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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Insecure Writer's Support Group - May

Can't believe it's that time of month again. Ninja Captain Alex's support group for writers: www.alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com. If you don't know Alex already, not sure how that's possible, but do check out his sight. Alex is the one of the most giving, supportive bloggers in the universe.

Having finished my first draft of my first ever novel, I was feeling pretty darn good. I wrote a novel--something I never thought I'd do. I received some feedback from trusted readers that they wanted more of the story at the end. I tried doing that, but it didn't feel right, because this story came through me in a very organic manner. It wasn't from my head. So now, I need to go inward once again, and see if the story itself has more to tell.

I also need to begin the second draft, wherein I flesh out more details, add in descriptions and other craft techniques like metaphors and similes. Not my strong suit, but in writing my memoir I learned that even though these things don't come naturally to me, I can go back and add them in later.

I'm in an incredible process with this book and with my spiritual life and they are deeply entwined. It's very nice not to be writing an "insecure" post today, but rather sharing from my strength.

How about you?
Blessings,
Karen

19 comments:

YVONNE LEWIS: said...

Good to know you're not insecure Karen. Good luck with your book.

Yvonne.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I love that you're so confident with your writing and know that you are able to handle the next draft because you've done it before! Congratulations! :)

Jessica Bell said...

Oh my gosh, I had no idea you finished it! Congratulations! I remember you talking about it when we met in Athens. I've been hoping for you ever since that day that you would get it done. Way to go!

Revision part is easy. Well in relation to the first draft it is. Most important thing is that you got the bones down. YES!

Karen Walker said...

Thanks, Yvonne
Elizabeth, thanks so much
Jess, Yes, it's taken a few years for me to get the bones down, but I'm so grateful they are.
karen

Tonja said...

Congratulations on finishing it! I finished the first draft of mine too. And then I decided to write it in first person, which means completely rewriting every word of it. But I feel good about it.

L.G. Smith said...

I'm one of those who loves the revision process. I like adding in those layers. That's where you really get to add resonance and polish up those bits that will shine for the reader. Jealous that you are finished with your first draft.

Sarah Chafin said...

Congrats on finishing your novel! I recently finished mine too but I lack your confidence. Simply Sarah

Suze said...

This was a wonderful post, Karen.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I envy you, Karen. I remember that feeling of having written my first book. It was like giving birth to my first baby. Powerful. I've written 6 since then, and I love them all. But there's something very special about the first. Bravo! And happy IWSG.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Karen!
Awesome you have a complete manuscript. Stick with what feels right for the story.
And I always have to go back and add details. Good to know I'm not alone.

Karen Walker said...

Tonja, I had to do the same thing
L.G., I get that, but I know you will get there as well
Sarah, it will come!
Suze, thanks so much
Joylene, I'd written a memoir, but not fiction so it's very different
Alex, yeah, it is nice to know we're not alone
Karen

~Sia McKye~ said...

Yay for you! It feels very good to finish the first draft and yes, you can always go back and add bits to give it more of a WOW factor.

As far as writing goes, you can only write the words that are in your heart, words that inspire your story. You gotta stay true to that.

Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

L. Diane Wolfe said...

You can do it, Karen.

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M. J. Joachim said...

Sounds intriguing. I'm very happy for you that you're in such a good space with your writing.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Wow! Congratulations, Karen, not just for finishing that first draft, but for being in a good place overall. I'm really glad to hear it.

LD Masterson said...

Keep that positive momentum flowing and go work on that second draft.

Gina Gao said...

Congrats on finishing it! I'm happy to hear that you're not insecure about your work.

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Arlee Bird said...

I didn't realize you'd finished either--or kind of finished. Good luck with the next phase.

Lee
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