them in my hands is right up there, too. Those moments are golden.

The worst of times would have to be the opposite — when someone doesn’t like my stories (which is perfectly okay, to each, his own) or when, for whatever reason, the words just aren’t there and no matter how long you sit and stare at the computer or notebook, nothing’s happening in bookland. That can be incredibly frustrating. And so can not having time to write in the first place. Life in general has become way too busy and exhausting. There just aren’t enough hours in the day. I don’t know how many times I’ve wished I had Hermione’s time turner. I could get so much more done that way.

But until that happens, I’ll keep plugging along when I can. I’ve added another several hundred words to my WIP over the past couple of weeks, so Yay!! That’s progress!

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What are your most memorable moments?

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© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2022. All rights reserved.

IWSG – Positive Feedback and Question of the Month

Today’s the day for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) where, on the first Wednesday of every month, writers get together to share their insecurities and offer encouragement. The IWSG was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh, and you can learn all about it and sign up for it here

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I’m actually feeling pretty good about my work-in-progress right now, other than the fact that it’s taking way too long to finish it. I ran the first twelve chapters past my writers’ group and got lots of positive feedback. They said they were sucked right into the story, so whoo hoo! At least I’m going in the right direction. Now, if I could just get it done….

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April 6 question – Have any of your books been made into audio books? If so, what is the main challenge in producing an audiobook?

I have not had any of my books made into audio books yet. I’ve had people ask for them and it’s on my list of things to look into, but I’ve heard that it’s expensive. I’d love to hear about others’ experiences with producing audiobooks. What’s the best way to go about it and how much of an investment did you have to make? Were you happy with the results?

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Please check out my last two posts to learn about new book releases from Alex J. Cavanaugh and Joylene Nowell Butler!

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© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2022. All rights reserved.

IWSG — Time Flies, Whether You’re Having Fun Or Not

Today’s the day for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) where, on the first Wednesday of every month, writers get together to share their insecurities and offer encouragement. The IWSG was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh, and you can learn all about it and sign up for it here

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How did it get to be July already??? I had hoped to get more blogging done in June, but that didn’t happen. And I didn’t get much done in the way of visiting during last month’s IWSG, either, but I’ll try again this month and hopefully do better.

I am making progress on my WIP, though. Whoo hoo! I’m right at the edge of the climax and can’t wait to see what surprises are in store before I hit The End. I just need to find a way to carve out a little more writing time. It’s so hard to do when there are so many demands on my time. My insecurity is that I won’t be able to find that time and writing and blogging will fall by the wayside again. Does anyone ever feel like they have enough time to do all the things that need to be done?

 

 

 

 

© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2017. All rights reserved.