Day: December 2, 2015

#IWSG: What I’ve Learned from the Insecure Writer Support Group

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InsecureWritersSupportGroup It’s December, 2015, the second of the month, to be exact, and it’s time again for my contribution to Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer Support Group, a forum of bloggers who share their fears, hopes, dreams, and ideas for the benefit of the writing community. You can see a list of them here, as well as throw your own hat into the ring and share your pearls of wisdom.

This is the last post of the year and, sadly for me, my last contribution to the group. I find that running two blogs, reviewing 3 – 4 books per week, trying to write my own books, and teaching three courses at local colleges—just to list my main activities—takes up more time than I’d anticipated. In addition, I’m not sure I have anything else to share that’s really new.

I thought for my last post in the group, I’d talk about the things I’ve gained from being a part of IWSG for the past many months. That’s right; this has been more of a learning exercise for me—I’ve gained much, much more than I’ve given.

I’ve learned that, while writing is essentially a solitary activity, thanks to social media, blogs, and the Internet, a writer doesn’t have to be totally alone. I’ve gained many friends over the past three years, many of them writers, and I’ve learned something valuable from each of them.

Reading the blogs by other members of the group I’ve improved my own writing. Hints on how to develop characters, or to develop meaningful character names, a great post by Jody Hedlund. There were a lot of inspirational posts, like Rachel Shieffelbein’s advice on not quitting when the going gets hard.

There were more, so many more that there’s not enough space here to mention them all. At this writing there were 255 bloggers participating in the Insecure Writer Support Group monthly posting. That’s a lot of potential sources of advice and inspiration. I know—I’ve been inspired and gotten tons of advice over the months. I’ll keep dropping in from time to time, because I know there’s always something new to learn.

In the meantime, my parting piece of advice to all you writers and wannabe writers out there—stop threatening to write, stop procrastinating. Listen to Rachel Shieffelbein; sit yourself down and put fingers to keyboard and WRITE.

Happy holidays to all my regular readers, and a happy successful year ahead. Keep reading, keep writing.

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Review of ‘Prince Charming Must Die’

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On the eve of her 18th birthday, a talking rabbit hops into Alice Goodenough’s life. He tells her that the bad characters from the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales are real, and they’re bringing evil into the world unless they’re found and destroyed.

In Prince Charming Must Die by Isabella Fontaine and Ken Brosky we’re treated to Alice and the rabbit’s search for the bad guys, with the main bad guy being Prince Charming. Prince Charming’s identity comes as a shock to Alice, and she has to choose—love or the fate of the world.

Funny in places and scary as the dickens in others, this is a charming tale that you will thoroughly enjoy. I give it four stars.