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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

IWSG DAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2021, STILL WRITING By Pat Garcia













Hello Everyone,

 

 It is IWSG Time!

 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us.

 

https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

 The awesome co-hosts for the September 1 posting of the IWSG are Rebecca Douglass, T. Powell Coltrin @Journaling Woman, Natalie Aguirre, Karen Lynn, and C. Lee McKenzie! 

 

 Submissions:  Turn The Light On into the KCT International Literary "TREAT" Award Contest (Still Outstanding)

A Portrait of Daisy Dee, Fiction, The Writer Short Story Contest (Still Outstanding)

The Wasteland, Carve Magazine, Raymond Carver Short Story Contest (Still outstanding)

A Shared Dream, The Alpha/Omega Short Story Contest, July 2, 2021 (Still Outstanding)

 

 

 


 

 

STILL WRITING

I have always thought that I had the creativity to write. I also knew that I would have to perfect that spirit of creativity if I wanted to write beyond one or two books. That meant taking writing classes, broadening my reading by being able to read in almost all genres, learning how to read non-fiction, going to writing conferences, submitting my work,  learning how to deal with rejections, forcing myself to work regardless of my feelings and doing whatever I needed that would define me as a writer in an ongoing process that would eventually get my books published. Thus my success lies behind what I have done to get where I am––I call it The Process. At the beginning, I saw myself as a successful writer in a process of becoming known to the world, and it is  an ongoing process that doesn't end because of publication.  


Wishing all of you a lovely month of September.


Shalom aleichem,








Pat Garcia



Wednesday, August 4, 2021

IWSG DAY, THE WRITER'S JOURNEY, AUGUST 4, 2021, By Pat Garcia

 









Hello Everyone,

 

 

It is IWSG Time!

 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

 

 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us

 

https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

 

 

The awesome co-hosts for the August 4, posting of the IWSG ar PK Hrezo, Cathrina Constantine, PJ Colando, Kim Lajevardi, and Sandra Cox!

 

 

 Submissions:  Turn The Light On into the KCT International Literary "TREAT" Award Contest (Still Outstanding)

A Portrait of Daisy Dee, Fiction, The Writer Short Story Contest (Still Outstanding)

The Wasteland, Carve Magazine, Raymond Carver Short Story Contest (Still outstanding)

A Shared Dream, The Alpha/Omega Short Story Contest, July 2, 2021 (Still Outstanding)

 

RejectionsContemplations Of A Woman Turning Sixty-Five - Flash Fiction, The Masters Review (Although my story wasn’t accepted for publication, I received an outstanding critique from the judges telling me why and suggesting that I revise it. They even gave me the names of three publications where they knew it would fit. And that made me happy)

 

 

 

 





 

The Writer’s Journey

 

In 2013, while taking a class offered by Writer’s Digest, I asked a question that would change the way I see my characters and building the world they live in. The instructor suggested that I try to find a copy of The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler.  I did find a first edition copy, and this has become my go-to book. I have yellow and green highlights throughout the book, and it also has my ideas notated when I stumble upon something I haven’t seen before. When I received it, I stayed up all night reading it the first time. The book sits on my desk. Every time I read itI discover something new and understand more clearly what I need to do to breathe life into my characters. 

 

Have a lovely month of August and take care.

 

Shalom aleichem,





 










Pat Garcia

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

IWSG DAY, Jully 7, 2021, What Would Make Me Quit Writing? By Pat Garcia

 

 

 

 

 









Hello Everyone, 

 

It is IWSG Time!

 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

 

 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us

 

https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

 

 

The awesome co-hosts for the July 7 posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, Victoria Marie Lees,and Louise – Fundy Blue!

 

 Submissions:  Turn The Light On into the KCT International Literary "TREAT" Award Contest (Still Outstanding)

Contemplations Of A Woman Turning Sixty-Five - Flash Fiction, The Masters Review (Still Outstanding)

A Portrait of Daisy Dee, Fiction, The Writer Short Story Contest (Still Outstanding)

The Wasteland, Carve Magazine, Raymond Carver Short Story Contest (Submitted June 1, 2021

A Shared Dream, The Alpha/Omega Short Story Contest, July 2, 2021

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 What Would Make Me Quit Writing?

 

 

 

I think many situations could come up that would rob me of my ability to write. A disability, a mental sickness, a memory loss would test me, but I hope I never have to experience such a loss. 

 

Wishing everyone a happy and peaceful month of July. 


Shalom aleichem,

 


 









Pat Garcia

 

 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

IWSG DAY, June 2, 2021, Timeframe to Finished Product and Its Shelf-life by Pat Garcia





 

Hello Everyone, 

 

It is IWSG Time!

 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

 

 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us

 

https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

 

 

The awesome co-hosts for the June 2, 2021  posting of the IWSG are The awesome co-hosts for the June 2 posting of the IWSG are J Lenni Dorner, Sarah Foster,Natalie Aguirre, Lee Lowery, and Rachna Chhabria! 

 

 Submissions:  Entered Turn The Light On into the KCT International Literary "TREAT" Award Contest (Still Outstanding)

Contemplations Of A Woman Turning Sixty-Five - Flash Fiction, The Masters Review

A Portrait of Daisy Dee, Fiction, The Writer Short Story Contest


Results:  LAWD, LAWD into the WEP's April Challenge – made the shortlist

 

 


 

 

 Timeframe to Finished Product and Its Shelf-life

 

For me, it takes time, time, and then more time. When I write the first draft, I revise and revise until I see a chemical reaction taking place with the words that I choose to express myself. It's kind of like a light of insight that lets me know I'm almost there, but I haven't reached the zenith. That's when I put it on my shelf, and I start writing on something else. How long it stays, I cannot say. My first short story that came out this year, I started in 2015. It was only at the beginning of  2020 that I called it up from my computer and started restructuring it, and the result was my first published short story. 

 

I firmly believe that the timeframe is determined by your purpose for writing, what you hope to accomplish, and the raison d'etre behind your writing. 

 

One of my invisible writing mentors is John Gardner. It took him years to get The Sunlight Dialogues published. In fact, it was the first book he wrote but not the first book that was published.

 

Therefore, I don't worry about the timeframe because I will do as many revisions as needed and let it stay on the shelf as long as needed until I think my words speak life to me, and therefore, can speak life to the reader.


Have a lovely month of June.


Shalom aleichem









Pat Garcia

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

IWSG DAY, May 5, 2021, Coping with Disappointed Reader Expectation by Pat Garcia










Hello Everyone, 

 

It is IWSG Time!

 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

 

 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us:

 

The Insecure Writer's Support Group 

 

 

The awesome co-hosts for the May 5  posting of the IWSG are  Erika Beebe, PJ Colando, Tonja Drecker, Sadira Stone, and Cathrina Constantine!

 

 

 Submissions:  Entered Turn The Light On into the KCT International Literary "TREAT" Award Contest (Still Outstanding)

Entered LAWD, LAWD into the WEP's April Challenge (Winners haven't been announced yet)

 

Update on Turn The Light On

Turn The Light On's book trailer is finished. The book trailer was essential to me, and I didn't want to rush it and put out any old thing. I have worked with excellent creative people at 4WillsPublishing who really listened to what I desired. We checked in on everything concerning my trailer, and I wasn't afraid to tell them what I thought or reject what I didn't want. The results of the book trailer are on my side banner, but I have placed the book trailer and the promo banner here today because I am very proud of both pieces of work. Soon, I will be getting in touch with a few people to help me promote my book by publishing it on their blogs. 

 

 





 

 



 

 


 

 

Coping with Disappointed Reader Expectation

  

In answer to the question given to the group, I would like to say that I have encountered responses to my writing from readers that I didn't expect. Did their reactions surprise me? Yes, of course, the reactions surprise me, and sometimes I have been deeply hurt. After all, I am human, and I bleed just like everyone else. Did I lose them? Yes, some I have. 

Did their reactions make me change my style or my delivery of what I write?

I can say so far that is a definite No. Don't get me wrong, I love readers, but I am not writing to please them. When I write to please someone else, I lie to myself, and the true essence of who I am gets blackened in muddy waters, and I drown.

I want to live in my writing and not die in it. 

Wishing all of you a beautiful month of May. 

Take care and stay safe.

 

Shalom aleichem,



 






Pat Garcia

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

IWSG DAY, APRIL 7, 2021, RISK TAKER by Pat Garcia





 

 

Hello Everyone, 

 

It is IWSG Time!

 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

 

 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us:

 

The Insecure Writer's Support Group 

 

 

The awesome co-hosts for the April 7 posting of the IWSG are PK Hrezo, Pat Garcia, SE White,Lisa Buie Collard, and Diane Burton!

Submissions:  Entered Turn The Light On into the KCT International Literary "TREAT" Award Contest 





 

Risk Taker

 

I take risks in that I blend what is going on in the world and give my perspective to my characters to find out what they think. The engagement from my character's point of view is always engaging. I also grab situations that bother me within that viewpoint. Even in writing Romance, you can't bury your head in the sand. I like romance stories that weave the reality of death into their plots. These kinds of stories don't always end with the heroine and hero walking to the altar, but sometimes into eternity, and these are the kind of stories that I write.  Within me is a strand that wants to present life as it is, and I do my best to give my readers a realistic view of love and trust that blends with taking responsibility for one's decisions and loving at the same time.

 

Wishing all of you a lovely month of April. 

 

Shalom aleichem,

 







Pat Garcia