IWSG: April 2019

It’s time again for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Posts go up the first Wednesday of each month. Read more posts and/or join in here.

As I type this, we’re facing a weekend of moving house. That pretty much has all my energy and attention at the moment. But I did start working on a really old piece of writing that I dug up, and I’m enjoying that. I don’t intend to publishing (I don’t think); for the first time in a long time I’m just writing for me, for the pleasure of it.

I recently made a decision to quit pursuing an agent or publishers. And I may not self-publish anymore either, simply because the trials are too great: fighting piracy, trying to market, and all for so very little return. I know many self-published authors are supposedly raking it in (those are the stories one hears about, though I doubt they’re the norm), so I don’t know if I’m just bad at writing or don’t write what people want to read. Either way, I’ve mostly ceased to enjoy it. But this older piece… I’m having fun playing with it. So I’ll keep doing that for as long as it amuses me.

Question of the Month: If you could use a wish to help you write just one scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be?

I don’t know. I guess I won’t know until I reach that point. Once I got stuck, that’s when I’d want to put that wish to use.

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4 thoughts on “IWSG: April 2019”

  1. Good luck with your move. I am on the fence too about ever trying to get published traditionally. I know self-publishing is too much work for me. I seem to be a constant caregiver and am not sure I could handle getting published–if I ever could. But I write for fun for now like you.

  2. Moving–ugh. Writing just for fun might be the tonic you need. Have you considered a small press? I’m very happy with The Wild Rose Press. I won’t get rich, but I’m finding readers and enjoying a supportive community of writers.

  3. I think those indie writers who are raking it in are the ones that push out a story every couple of months and know how to use Amazon and Facebook ads to build their audience. Sounds like almost as much work as writing the books themselves.

    P.S. I’ve read a few of their stories and some of them are pretty badly written.

  4. Hello, Pepper. We also recently moved (in November). Writing was the anchor that helped me focus, but adjusting to a new home while my husband was sick was pretty all-consuming. So, I understand your distractions. But, your writing is delightful. I dipped into the preview for Brynnde and ended up purchasing it. The story is just right for those who enjoy Victorian romances with a feisty heroine. Perhaps the way ahead is not clear re traditional/self-publishing/small press. Perhaps when you least expect it, what you REALLY want to do will become clearer. Meanwhile, write that story you love and have a great month.

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