Giving And Taking Trust

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Trust can be tricky, and as a writer, I find my self relying on my instinct more and more. Instinct and advice. I’ve had some advice given to me lately and some that I’ve learned on my own regarding trust.

It can be a challenge knowing who to trust, whose advice to trust and when to trust others with your writing. Because sadly, there are people out there that will steal and or destroy confidences.

Always trust your gut and test the waters.

When it comes to finding a Critique Partner or finding a Beta Reader, you need to trust the person you hand your story over to. That said, don’t just hand it over to just anyone. Talk with them a bit first, start off with a short story, poem, query letter or something simple. I never hand my story or synopsis over to anyone I don’t trust. It’s not perfect but knowing will reduce the chance of someone posting your work online without permission.

The same thing goes for services like editing and paid critiques. If the person doesn’t have samples(and even if they do), you can ask for a sample of how they would edit your work by having the first page or two done before agreeing to work with them. This is key, there is nothing worse than paying for a service, technically getting what you paid for only to find out it’s not how you wanted the editing done.

What about advice? I dole out advice and my opinion all the time, I even get paid to do it. Does that make me a professional? Not really. Does it make me right all the time? Ha, no of course not. Nobody can be right all the time. All my advice and information I share is what I’ve learned along the way. Sure it changes and shifts, and I even find better advice, but I never claim to be the be-all-and-end-all of writing wisdom.

Writing advice, (Including publishing, editing, and revising) is all subjective. What works for some may not work for others. That said, never ignore advice, rules, tips, tricks, hints, or anything that others offer. Listen to it and use your instinct to determine if it works for you or not. Taking a poll online to credit or discredit advice given may help, but I see more often than not, it will bring out three types of people/answers.

• Yes! Brilliant advice. Do this, you’re a fool to do otherwise.

• No way! Do the exact opposite, you’re a fool to do otherwise.

• Do what works best for you. (probably suggest to research or read articles)

People are strongly opinionated(No matter the facts) and the majority vote might not even be right. Know your audience, who is giving the advice, find a source from reputable websites to find more information and most of all, trust your instinct.

When in doubt, seek the advice of an industry-specific individual. Peruse blogs of people with credentials and experience. I spend a lot of time researching topics and information for my story, and I wouldn’t cheat myself by taking fly-by-night advice without further researching on my own before(if ever) asking strangers on Facebook or Twitter.

I always do my best to present information with an unbiased approach, after researching and often after finding out the hard way. I’ll never lead anyone astray on purpose for some hidden jealousy-based agenda. Ask me a question, and I’ll answer to the best of my abilities, if I don’t know, I’ll probably research and offer up some articles. Why? Because that’s what I’d want. I want people who ask me questions to feel they can trust me to be as honest as I can.

 

“Write what you love, and others will love what you write.”
-SL.Mumby

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Perseverance

 

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No matter how much luck you have –or don’t have– if you never give up, perseverance will win you the day.

Perseverance means to not give up. It’s effort, tenacity, and persistence to do something and keep doing it until the end, even if it’s super hard or feels impossible.

No matter what stage of writing I find myself in, there are always moments when doubt creeps in or it feels impossible to get through or continue. Those are the moments we dig deeper and push through.

Sometimes we face obstacles like writer’s block, plot corners, dead ends, self-doubt, imposter syndrome or even anticipatory anxiety for all the work that comes after the story is written. It would be easy to give up, but there is no reward in quitting. So we persevere, we pull up our socks and march on.

For me giving up isn’t an option. I want to publish my books, I want to find a Literary Agent and work with them to achieve my dream. So that is what I will do. That may not be everyone’s goal, there are different methods of getting a book published. It doesn’t matter which way you go as long as it is your way. It’s harder to quit if you are pursuing your dream the way you want to do it.

Other writers don’t need to follow your path and you don’t need to follow theirs.

That said, remember, someone else’s path may not mirror yours, that doesn’t make them wrong and you right, it doesn’t make you wrong and them right, it makes you both determined to get where you want to be. Focus on your journey, support others and they will support you, so when you find a writing roadblock in your path, you can help each other over or around it.

 

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Dream

Dream

As writers, we dare to dream. We dream of ideas, stories, characters, and places that we bring to life on the page.

We dare to put ourselves out there, into the world, and we hope to share our work. Whether our journey takes us to self-publishing, press publishing or slogging into the query trenches to find a Literary agent to represent us for traditional publishing, we all want the same thing; to publish our writing. Writing that we have put our hearts and souls into, it sounds cliché, and maybe it is, but that is exactly what we do.

Countless hours writing, revising, rewriting, revising again, rewriting, editing, maybe rewriting again and then we choose the next path toward publishing.

I am on the path to traditional publishing and will begin querying my latest book, Prophecy Ink. After a few rounds with a query and only receiving form rejections, I pulled it from the trenches and took a closer look. Something was wrong.

The first chapter wasn’t working, nor was the second and even third. So out to beta readers and critique partners, it goes. I ended up rewriting and condensing, and the MC (Main Character) lost her way. She now wandered through the events without purpose, without reasons. That was not what I intended, but I was too close to see the problem properly. Once identified through beta’s CP’s and a paid query critique, I rewrote again. Then back out to more Beta readers and Critique Partners. The problem was corrected, and after more careful revisions, the story was ready again.

But what about the rest of the query? The query letter and Synopsis? Part of that query package was a close look at them too. Two rounds of professional editing later, I had a polished query and Synopsis. But was that enough?

Yes and no. I had already signed up for a “How to get published” query workshop, and I took that query letter along. There are some minor issues to tend to and some comparisons to nail down, but I’m happy to say, I’m very close to putting out queries again.

What writers are willing to do to get to their dream of becoming published is no small thing. There are tears, stress, good and bad moments of doubt and joy. There is sweat involved, we toil and worry over every aspect and yes, sometimes even blood. I’ve had several paper cuts while revising hard copies.

When it comes to honing our skills, reading and writing daily are imperative. So is reaching out to other writers, writing groups, critique groups, and taking classes or workshops on writing or other aspects of whichever publishing route you choose. Local workshops are a fantastic resource, and I highly recommend searching for any you can find. I found Brian Henry’s workshop and a local critique group on Google. Libraries are also a great place to look for workshops and courses for writing and even writing groups.

I am glad I was able to see that there were problems and even happier that I was able to recognize what the problem with my MS and query was. With more work and a lot of time, Prophecy Ink is almost ready for the query trenches again.

 

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Long Time, No See.

BA2It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a blog. Life has a funny way of shifting and moving us about, time became a bit rare, and my blog suffered for it. During this time away, I’ve learned a lot and experienced a lot.

When it comes to social media, people come, and people go. Some stay forever while others flit about platforms like busy bees. Sometimes they step away and come back, and sometimes they start fresh.

I’m about to start querying my latest book(Prophecy Ink) out to agents again. This is a process and experience that is complicated and exhausting in every way. I’ll be documenting my journey in the query trenches and share all the ups, downs, and sideways moments. I’ll also post some links to helpful videos and any tidbit advice I’ve picked up along the way.

 

 

Your Daily Word Prompt – Participate – April 15, 2019

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And The Winner Is…

Hey to all my American friends, check out the supreme generosity of K.E. Garvey. Visit her blog, and maybe win a cool writing resource.

K.E. GARVEY

Before I announce the winner, I have to say that this contest did not go as I had expected it to (as much in my life seems to work!) I truly thought the giveaway would garner a much bigger response than it did. I saw a lot of buzz about it on the major social networking sites, but only received ten entries. That blew my mind. But I’m sure those ten thank everyone else for boosting their chances.

I had said my grandson would be choosing the winner based solely on their gravatar. He is 5, and what I didn’t say was that if there was anyone out there using a Mario gravatar, they would have won, hands down.

But, no Marios.

The winner of the first edition of Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi’s The Emotion Thesaurus is Cheyenne Trumbo (Ava Rogers). He said the reason he chose her gravatar…

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Your Daily Word Prompt – Besmirch – March 19, 2019

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Your Daily Word Prompt – Adulation – February 13, 2019

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Your Daily Word Prompt – Clandestine – February 4, 2019

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