Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | By: Angela Brown

IWSG, My Genre & Me

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!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional!!!
February 7 question - What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

I LOVE the variety and the journey that comes with fantasy and science fiction. As a kid growing up, reality was always so...well... REAL. It was wonderful to hop into a book and take off to a different realm or a different planet other than my own. I'd always have to face the issues and problems in my REAL LIFE, so it was nice to escape to some place or thing far removed from my norm.

It is just as much fun creating new worlds, spinning a new twist to an old aventure, dreaming up a new language or way of speaking. It is why I enjoy building bridges between here and anywhere imagination takes me.

What about you? What genre do you write most in and what do you love about it?
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | By: Angela Brown

We're Here to PROMPT You Up!

This is probably very telling about how old I am. I remember sneaking and watching some of the Saturday Night Live shows when I was younger. There were these two guys who were always trying to...

So yeah, that is the inspiraton for this blog title, and I think I will do this regularly, maybe once a month since I mainly post on Wednesdays here.

See this picture?

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you look at it? What is the "first line" you think of if you see a book that has something like this on the cover?

Please comment and share. Inquiring minds -  like mine- want to know :-)
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | By: Angela Brown

Getting Back into the Writing Life

Stepping back into writing slow and steady has gone better than I thought. Now that I've given myself permission to NOT be so hard on myself, I'm making progress. Some days may not go quite as planned...
But it is okay. Really and truly okay.

What do you do on those days where things don't go quites as planned?
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | By: Angela Brown

Something Like Normal

I'm not quite sure what normal is anymore.

Before 2012, normal was...
...getting my kid ready for school
...drop her off
...go to work
...complain for half the day
...get complained at by customers for the other half of the day
...pick my kid up from her after school program
...work homework and read with my kiddo
...then go to bed.

2012 - the beginning of 2015 was all of that plus...
...blogging 2- 3 times a week
...hopping on various social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to post, share posts, like posts, network multiple times through the day everyday
...more networking on LinkedIn and other outlets that I wasn't sure why I was hopping on them anymore
...marketing research
...marketing attempts
...blog tours
...building newsletter lists
...sending newsletters while trying to not be spammy
...and writing, writing, more writing.

Somewhere in there was the occasional sleeping moment.

No regrets from any of it given I gained a whirlwind of knowledge, friends, and had some really awesome times doggone it!

So now that I've taken my hiatus, I've stepped back to breathe for a bit, I'm ready to set my new normal. I don't have anything solid yet.

No specific goals like a certain word count per day.

No demand on myself to produce XYZ product or item. I have plenty of deadline demands with my day gig.

Actually, here is my goal for each day:
Be like Happy Kitty!

Oh, and you'll notice I made a little change to the layout of my blog. I really liked what I had before. Just trying something new. In case you are interested in trying something new with your blog, I'd suggest Heather McCorkle. I've had a very good experience working with her. In fact, she designed my Shadow Jumpers and NEO Chronicles books, both the older and new versions.

Since we've got more than one toe into the new year, have you had a chance to set a schedule? What is your normal like?