Wednesday, October 7, 2020

#WritingCommunity @TheIWSG #WriterSupport #WritersLife #Writing

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 

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Alex's awesome co-hosts are Jemima Pett, Beth Camp, Beverly Stowe McClure, and Gwen Gardner!

October 7 question - When you think of the term working writer, what does that look like to you? What do you think it is supposed to look like? Do you see yourself as a working writer or aspiring or hobbyist, and if latter two, what does that look 
like?

What a Working Writer looks like to me. A journalist, a reporter, a researcher...etc... A person who gets paid on a regular basis for their work. I can't imagine working as a writer with a deadline. 


This is how my working like a writer is for me. Sitting on the couch overlooking my backyard while I write my IWSG post.


If I truly think about what I have accomplished over the years, as far as writing novels, I astound myself. I consider myself a hobbyist. I don't write for a paycheck or for money because I'd be homeless and starving by now....LOL.

As of late, I haven't been loyal to my writing. And publishing a book in July was a story that had been on the back burner for over a year.  

I was recently contacted by an aspiring writer who was seeking my professional advice. She'd sent her query letter, and a chapter of her very first book. By her writing sample, I felt she could become an avid author. However, I also noted she had lots of work ahead of her. Since I am aware of the long, lonely hours involved in becoming a published author, I hadn't wanted to deter her hopes. Instead, I offered encouragement and, explained how a good editor is essential. We corresponded a few times and I supplied her with a few links, and said to google the internet for publishing advice and so on... 

As I've said many, many times, the art of catching that golden ring is Perseverance! 👍👍





 







33 comments:

  1. Yes, so true about perseverance. Seeing how I've tried to get published, I couldn't support myself on my writing either.

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    1. That's my key word for just about anything you want to accomplish.

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  2. I like your version of working writer better.
    Nice of you to encourage that aspiring writer.

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  3. Even as a publisher I can't support myself. It's hard to do, especially right now.

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    1. That's sad, and there is so much hard work involved in being a publisher.

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  4. Perseverance is the key to so very many things in life! It's taken me the better part of a decade to be confident enough to put my words out there.

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    1. I know exactly how you feel. With each new book, I still get anxious.

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  5. You are so right about perseverance. Lots of people have talent, but no follow through. That used to make me frustrated, esp. when the person is a friend. Then, I realized I have no say in what others do with their talent, just what I do with mine. Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog.

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  6. That word is always spelled with a capital P. It is one of the most important if you're going to write for publication.

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  7. You've got the right idea! Keep on keeping on. It's nice to see that you're inspiring young authors! That's great!

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  8. Maybe we should change "working writer" with "persevering writer" ;-)

    Ronel visiting on IWSG day Revamp Your Backlist

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  9. I think working writers are persevering writers, so I'm on track with Ronel here. I think writing for the joy of it does not mean you aren't serious. Your writing is really good.

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  10. Yes indeed, perserverance is the key! Good post. I wish you happy writing in October.

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  11. Very wise approach. Although I sit at a desk writing my stuff overlooking the garden, you and I seem to have similar approaches. Funny that I don't consider myself a hobbyist but a working writer, though!

    Have a good month
    Jemima

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    1. I write leisurely, and hardly no writing at all lately. But I guess, I am working at it...LOL!!!

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  12. I can't imagine writing with a deadline either. I have a bad habit of focusing on how much time is left and not doing the work.

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  13. I actually thrive under a deadline. Without it, I waste way too much time. I'm so easily distracted...

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  14. Haha! I used the word "perseverance" in my blog post this month too. Because that's what it takes!

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  15. That's also what I see as a working writer, but many provided me with good definitions of their own.

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  16. Perseverance is definitely a key factor in writing and publishing. People hope for luck, but as long as they keep pushing and working while they "wait" for it, they'll find success.

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  17. Thomas Jefferson has a great quote about this. "I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it." It's one of my favorite quotes...

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  18. If I had known how much work was ahead of me back in the beginning...I'd have still done it. LOL

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  19. As an elementary teacher, I met many well-known children's authors. Perseverance was the word most of them stated ~ That and a day job!

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