Wednesday, May 4, 2022

THE ECSTASY AND THE AGONY


   Hey! It’s the monthly blog hop/ known as the Insecure Writers Support Group founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. You’re invited to join if you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers. It happens the first Wednesday of each month, and it would be sweet of you to visit at least a dozen or so new blogs and leave a comment. Your words are appreciated. Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.   Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  
The awesome co-hosts for the May 4 posting of the IWSG are: 

Kim Elliott, Melissa Maygrove, Chemist Ken, Lee Lowery, and Nancy Gideon!

 May 4 question - It's the best of times; it's the worst of times. What are your writer highs (the good times)? And what are your writer lows (the crappy times)?

Waaaay back…

After completing my first full manuscript…

I sent out queries with much anticipation…

And I scored! 

I got a request for a full!

I couldn’t believe it!

I remember thinking… 

Querying and snagging an agent isn’t so hard. 

What’s all the fuss?

I celebrated with my sister in California via phone

And we drank Kahua and creams...

I was giddy beyond belief. 

**That was the best of times.**

Then…

DUN DUN DUUN 

The agent responded quickly and brusquely…

And rightly so…

“You need to get this edited. 

I don’t have time to do this.

Find an editor and when it’s done, send it again.”

Okay…

Didn’t sound too awful bad….

So, I did...

But when sent it back to the agent…

**POOF** 

She wasn’t in business any longer.

No worries, I told myself…

I’ll just send out more queries…

I did...

Then more queries…

And even more queries…

Until insecurities and disappointment took over...

And I buried that manuscript... 

Deep in the cavernous digital realms ofmy laptop.  

**That was the worst of times.**

A few years back… 

Wiser and obviously older…

A writer friend encouraged me to get it published...

So, I opened that file, blew off the pixel dust...

And worked on it again...

And then two years ago, I self-pub’d.

It was an arduous project... 

But at least it was a book in my hand...

And not just a dream in my head.

Now…

With another manuscript finished...

I know the ropes...

And won’t make the same mistakes again.

I’m now on the path to publication again!

So?

What’re your best and worst of times?

 

Always,  

Em-Musing

 



 



Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Talk To Me

 

Hey! It’s the monthly blog hop/ known as the Insecure Writers Support Group founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. You’re invited to join if you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers. It happens the first Wednesday of each month, and it would be sweet of you to visit at least a dozen or so new blogs and leave a comment. Your words are appreciated. Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.   Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  

 

The awesome co-hosts for the April 6 posting of the IWSG are Joylene Nowell Butler, Jemima Pett, Patricia Josephine, Louise - Fundy Blue, and Kim Lajevardi!


April 6 question - Have any of your books been made into audiobooks? 

If so, what was the main challenge producing it?


No, I haven't had my book made into an audiobook...

But I have written and voiced hundreds of scripts...

For TV, Radio, & other formats...

And being in studios doing voiceovers...     

I know there's a whole lot going on...

That most people have no idea about.

Some friends have told me...

"Em, you should do an audiobook of your novel.

Umm...

No thanks. 

While I love doing voiceovers...

I'm never satisfied... 

And besides...

I love writing more.

And yes...I'm never satisfied with my writing...

But when I make a mistake..

It's cheaper to make a change

Then making changes in a $tudio.

However...

I'd love to hear authors' experiences...

In producing their audiobook.

How long did it take?

How many voice talents were used? 

Were you one of the voices?

And price? 

(if you care to share)

 

Always, 

Em-Musing




Wednesday, March 2, 2022

TO WRITE OR NOT TO WRITE AUTHENTIC

 


Hey! It’s the monthly blog hop/ known as the Insecure Writers Support Group founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. You’re invited to join if you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers. It happens the first Wednesday of each month, and it would be sweet of you to visit at least a dozen or so new blogs and leave a comment. Your words are appreciated. Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.   Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  


 

The awesome co-hosts for the March 2 posting of the IWSG are Janet Alcorn, Pat Garcia, Natalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence!

 

 March 2 question - Have you ever been conflicted about writing a story or adding a scene to a story? How did you decide to write it or not?


 

Once upon many years ago...

I wrote a manuscript...

Many of the characters were witches... 

I wanted readers to be disgusted with these witches...

Because they were not the cozy, sweet kind...

Cooking up potpourri and candles.

These evil beings performed grisly rituals... 

And conjured up demons. 

Some of the scenes were disturbingly graphic...

And afraid they might be too offensive ...

I edited out some details.

When I was done writing the manuscript... 

I sent it off to an editor I found in Writer's Digest...

But like a rookie wannabe author... 

I was so anxious to get feedback...

I waited until after I sent the manuscript...

Before I did a Google search of the editor...

Only to find out that she had been an editor...

At a Christian publishing house.

LORD!

Afraid the details in my manuscript might singe her eyes...

(sorry)

I expected her to write back saying...

That she torched the manuscript...

Then got on her hands and knees praying for my salvation. 

When the manuscript finally came back with her notes...

I was shocked...

She liked the story...

But, she said...

“If you’re going to write in this genre I want to feel the spattered blood on my face, taste it in my mouth. Be true to the characters, warts and all.”

Okey dokey then...

I took her advice...

And fleshed out some character and scenes.

So...

That’s the story about my story.

What about your story?

What conflicts did you encounter?  

 And what did you do?


Always,

 Em-Musing

                                             

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

DO TRUE LOVE STORIES EVER DIE?

 


Hey! It’s the monthly blog hop/ known as the Insecure Writers Support Group founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. You’re invited to join if you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers. It happens the first Wednesday of each month, and it would be sweet of you to visit at least a dozen or so new blogs and leave a comment. Your words are appreciated. Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.   Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  

 The awesome co-hosts for the February 2 posting of the IWSG are Joylene Nowell Butler, Jacqui Murray, Sandra Cox, and Lee Lowery!

 

February 2 question - Is there someone who supported or influenced you that perhaps isn't around anymore? Anyone you miss?


 I hate to be that person...

Who always says, “Poor me”

But to answer this month’s question I’ll say it...

Poor me...

Because I don’t really have anyone encouraging me...

Or who influences me.

It seems like I’m the invisible writer...

With an invisible published book.

Yeah, there were a few of my family and friends who read it...

But there were more who didn’t.

I’m working on a Humorous Women's fiction manuscript now... 

That I started ten years ago...

But put away before finishing it.

It's based on a true story and…

WAIT A MINUTE!

There WAS someone who influenced and encouraged me! 

It was my fiancé at the time...

Who has since passed.

The manuscript is a love story - with some humor...

Because falling in love with someone 24 years younger...

Ya just know there are amusing elements. 

Every morning, he’d come into my office and ask...

“How’s your writing going?”

I'd read to him a few pages and he'd smile...

And that was enough encouragement for me.

I’ve moved on in my life...

But this love story still lives... 

And will be published in the not-too-distant future. 

So?

How about you?

Who influenced or encouraged you?

And hopefully you don’t have a “Poor me” story.

 

Always,

Em-Musing

 

 

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

 Hey! It’s the monthly blog hop/ known as the Insecure Writers Support Group founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. You’re invited to join if you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers. It happens the first Wednesday of each month, and it would be sweet of you to visit at least a dozen or so new blogs and leave a comment. Your words are appreciated. Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.   Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  

 

The awesome co-hosts for the January 5 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, Olga Godim, Sandra Cox, Sarah Foster, and Chemist Ken!

 

January 5 question - What's the one thing about your writing career you regret the most? Were you able to overcome it?



First: HAPPY NEW YEAR







Second: I'm traveling back home today so this post is going to be
short 

Third: Today’s question: What’s the one thing about my writing career I regret the most?


Time!

It’s three quarter past my life

And I'm wishing I realized I should have done more sooner

But the only thing I can do about it now

Is go to the quantum level 

Where time can be manipulated

But I'm not sure what part of my life I'd go back to

So?

What about you?

If you could go back in time for your career

How far back would you go?


Always,

Em-Musing







Wednesday, December 1, 2021


      HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL   and  TO ALL A HEALTHY NEW YEAR! 




Hey! It’s the monthly blog hop/ known as the 
Insecure Writers Support Group founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. You’re invited to join if you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers. It happens the first Wednesday of each month, and it would be sweet of you to visit at least a dozen or so new blogs and leave a comment. Your words are appreciated. Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.   Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  

 The awesome co-hosts for the December 1 posting of the IWSG are PJ Colando, Diane Burton, Louise – Fundy Blue, Natalie Aguirre, and Jacqui Murray!


This month's optional question:
 In your writing, what stresses you the most? What delights you?


What stresses me? 

My Inner Critic who won't shut up:


You haven't written enough this week!

Your writing sucks!

The story is boring!

And...eeuw! 

Time to pluck those whiskers, girlfriend



What delights me? 

When  my muse shows up  


You're a good writer

You're creative

Trust in yourself 

I have some ideas we'll work on

Burn some incense, play some music

Grab a cup of coffee 

Let's have some fun 

And don't fret. . .

You only have two whiskers


So?

What about you? 

What stresses or delights you with your writing?




Always, 

Em-Musing



  












 


Wednesday, November 3, 2021

WRITING WITH FINGERS CROSSED

 

Hey! It’s the monthly blog hop/ known as the Insecure Writers Support Group founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. You’re invited to join if you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers. It happens the first Wednesday of each month, and it would be sweet of you to visit at least a dozen or so new blogs and leave a comment. Your words are appreciated. Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.   Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  

 

The awesome co-hosts for the November 3 posting of the IWSG are Kim Lajevardi, Victoria Marie Lees, Joylene Nowell Butler, Erika Beebe, and Lee Lowery!

This month's optional question: What's harder to do - coming up with your book title? Or writing the blurb?

Hoo boy!

That’s a toughie...

But for me it’s the blurb... 

Even if you have a killer book title...

An agent or publisher might change it...

Unless that is...

You self-pub then — hoo boy—good luck!

While a book cover’s design and its title...

May catch a reader’s eye...

A great blurb...

If it’s done right...

Can catch a sale.

The blurb is actually a great marketing tool.

Besides using it on the inside jacket cover or back cover...

It can be used in query letters... 

Social media to promote your book...

On your website...

And as enticements to reviewers, 

Ahh...

But how do you write the blurb intriguing enough?

First it should be no more than 250 words... 

And here’s a formula: 

* Who is the main character, and what is going on in his/her life when the    

   story starts?
* What is the Big Problem?
* What are the biggest obstacles the main character has to face?
* What is at stake?

(source: https://jwmanus.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/the-formula-for-a-novel-blurb/)

 

 So. there you have it...

Simple, no? 

No!

At least not for me!

It takes me at least a hundred times...

Before I’m happy with it...

And actually...

I’m never happy with it...

Because I just can’t shut the internal editor off.

And if writing the blurb isn’t daunting enough...

Ever do a face-to-face pitch with an agent?

Trust me...

It’s sweaty palms & pits -I need a drink - daunting! 

Because there's no delete button...

And no rewrites...

You either land on your feet...

And hope you landed that agent...

Or land on your ass...

Then go have a drink, and make it a double. 

And what about you?

Which is harder?

Title or Blurb?


Always, 

Em-Musing