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 awesome co-hosts for the August 4, posting of the IWSG are 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)
Rejections: Contemplations 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 it, I 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.
Someone else just recommended Christopher Volger's book too. I'll have to check it out.ReplyDelete
It's a great book because it goes under the surface of the author's emotional world, in my opinion.
Well, if you're going to get a rejection, that's the best kind.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Alex. I admit my rejections have reached another level where I see progress in my writing.Delete
Getting valueable feedback from a rejection is awesome. Doesn't happen a lot. Thanks for the book recommendation.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Too. You're right it doesn't happen a lot. That's why I appreciate it.Delete
I'm glad the book helped. I just added it to my TBR!ReplyDelete
Ronel visiting for IWSG day Being Busy vs Being Productive
Thank you Ronel. I hope you get the time to read it.Delete
I've seen Vogler's book recommended several times today. It must be worthy of re-reading. Thanks Pat.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Lee. The book is good.Delete
It's definitely a good read. Congrats on the feedback and submission suggestions. I hope that works out for you. :-)ReplyDelete
Anna from elements of emaginette
Have a good day.
Vogler's was a great book, you're right.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Olga.Delete
The Writer’s Journey is on my list. :)ReplyDelete
I hope you get the chance to read it.Delete
I haven't heard of that one before. Sounds like a good one. Any book that gets highlighted up that much must be worthwhile.ReplyDelete
It is worthwhile. It's my go to book before all other books.Delete
Hi, Pat! I've added Vogler's book to my list. How great it is that your rejected story received constructive feedback from the judges! And congrats on your other submissions. I love your eagle, btw. I heard a raptor crying repeatedly this morning and ran out on the deck to see a huge red-tailed hawk circling just above me. Have a great day!ReplyDelete
Thank you. I am an eagle fan. I love the bird.Delete
Congrats on that critique - awesome!ReplyDelete
I haven't read Vogler's book yet *adds to list*
I hope you like it.Delete
I haven't read The Writer's Journey. Thanks for the recommendation, and happy writing in August! I hope you weren't affected by the recent flooding in Germany. Basement still dry? The house we used to rent in Rittersdorf (near Bitburg) was badly flooded, alas. Scary weather!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Sadira. I was affected by the floods. At least my home was, but I am okay.Delete
Congrats on the personal feedback on your story! That's huge! Your writing must be amazing that they also gave you suggestions on where to submit!ReplyDelete
I have heard of The Writer's Journey, but I don't think I've read it yet. It sounds really good!
Thank you Jenni. I agree with you about the personal feedback. It made my day.Delete
Congrats on getting some constructive, professional feedback. Almost takes it out of the "rejection" category!ReplyDelete
Vogler is new to me - definitely checking it out. Thanks for the suggestion!
Thank you, Lee. Getting such feedback made my day.Delete
I have to get that book.ReplyDelete
I hope you enjoy it when you read it.Delete
I'm glad your rejection turned into a good thing.ReplyDelete
I don't think I've heard of that craft book. I'll check it out.
Thanks for visiting my blog.
Thank you, Melissa. I am happy too.Delete
Brilliant minds think alike, Pat. LOL I love Vogler's book.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Diane. I am a fan of Vogler's book.Delete
Good for you, Pat, to continue to submit your work. All the luck with that. I'll need to find a copy of The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler to see what it's all about. All best to you!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Victoria. I will always submit my work as long as I live. I'm a writer who wants to be read, so I have no other choice but to submit.Delete
Sounds like a good book to have as a resource!ReplyDelete
The book is an excellent.Delete
A few people have mentioned "The Writer’s Journey". I must go find it.ReplyDelete
Yes, please find it and if you have the time, read it. You won't regret it.Delete
Thanks for the Vogler suggestion and congrats on the critique and publication suggestions;)ReplyDelete
Also, thanks for stopping by the blog.
I thank you. Vogler's book is fantastic.Delete
Hi Pat. It's great you have a go-to book on craft. I have a few of my own, but rarely refer to them. Perhaps I should, then I'd save my critters some time.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Denise. I refer to my go-to books a lot. But you have a good group of beta readers which is something that I don't have and their this book is a big help to me.Delete
Those highlighted reminders are probably why your writing is so great. I'm surprised you get rejections, but great to get that sort of feedback. Go girl!ReplyDelete
Thanks Jemima. Yes, I do get a lot of rejections. I see my rejections as part of the fuel that motivates me to improve my writing.Delete
Getting feedback on your submission is like striking gold. I hope you work on it and get it sent out again soon. Thanks for the tip on your fave book. I love your persistence and determination to submit and not let anyone or anything stop you!ReplyDelete
Thank you JQ. It took me a long time to get to the point to see that I wanted to be a writer that is read, and if I wanted to be read, then I would have to submit. I am thankful that I can submit.ReplyDelete