Wednesday, December 2, 2015

#IWSG Insecure Writer's Support Group




Join Alex J. Cavanaugh and a multitude of writer's in this monthly hop to help support one another!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The co-hosts for December are:
Sandra Hoover, Mark Koopmans, Doreen McGettigan, Megan Morgan, and Melodie Campbell! 

My book, Wickedly They Come is being re-released on Dec. 19, 2015. This book was my debut novel and I'm so happy to have it re-edited from start to finish. I've learned a lot about writing over the years, and needless to say ~ I'm still in the learning phase.
Even after I edited Wickedly They Come the hundredth time, my new publisher sent the ms for another edit. And I had to chuckle when I received the manuscript back from her. Comments like ~ "this isn't a sentence" and "comma splice" and "you might want to fix this paragraph"

I thank God for wonderful editors, and even then, we still find typos and mistakes. I have to come to terms that nothing, nothing is perfect.


Do you find yourself slapping your head in frustration over errors and typos?





43 comments:

  1. Your quote at the end is so apropos. Insecurity can stop us in our tracks and keep us for enjoying what we do.

    Best wishes,
    Diane
    IWSG #85

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  2. When my editor finished with me, I thought I would cry for days!
    But, the results were good, so we do what we have to do.
    Very best of luck to you!
    Heather

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  3. I can't imagine life without my editor, Janie Junebug!

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  4. That last meme is so true. I am my toughest critique, and I am the hardest on myself. Sometimes I can beat myself down so badly that I can't write for a long while.

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  5. I agree with others about that last quote. That's so me and it really does hold me back sometimes. I keep trying to get out of my own way and fortunately it actually works sometimes now.

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  6. Yes, I thought it was just part of the job. Funny that.

    Anna from Elements of Writing

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  7. Oh, the comma splice. That one I've learned my lesson on. I feel like I'm decent at grammar, but when I change storytelling POVs I'm aware of it more. It will be interesting with my first professional editor experience coming up!

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  8. Yes I do. Not only do I comb through it, so do my editors and still some slip through. So so so annoying!

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  9. Congrats on the re-release. I don't know what I'd do without my editor. Even when I throw the occasional tantrum, I know she's right. Always.

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  10. Congratulations on your re-release! It's awesome to have another shot at editing an earlier work. I'm my own toughest editor. Errors simply drive me crazy. I have to make myself write and leave editing until later.

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  11. Even with books from big presses, I count the errors. I think we just have to be a little forgiving then live and let live.

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    1. So true. I do the same thing with books from big presses!

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  12. Typos annoy me more than anything. I'll delete and re-write a blog comment if there's a typo.

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  13. I sure do! I'm lucky to have a super-duper CP who is a spectacular editor too. Send me the info on your book, and I'll give you a shout-out for your re-release. :)

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  14. Ugh typos. No matter how many times you check and edit, they still slip through. I often edit and correct my blog posts in advance, before they're scheduled to post. And still I find a typo and will go back in to correct and update the post.

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  15. Typos are frustrating. I tend to leave out words and then my eyes gloss over them. That's a pain, because I never typed anything to typo it! :D

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  16. Even great editors miss stuff. And we never stop learning :)

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  17. It doesn't matter how many times a manuscript is gone over, there will ALWAYS be errors left in there. I think of it like an Amish quilt, where they purposely leave in a wrong stitch because only God is perfect. :)

    I was given an opportunity to rewrite my first novel, too. Let me just say - Oy vey! I want to snatch the original right off of Amazon. This is probably what next months' IWSG will be all about.

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    1. So true about only God is perfect!!!!!

      And I know what you mean about snatching the originals away from Amazon...

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  18. I beat myself up for mistakes in my own work all the time. It's too hard to quiet down the inner perfectionist, a lot of the time! How exciting that Wickedly They Come is being re-released, though. Best of luck with that!

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  19. Hahaha. I'm laughing because I freelance, and those comments sound exactly like the ones I make for my clients.

    Don't feel bad. You're the author. You're supposed to be focused on characters and plot and dialogue, not grammar. That's what editors are for. ;)

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  20. Ugh! I hate when I see an error in one of my pieces that's already published--whether it's a book or an article online. I just want to fix it but sometimes that isn't possible.

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    1. That's why I normally don't read mine after they've been published.

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  21. Ugh. Typos are such a pain. It seems like there always has to be one. I like your note to self about being perfectly happy with yourself, rather than seeking perfection. Wise words.

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