Insecure Writers Support Group. A group founded by Alex Cavanaugh in which writers from all around the world can post about their insecurities, writing challenges or offer words of support for others. The past couple of months I have been busy finishing off my manuscript so I have not posted. Today I thought I would share some of my experiances on the road towards publishing. Mainly I want to tell you that if you are writing a book and planning on publishing it, EXPECT the UNEXPECTED!
For the past two years I have been working on my book Secrets of the Ash Tree, a fantasy novel that incorporates Norwegian Fairy tales and Mythology set in the modern world and in a world of fantasy. The first 30000 words were easy but then I hit a wall. Emotional turmoil in my life put the breaks on all my creativity. EXPECT to have life throw you a curve ball when you least expect it, but don't give up, even if all you can do is think about your story and write down some notes.
Just when my writing started to flow again my critique partner got sick, my muse went on vacation and I lost a whole chapter of my book. My daughter who had promised to illustrate and do the book cover got pregnant and backed out on me just as the cover was due. My husband stepped in and offered to make a photograph, then came the rain and more rain...EXPECT your computer to betray you so SAVE...SAVE...SAVE! EXPECT people to back out on you at the last minute or the weather to fowl your plans.EXPECT people you depend on to have lives that interfere with YOUR plans. There is nothing you can do about it except find help elsewhere.
This community is rich with help. I have found an amazing critique partner in Susan Roebuck, who also turned out to be my muse. Also, just when I thought my cover was doomed, my Cyber Brother Michael Di Gesu offered his help. I can't wait to show you the book cover he has created for me and finally to get my book published. Yes, I am still expecting the unexpected, but I know there is always a way to turn the bad into good and sometimes even better. Good luck and keep writing!