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Today is all about the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) created by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Genius, I tell you, because every writer out there has some insecurities they are struggling with at any given moment. The IWSG is where writers go to help support and inspire others or look for support and inspiration.
As you know, I’ve recently finished the first draft of my second book, The Gifted (the celebration is still going on and you still have time to enter the giveaway). It’s one hell of a feeling, finishing two first drafts in just over a year. And as it was my first year writing, I feel like I accomplished an almost impossible task.
But, my books aren’t finished yet. I still have first round of revisions on The Gifted and second round revisions on The Changeling. And I have to find some new critique partners because my crit group is being dispersed. BOOOO! The site where we met is being revamped and a lot of groups, not just ours, are being nixed. I was in another group a while back that just kind of fizzled out, so the removal of this group is disheartening. I did get the first three chapters of The Changeling critiqued and I believe I can use a lot of what was in those to go through the rest, so it isn’t a complete loss.
My goals are to have all revisions of both books completed by the end of September/early October so that I can begin queries. (EEP!!) I’m probably going to have to rewrite the entire beginning of The Gifted. The inciting incident needs a bit of a tweak and the first page needs a better hook. I’ll be starting with the revisions either this weekend or next week.
I’ve entered a couple of writing contests. One, was a flash fiction contest. I won’t know about the results of that one for a while. The other is a first 250 words with a chance to win a 20K word critique. I will find out about that by the end of next week. I’m hopeful for a win (on either one) but I’m not holding my breath. The First 250 contest has a lot of entries, most of them worthy of winning, and I’m not exactly a great judge of my own writing. I figure the experience will be just as good as winning=)
On a more personal note, my daughter will be going back to school soon. To say I’m not looking forward to it would be a lie. I’ll miss her during the day, but, with her at school, I’ll be able to get a lot more writing (or revising) done while she’s there. I will still have Little Man at home, but he’s easier going than Precious. It was late last school year she was diagnosed with ADHD, and the summer was a stressful time for me in that regard. We opted out of medicines for her over the summer, but have to put her on some during the school year. I’m not thrilled with the idea of having her on medicine, but her ADHD is bad enough that if she went without it, she wouldn’t be able to pass the first grade. She’s a smart girl, she just can’t pay attention or sit still long enough to do her work.
Anyway, while there’s some insecurity where my revisions and the contests are concerned, I’m actually pretty optimistic at this point. Ask me again tomorrow, and that may change though=)
How are your revisions/WIPS going? Are you excited or saddened by the upcoming school year? Have you ever entered a contest? How did it go?