Wednesday, May 6, 2015

#IWSG

If you haven't joined this wonderful group by now, you should. Here. It's a monthly post where writer's get together to help and support one another.

Many thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for starting this blog hop and all his minions throughout the years.


Today Alex's co-hosts are Eva Solar, Melanie Schulz, Lisa-Buie Collard, and Stephen Tremp!




With the A to Z Challenge, my son's wedding, and the endless editing of my manuscript, it's been a busy month. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting new people this year for the Challenge.

I'd like to say it's been a month of Not feeling insecure with my writing, but I'd be fibbing. Those darn book reviews, which have been mainly good, it's the bad ones that gets me down. I know it's silly. But those bad ones twist my gut and make me rethink my writing ability. 

What are your insecurities this month? 




34 comments:

  1. Yay! for your son getting married. How exciting! My main insecurities this month are the same as the last few: for the first time in four years of blogging, I'm struggling with being committed. #sighs Guess I'll just have to keep at it and fight of the urge to throw in the towel.

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  2. Congratulations to your son & new daughter-in-law!

    It's impossible to not let critical reviews get you down at least a little bit, but we've just got to learn from them what we can---and then go read the good reviews a bunch of times to remember that yes, we are indeed awesome. :)

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  3. Congrats to your son. I know what you mean about reviews. Most of them are good, but some of them hit below the belt. It's easy to say don't let it get to you. But gosh, they do sometimes.

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  4. Cathrina, weddings are so much fun. Lots of work, but fun. And I'm in the same boat with revisions, but my editor has steered me to the point where we are now officially finished. Good luck with yours!

    Stephen Tremp
    IWSG Co-host

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  5. Yup. I agree. They're easy to write, but not so easy to read.

    Congrats on finishing AtoZ. :)
    IWSG #134 until Alex culls the list again.

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  6. I had to stop reading all reviews, good or bad, because I couldn't handle the bad ones. My skin just isn't thick enough.
    I finished Don't Forget to Breathe last week and will be putting up a review soon. I promise it won't be bad! :D I loved the book.

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    1. **Breaths a sigh of relief*** Thank you Julie!!!

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  7. That bad ones hurt, no doubt. Especially when it's about something way out in left field that you weren't expecting.

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  8. Bad reviews suck, but hey! You're still getting reviews and that's great!

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  9. It bothers me to hear that someone doubts my sincerity.

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  10. Congrats on your son's marriage! It's amazing that you could get all those things accomplished this month. Hang in there with the reviews! Some people just enjoy being critical (and anonymous).

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  11. Weird how no matter how much positivity we hear, we tend to focus on the negativity.

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  12. I try not to read reviews. Because what you don't know can't hurt you. LOL. But you can't please everyone, so don't sweat it. Congratulations on your son's marriage!

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  13. They get me in the chest and make it hard to breathe! They always get me too. Though I must say I LOVE the positive ones and they make me do a happy dance every time! Thanks for dropping by and commenting on my blog today, Lisa, co-host #IWSG May, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

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  14. A wedding, A to Z. and editing.
    ...and reading the occasional bad book review.

    What is it about us (most of us, anyhow) that find ourselves thinking **They don't love me and aren't afraid of hurting me so of COURSE it has to be the truth! Isn't it? I KNEW it! I don't have any talent! I'm... I'm not so hot.**

    But of course, that's false. And I bet the nay-sayers are people who don't like the genre of that book. I'd be hard put to give a good review for (name any genre) if I didn't like it. I can, of course. I can recognize ability and cohesion and good writing. But a lot of people can't. You're good. Just keep remembering it.

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    1. Thank you Diana for the encouragement!!!!

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  15. Congratulations on your son's wedding and completing the A-Z! Love the photo! Every author is going to have some not so great reviews. I imagine it's not a nice feeling. I would hope they're at least trying to be constructive with their reviews rather than bashing. If they're doing the latter, I wouldn't worry too much -- they're probably haters!! Thanks for visiting me earlier today. Have a great night. Eva, IWSG co-host

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  16. I just got some feedback on a manuscript I submitted for comments, and some of them really got my goat. I have to spend a couple of days thinking through the comments, then I'll be okay to review what is written. Editing is always the worst part of writing, Cathrina.

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  17. I"m the same way, Cathrina. If I get a critical review, I feel crushed. But we both should remember it's only one person's opinion. No matter what we do or how well we do it, not everyone is going to like it. Just concentrate on the good reviews you get and don' t let the others bother you as much.

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