Wednesday, May 1, 2024

KNOW HOW TO " NO"


  
Hey! It's the monthly blog posting on Insecure Writer's Support Group  started by Alex J. Cavanaugh. 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


The awesome co-hosts for the May 1 posting of the IWSG are Victoria Marie Lees, Kim Lajevardi, Nancy Gideon, and Cathrina Constantine!

May 1 question - How do you deal with distractions when you are writing? Do they derail you? 

My distractions are voices in my head....
One voice is alluring, often tempting, and sometimes riddled with guilt. 
The other voice— my muse —is my cheerleader encouraging me to stay B-I-C (butt in chair)
So, there I’ll be at my desk in my office...
With coffee steam wafting from my cup... 
Fingers poised ready to write (YAY) for a whole day when... 

Why don’t you check Amazon for a dress for the upcoming wedding?
NO! She needs to write.
Better check out airline tickets. Prices are going up.
NO! She can check later. 
There’s a new reel on Instagram with babies laughing!
NO! She’ll keep looking for more babies laughing and waste time.
         You should check out the severe weather in Mongolia. Scary!
         NO! Why should she care about Mongolian weather?  
         Let's  make those nut protein bars you saw on Instagram.
         NO! It’ll take too long. She can eat crackers now.
         Call your cousin. You haven’t talked in months.
         NO! She’ll call soon. Her cousin will understand
         How about we Google essential oils that remove whiskers. 
         NO! She can keep plucking them.
         You need to do laundry. Clean your refrigerator! Exercise!
         NO! One more day won’t matter.
C’mon…take a break and let’s watch that series  on Netflix. You deserve it. You’ve been working really hard.
ME: Well, maybe one episode with my afternoon coffee. But only one then back to work. 

So?
How do you handle your distractions?

Always,
Em-Musing
         .


Wednesday, April 3, 2024

 


Hey! It’s the Monthly Blog Hop for the Insecure Writers Support Group founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh

The first Wednesday of every month, we announce an optional 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!!!

The awesome co-hosts for the April 3 posting of the IWSG are Janet Alcorn, T. Powell Coltrin, Natalie Aguirre, and Pat Garcia!

April 3 question - How long have you been blogging? (Or on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram?) What do you like about it and how has it changed

Waaay back in 2009

I started my blog, Em-Musing


I chose that name for two reasons... 

1)  the ‘Em’ part is ‘me’ backward...

(which is how I often feel)

2) because it’s so close to sounding like ‘I’m Musing’.

I began writing my posts because I had many writings 

But had no place to put them.

I didn’t belong to any online writing groups at the time...

So I didn’t expect to get any followers...

(Not true…I really, really wanted some)

It just wanted to put my writings out ‘there’ ...

And not stay stuck in my laptop.

A few years later...

I stumbled upon the Insecure Writer’s Support Group...

Founded by the one and only Alex J. Cavanaugh.

I joined...

And wow! My blog got some followers. YAY!

My blog post through the years have dwindled.. 

Because I’ve been putting my energies towards writing novels

But I still love being on IWSG especially for the monthly blog...

And have appreciated the support and comments throughout the years. 

And what about your blog journey?

 

Always,

Em-Musing






Wednesday, March 6, 2024

 

Hey! It’s the Monthly Blog Hop for the Insecure Writers Support Group founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh

The first Wednesday of every month, we announce an optional 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 optiona.

The awesome co-hosts for the March 6 posting of the IWSG are Kristina Kelly, Miffie  Seideman, Jean Davis, and Liza @ Middle Passages!


March 6th question: Have you "played" with AI to write those nasty synopses, or do you refuse to go that route? How do you feel about AI's impact on creative writing?

 





 Credit:imagine




Below, a parody  from Annie get Your Gun 

 

AI:   Anything you can write I can write better. I can write anything better than you.

ME:   No you can’t.

AI:    Yes I can.

ME:   No you can’t. 

AI     Yes I can.

ME:   No you can’t.

AI:    Yes I can, yes I can…YES, I CAN!!

ME:   Really? Have you ever been kissed? Felt warm lips on 

         your lips?

AI:    No. My lips are unable to feel other's lips.

ME:   Ever giggled till you peed your pants? 

AI:    No. I’m unable to giggle, I don’t wear pants, 

          and why would I pee in them if I did?

ME:   Ever cry watching a movie with a tear-jerking scene?

AI:    No. I cannot generate tears. I don’t have emotions, 

          Movies aren't real. Why do humans cry watching a 

          movie?

ME:   So? How do you get your info about characters and 

          writing scenes?

AI:   generate content based on data that I’ve analyzed. 

ME:   Well then, you really can’t write from experience, can 

          you? That’s why can write better than you. HA!

AI:    You know that synopsis you’ve been struggling with?

ME:   Yeah? What about it?

AI:    I can write that synopsis better and faster than you. 

Me:   Oh? Uh…well then…sure…I might just let you have a go at it…to compare, yeah, that’s it. Only to compare.  


AI is here to stay..

I use Grammarly for editing and love it. I might want to try Hemingway though, I read good reviews about it.

But I think legitimate writers and authors have more pride in their published pieces than to let AI do some or the bulk of their creative works. 

What say you?


Always, 

Em-Musing


PS  I am actually working on a synopsis, Ugh!  But I don't have the urge 

to try AI.





Wednesday, February 7, 2024

 


Hey! It’s the Monthly Blog Hop for the Insecure Writers Support Group 
founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh

The first Wednesday of every month, we announce an optional 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!!!

         The awesome co-hosts for the February 7 posting of the IWSG are Janet Alcorn, SE White, Victoria Marie Lees, and Cathrina Constantine!


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?

Hmm?

Gotta think about this for a sec.

Okay, here’s my answer...

I don’t usually go to author’s websites (sorry)...

There’s no particular reason I don’t...

Other than I don’t follow any author that attentively.

But I do love author blogs... 

I find them more interesting, interactive...

And in some cases more fun.

I think blogs show more about the author's personality than a website.

But then I got curious...

Stephen King, for many years, was my all-time favorite author... 

So, I went to Stephen’s website and...

Wow! 

Amazing!

Everything about him is there...

But truth be told...

I don’t know many more times I’ll visit King’s website again... 

Unlike his book: On Writing...

Which I ‘ve revisited many times.



Have you read On Writing?

And what are your thoughts on author websites?






Always,

Em-Musing

 

P.S.  Stephen King is such a prolific writer which makes me wonder. . .when he 'passes over'. . .will he become a Ghost Writer?

 

 


Wednesday, January 3, 2024

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

Hey! It’s the Monthly Blog Hop for the Insecure Writers Support Group founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh

The first Wednesday of every month, we announce an optional 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

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


January 3 question: Do you follow back your readers on BookBub or do you only follow back other authors?

 

Good question this month...

Only wish I could answer it...

I don’t have a presence on BookBub yet...

But I did check it out... 

And I definitely will get on it... 

When my current manuscript gets out there... 

Traditionally pub’d or otherwise. 

I’m curious to read other authors’ comments. 

I’m travelling now so this is all I have for today’s post.

Happy New Year to all...

And may your writing be joyous, fulfilling, and prosperous.


 

Always,

Em-Musing


Wednesday, December 6, 2023

JUDGING A BOOK BY?

 

Hey! It’s the Monthly Blog Hop for the Insecure Writers Support Group founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh

The first Wednesday of every month, we announce an optional 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.

         The awesome co-hosts for the December 6 posting of 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?


Reading as a writer...

I’m always in editing mode...

It’s hard not to notice grammatical or spelling errors, 

the overuse of certain words, and sometimes inconsistencies. 

But hey...

That’s what editors were supposed to have caught. 

I don’t fault the author.

Regarding reviews...

I don’t often give one...

But when I do...

It’s a positive review for other readers’ purposes.

So far as critiquing...

That’s a different critter...

That goes deep into the nitty gritties. 

I believe getting critiques should be done before the book is 

published when there’s still time to make changes...

Because what’s the point of critiquing afterwards?

To hurt the author?

Both their feelings and possibly potential sales?

That’s not nice.

Reading a book is so subjective...


Just because I don’t like it...

Doesn’t mean others won’t love it...

And millions and millions of copies will be sold.

Case in point for me: Fifty Shades of Grey



What about you?

Do you leave reviews?

And have you ever not liked a book that turned out to a runaway bestseller?

 

Always,

Em-Musing

      



Wednesday, November 1, 2023

NANO, NANO, BOO BOO


 Hey! It’s the Monthly Blog Hop for the Insecure Writers Support Group founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh

The first Wednesday of every month, we announce an optional 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!!!

The awesome co-hosts for the November 1 posting of the IWSG 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?


Oh, NaNoWriMo...

You’re a tease...

I’d be fun to partake this year...

With thousands of other writers...

But…

You’d take up too much of my real writing time.

I did play with you a few times years back... 

Then, I thought…

I’ll just write whatever comes to mind...

Or work on my current W.I.P. Easy-peasy.

But my muse was not amused.

 

What’s this?

You think you can write without me?

I’m the one who helps you create plots & subplots, 

Character arcs and constructing chapters. 

You, of all people, should know...

I DO NOT work well under pressure.

However...

When you get an agent and work on something...

That has a “real” deadline...

Well, that’ll be a different story.

I’ll be your writing genie...

Making your words fly across your keyboard... 

As swift as Aladdin’s magic carpet...


And your writing wishes will be my command. 

What about you?

Yay or Nay to NaNo this year? 


Always, 

Em-Musing