Wednesday, February 7, 2024

@TheIWSG #IWSG #WritersCommunity #WritersSupportGroup #WritersLife

 
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!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG.

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 



February 7 question: What turns you off when visiting an author's website/blog? Lack of information? A drone of negativity? Little mention of author's books? Constant mention
 of books? 

I love my blogger friends. The blogs I visit each month have become special to me. It's rare when I come across negativity, and usually, it's understandable. I don't mind at all when author's books are mentioned, because authors have to market their wares. (I so dislike marketing) With that said, I admit that I don't have tons of time to blog hop. If I come upon someone's blog that has an extremely long post, I quickly skim it, and look for the meat in the words.

I hope everyone is having a good start to the New Year! 



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Wednesday, January 3, 2024

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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!Let’s rock the neurotic writing world! Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG

Alex's awesome co-hosts for the January 3 posting of the IWSG are Joylene Nowell Butler, Olga Godim, Diedre Knight, and Natalie Aguirre!

In the beginning of 2023 I was full steam ahead with my WIP. Then life got in the way and I lost my concentration. I'm still battling with sitting my butt down and completing this draft. I don't know what my problem is. I'm at 82k. I basically know where it's going. But my insecurities and doubts have doubled concerning my writing. I'm wondering if it's all worth it.

The time spent writing grows exponentially because I'm a turtle writer. LOL. Since I now self-publish it's also the money spent for professional editing. Formatting. Covers. And the worst...Marketing. 

I'm hoping to climb over this hump and put my thoughts in order to complete this project. 

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

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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!Let’s rock the neurotic writing world! Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG

Alex's awesome co-hosts for the IWSG are C. Lee McKenzie, JQ Rose, Jennifer Lane, and Jacqui Murray

December 6 question: Book reviews are for the readers. When you leave a book review do you review for the Reader or the Author? Is it about what you liked and enjoyed about your reading experience, or do you critique the author? 

That is a good question. I rarely critique an author. In my opinion, it's not my place to critique an authors already published work. If unpublished, and an author asked me to critique their work, that's a different story....

And I never give a bad review. Because as an author I know very well those long hours of hard work, and what goes into writing and publishing a novel. 
I once couldn't get through a book. I waited months and picked it up again. Guess what? I was able to read it and enjoy it. Sometimes it's just not the right read for that moment in time. 

Or, if I totally dislike a novel, which is rare, I wouldn't post a bad review. I've read some pretty nasty reviews and those are heartbreaking for an author. And I've actually liked those books with the nasty reviews. So only you, as a reader can judge what you like and don't like. 

There's millions of books out there for a diverse population. Not all books are a person's 'cup of tea.'














Wednesday, November 1, 2023

#IWSG @TheIWSG #WriterSupportGroup #WritingCommunity


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!Let’s rock the neurotic writing world! Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG

Alex's awesome co-hosts are PJ Colando, Jean Davis, Lisa Buie Collard, and Diedre Knight!

November 1 question: November is National Novel Writing Month. Have you ever participated? If not, why not?

I am a terrible, slower than slow turtle writer, and I would never even try to participate. I'm amazed by those who do participate, and I wish them much success!



On some days, it helps not to think about what's happening & what might happen in your life or in the World....







Wednesday, October 4, 2023

@TheIWSG #IWSG #Writingcommunity #WritersLife

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!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world! Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG


October 4 question: The topic of AI writing has been heavily debated across the world. According to various sources, generative AI will assist writers, not replace them. What are your thoughts?

My research came from Google on this topic and I found many conflicting answers. I copied a couple paragraphs from Google. 

While some argue that AI can produce high-quality content efficiently, others believe it's far from replacing human writers. AI tools can help with editing, grammar checking, and generating ideas, but they lack creativity and the ability to understand complex emotions.

While some statements claim AI will kill many jobs. But not replace the human touch. 

A vast number of book writer's believe AI is a threat to their livelihood and the very idea of creativity.

My own opinion and thoughts concerning AI are totally negative. I don't care for the AI concept at all. Perhaps my negativity comes from watching too many Sci-Fi movies. I can't seem to get my head around the idea of AI being a good thing. However, I've been known to be wrong. 
Only time will tell....