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I've been creative writing all my life, though with various haitus(es) along the way. IFrom 2010 I started this blog and enjoyed sharing writing and other information with everyone. illness and bereavement supplied the more recent hiatus.

Friday, 6 January 2012

January Insecure Writers' Support Group #4

My thanks to Alex J Cavanaugh for hosting this monthly blog hop.

Well having been feeling mega insecure over the festive period, I decided to tackle some of my woes:

1. To write at least 200 words daily.

2. To search for short story competitions and enter them.

                   Today I submitted my first 2012 entry. Hoorah!

3. Accept that getting published isn't easy and just get on with it!

4. Focus on getting better by reading and writing more.

5.Don't obsess over each entry sent. Forget about them once they've been submitted.

6. Develop some writing determination.

7. Focus on my stories and plots to blot out other temptation/distractions such as blogging.

8. Enjoy the process rather than stress about the outcome.

Can you relate to any of these?
Oh and having popped over to Alex's blog, I was inspired to add this song:


  1. Oh, Madeleine...not only can I relate to these, I could've written them! You are not alone! I think I should join the group, too! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I find that embracing the process helps a lot. I focus on becoming a stronger writer and storyteller, and less on becoming published (which is still important to me).

  3. Those are wonderful goals! I hope you hear some good news about that first entry you submitted. :)

  4. That's a great list. Publishing is hard. The best thing you can do is keep producing and keep submitting.

  5. I'm definitely guilty of No 5. I am currently waiting for a response from a submission and every day I want to email them!

  6. Yup. In particular, #8.

    Good luck with your entry!

  7. Hi, Madeleine,

    Happy New Year!

    You have THE perfect list.

    As the others, I can relate to all of them. We are, after all, all in the same place.

    May 2012 bring you much happiness and success with your writing. It's always a pleasure to drop by your blog.

  8. Well, I can see their merit but a reality check for me puts a number of them in the ha-ha-guffaw-giggle pile.

  9. I think I could stick to that 200 words a day goal. I'm a pretty lax writer. Does blogging count in that 200 :)


  10. I've always loved that song.

    I can relate to your list. Good luck on your latest entry.

    Have a great weekend.

  11. Enjoy the process -- that's BIG. So...Write1Sub1 this year?

  12. Bless you Michael,

    Thank you everyone and good luck to you all too for 2012

    Milo, maybe monthly write1sub1, as the weekly one added to my stresses last year!

    Donna, I don't see why not as long as it's a challenge piece or prose, flash fiction, poetry etc.

  13. Yay for your short story submission!! Good luck lovely Madeleine!!

    Don't worry, be happy!! (I now have that song going round and round my silly head! LOL!) Take care

  14. All good goals Madeleine. You share some with me. I just subbed my second story to Vine Leaves. I'm subbing every week this year. That'll keep me honest.

    Does writing for RFWer figure in there somewhere or will you be too busy? I see it as a great way to keep improving.


  15. I can definitely relate to most of these. It's a really good list, and if you can keep to it you'll be doing fantastically :-)

  16. Yes, I can definitely relate to some of those! And well done for already submitting a short story - we're only one week into the year!

  17. These are excellent goals - best of luck with them. (and pop over to mine whenever you want help with 2)

  18. I can relate to all of them. And I'd add for myself self-publish an e-book collection of my limericks already! :)

    Also congratulations on your Honorable Mention in last week's Limerick-Off. Great job! Limerick of the Week 43

  19. Hey Madeleine,
    I'm encouraged that you are tackling your "woes".
    Your attitude is healthy but please remember to not put too much pressure on yourself. You said it, you really must enjoy the process rather than stress about the outcome which can result in a bit of negative speculation.
    Now I just write for therapy. Nothing more, nothing less.
    And well done Alex for hosting the monthly blog 'hop' 'Hop' seems an appropriate word in 'leap' year.
    Hop you have a good time.
    In kindness, Gary from over at his little known, unassuming, shy and humble blog :)

  20. Congratulations on sending out the first 2012 short story competition entry! I can relate to your list and I think reading and writing are keys to success. Happy 2012!

  21. I suspect I'll be relating to the last point you made soon.

    I've never queried before, so I'm not sure how much I'll enjoy that part of the process.


  22. Hi Madeleine .. you've given me food for thought here - in another direction, but that's my life! I'll be back with the thought though ..

    re my insecurity and my limerick - I 'mastered' it .. and had to relate to the South East ..

    There was a young lady called Doreen
    Who lived in that place Golders Green
    She migrated due south
    Well beyond Medway’s mouth
    To partake of the coastal routine

    She's chuffed with the story I wrote around her name .. the Greek Dora for gift .. and loved the limerick ..

    So thanks for setting me straight .. cheers Hilary


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