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I'm having a crisis of self-doubt over my ability to craft a saleable novel, after reading a very poorly (not) edited self-published ebook this weekend. I mean . . . I think I can catch the sort of ridiculously blatant errors I spotted page after page in this story. But there were some other things. Every once I'll read something that reminds me of my own writing, and it will seem amateurish in that different context. And I realize then how much I have to learn.

Not looking for platitudes or "oh but you're a good writer" sort of responses . . . I just needed to get this out, because I spent half the night worrying about it. Now I need to make myself revisit my stories and figure out what needs to change.
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Just don't forget all the people you have behind you who can help you polish that novel before you're ready to send it out. And now you know what mistakes NOT to make. *cheers you on* You CAN do it!
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no latitudes, but hon, this is a problem for all of us. That is also why it takes some of us years to finish a book. Hang in there,
love, LinnAnn
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I can understand where you're coming from. Sure, that crap gets published, so we can definitely get our carefully edited, workshopped, and beta-read pieces published...but if you're seeing yourself in that stuff, it can feel like..."What if people say that about my stuff?" Like, even if I'm published, is that really a sign that I'm GOOD, or just as sign that the market is remarkably permissive?

The difference, Mums, is that you're aware of the problem. You see the similarities in your own writing and recognize that this might be a place where you can improve. That level of self-awareness is severely lacking in vanity publishing. It's called vanity publishing for a reason, after all. But you are demanding a higher standard from yourself; you seek to remain self-critical. The very fact that you realize you need to learn--that reading this piece in which you saw yourself caused you to feel amateurish--is a sign that you aren't destined to remain an amateur. You'd never settle for publishing a piece that you feel has not reached a certain standard, you're part of a community of people willing to critique and be constructive of your pieces, and (perhaps most of all) you're willing to accept that you have more to learn.

No pandering here from me, you know, because we ALL have something to learn. You can improve, I can improve, even someone like JK Rowling has places to improve. The thing is, you know you have to improve. And that makes all the difference. (I suddenly want to take the road less traveled by.)
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*Delight* I am SO excited!!! Last month I wrote and submitted a proposal to present a workshop at the Gender Spectrum conference this summer. I just got an email confirmation - my proposal was accepted! As part of the high school programming, Dr B and I will be presenting a workshop titled Everyone Has a Story: Your Unique Tale.

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Yay, that's awesome! Congrats! *Delight*
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I told you that your workshop was amazing!!! And you were worried. *Hug1**hug**Hug2*
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Yay! I knew that your idea was amazing!
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Ohhhh look out world! Goldilocks got her driver's permit today! *Laugh*

*Worry*
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That was my plan too, Waltz.
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they do make 'student driver' magnetic signs...just saying. lol
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I used to have the bumper sticker: if you don't like how i drive, stay off the sidewalk.

I miss that truck.
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If it's Friday, it must be time for Boozy Books! Check out this week's pairing here:

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Okay, writer friends . . . I probably need your help with this. Either to talk me out of it, or help me figure out how to make it happen.

Those of you who know me well know that I write a lot about gender and gender identity. I just received an invitation to submit a proposal for a session at this year's Gender Spectrum conference. I would not consider myself remotely qualified, ordinarily. But the theme of the conference is Sharing Our Stories.

I'm thinking . . . of a session for the teens. This idea just bloomed in my head, and I can't stop thinking about it. A session for teens, that's really ABOUT sharing their stories. Talking about storytelling, sharing some of what I've written, and then writing stories that reflect their experiences.

What do you think? Who would like to help me brainstorm a proposal, and outline a session?
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I know nothing about proposals, but I think your session idea sounds great! I think a session about acceptance and telling one's own story is absolutely amazing. It's hard enough feeling accepted and like your voice is being heard when you're a teen...and when your story is about gender...it's even more important to feel like you're being heard.

You're a darn hero, Mumsy, and you absolutely must do this!
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*Blush* Awwwww thanks! *Delight*
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You never asked us to talk you out of it, lol
love, LinnAnn
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Boost boost boosting signal for Professor Q ! *Delight*


Ladies and Gentlemen of Writing.com, Nerd Cactus is proud to present the inaugural edition of Boozy Books (a book pairing experience)! Every Friday, we will post a review of a popular (or not-so-popular, depending upon our mood) book or series and pair it with the perfect beverage. Think of us as your Literary Sommeliers!

First up...a behemoth of fantasy, which I'm reasonably sure everyone has heard of. Think of this as your chance to get to know us and what to expect from this series!

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Plugged with the geeks over on G+. Wink
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Thanks, Mums and Moose!
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A little less than 5 1/2 hours remain to enter "Waltz's Birthday Story Mini Contest [13+]! Write! Write! Write!
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Hey everyone! There's still time to enter "Waltz's Birthday Story Mini Contest [13+]! Mini writing contest runs through tomorrow, February 18th, 2015 at 11:59 PM WDC time. Help celebrate Robert Waltz 's birthday with a rolicking fun story or poem . . . or a somber and grim one. Or perhaps something a little bit on the GC side of things. All ratings welcome!
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Direct link to the "Waltz's Birthday Story Mini Contest [13+]! Come check it out . . . come write a story or poem to celebrate the Overlord's birthday!
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Hey everybody! Come check out "Waltz's Birthday Story Mini Contest [GC]! Contest runs through Wednesday, February 18th.
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"Mumsy's 3 Day Yellow Celebration Contest [ASR] is now closed! Thanks to everyone who entered.
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Also . . . ALSO!!! Today's the last day to enter "Mumsy's 3 Day Yellow Celebration Contest [ASR]! You have until midnight WDC time. Tick tock, tick tock! *Clock*
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Remember, the winner of this contest gets a Yellow Awardicon from me!
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Boosting signal for Professor Q 's new group!

I have created a group for people who work in the 18+ and up regions of the writing world. We get fewer views and reviews than anyone else on this site, and our items are often hidden behind filters, meaning we just don't get the same exposure as a lot of the more mainstream, family friendly ratings. So, in answer to that, I decided that we should all band together and review each other! In that vein, here is the group:

 Beyond the Red: The Group  (18+)
A review group dedicated to the writers of W.com who write items rated 18+ and up...
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We accept erotica, crime, fantasy/sci-fi, foul language, substances too grown-up for the ASR crowd, etc. Any subject, any type of item, so long as it's 18+ or higher. No limits...except that one, really. I mean, it's a big limit, but so far as limits go...it's kind of important for the notion of the group, innit? Anyway...I digress...

Even if you don't write in that area...are you willing to review them? Are you OK with foul language, explicit violence and sex, drug usage, gruesome crime, or anything else that might come out of the head of a writer? Are you someone who sees GC and doesn't run away screaming? Then please help us out! You don't need to be a member to review these items. You don't need to be a member to spread the word or hang out with us in the forum. You don't need to be a member to share contests or other activities that might interest the 18+ and up crowd. You only need to join the group if you want reviews in return.

If you want to, join! If you just want to review, come by the forum! If you don't want to join or review, just spread the word (or maybe donate)! In any case, please help me out by making sure the people who would want to join get to see it. The forum is here:

 
FORUM
Beyond the Red: The Lounge  (GC)
Unfiltered. Uncensored. Take a peek beyond the filters, and read the words you find there.
#2027065 by Professor Q


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There's still plenty of time to enter "Mumsy's 3 Day Yellow Celebration Contest [ASR] ! Smile
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I'm in a very weird mood. I watched a movie that should have been fun but made me sad, ate dinner at midnight & read an entire book. I want to write a book that someone wants to stay up half the night to finish reading.
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*Hug1**hug**Hug2* Going through something similar in the book department. I want to write something that people get so lost in, they have to finish 'just one more chapter' before they go to bed. We can do it, though. I have faith!
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I"n rooting for you. As long as your going for an all nighter read, go for the Pulitzer!
love, LinnAnn
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