Hello Lovelies,

Man, this year has been so hard already! I’ve been really feeling my Word of the Year and recognizing that transformation is happening this year but if I just react to all that life is throwing at me then I don’t control that transformation and it could get ugly. But by focusing on my goals and dreams and working towards them- even if slower than I wished, I can make sure that my transformation ends up positive! With all the health struggles my poor husband is having, we really need that positive transformation.

I am well on my way. I finally got my PMP certification exam scheduled for March 26th and am studying hard every day to keep the information fresh in my mind! I’ve also almost finished the final edits on Quick and Dirty Annual Marketing guide and will be re-releasing one for authors and one for entrepreneurs next week. Maximize Your E-newsletter Masterclass is all updated and I am looking for 20 volunteers to review the course for free and provide feedback and an honest review. I am hosting the next week-long DreamMaker Challenge March 19th,  and the next 30 Days of Marketing challenge April 1st. I’m also steadily working on the edits for Angel’s Dance so I can get that re-released next. While I’m behind on where my goals were set this year and I still haven’t managed to add in new creative writing time, I’m really pleased with all I am accomplishing. Now on to the fun stuff!

March Updates

#IWSG March Question of the Month

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!
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The awesome co-hosts for the March 1 posting of the IWSG are Diedre Knight, Tonya Drecker, Bish Denham, Olga Godim, and JQ Rose!

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG 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.

Remember, the question is optional!

You ready?
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

March 1 question – Have you ever read a line in a novel or a clever plot twist that caused you to have author envy?

I wouldn’t necessarily say author envy, but I have read a lot of clever twists that thrilled me as a reader who generally has the story beats figured out in the first few chapters.  As a matter of fact, that is an automatic 4-star rating as long as my reaction is “Yes, I hoped that was where it was going!” or “Holy moly, I didn’t see that coming but it makes perfect sense!” As a matter of fact, one of the things that made me rail against The Girl on the Train was that she had perfectly set the story up for the most AMAZING twist…. and then she went with the boring answer. I was sooooooo angry! It was right there.

And if you can throw in a plot twist that punches me in the gut like Joshua Robertson did in Maharia (I literally threw my kindle across the room and refused to finish the story for a few days.) then you win a special place in my heart. I bought the books in paperback for subsequent read-thru’s just in case the rage hit again! As for great lines, I can’t think of any that hit me profoundly enough to remember them later but I do know that there are times where I will pause and re-read a line or a description just to revel in emotion it elicits in the moment.  But with each of these, I cannot say I’ve felt author envy. I think because I strive so hard (usually) to separate my reader self and my author self while reading- otherwise it feels too much like my editor self and that is work and I don’t read for work, I read for self-care.

You can see the rest of the hop at IWSG Bloghop

Until next time,

Keep Writing!

Comments (6)

  1. Feedback is so important! Glad you got the support you needed on those difficult scenes. Best of luck with your health issues, and I wish you happy writing in March.

  2. That sounds like a smart way to go about evaluating those scenes. Very mindful. Good luck on getting everything figured out with home life and work. It sounds like you’re all doing the best you possibly can.

  3. Life, the universe, everything just seems to be chaotic right now. I mean, I supposed it always is, but the last little while seems particularly weird.

    I fully admit there are times I very consciously add things that are not critical to the plot or character. I write comedy and sometimes a good joke is just worth it to set the mood.

    • Hangell531

      Agreed! A good joke is definitely needed, especially in these turbulent times!

  4. That’s a good point. If you’re reading with your author hat and analysing what makes a line so good, it takes the enjoyment away. Just admire it, appreciate it, take inspiration!

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