Wednesday, April 2, 2014

IWSG for April 2014

The Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG) is the brilliant idea of Alex J. Cavanaugh. The purpose of the group is to share doubts and insecurities and to encourage one another. Please visit the other participants and share your support. A kind word goes a long way.

I know a lot of you are busy with the A to Z Challenge this month. Good luck! It's so much fun.

The first year I did the Challenge, I wrote a story called FEARLESS. I went on to self-publish it and offered it for free. As of this date, there has been over 30,000 downloads. Amazing things come from the Challenge!

I wanted to offer up a cheer, but then I found this awesome quote from Helen Colella. Here are some tips and encouragement to go along with the Challenge: "Appreciate all writers. Believe in yourself. Challenge creativity. Dream of success. Explore fact, fiction, and fantasy. Focus on your writing career. Go the distance. Hold tight to dreams. Invest in classes, workshops, and conferences. Join a critique group. Keep abreast of publishing needs. Live, love, and laugh. Make every word count. Nourish the body, mind and soul. Open your mind to knowledge. Prepare and be positive. Query first. Read, read and read. Set goals. Trust in yourself. Understand the impact of words. Venerate language. Write. Write. Write. X-out all negativity. Yodel and yell over every accomplishment. Zoom in—complete projects."

Finally, come visit Untethered Realms. We're participating in the Challenge as a group. Our theme: fantastical creatures. I have letter B today.

38 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing that awesome quote! I'm glad that Fearless has had that many downloads. You deserve all the success in the world.

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  2. Awesome words Christine. Thanks for sharing. Those stats are amazing for Fearless.

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  3. Luv rhe quotes. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. What a great quote. I especially love the yodeling LOL.

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  5. What a great quote!

    And I hope you get back to Fearless 2 one of these days. That's awesome Fearless has done so well with the downloads.

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  6. Persistence plus Humor equals Published, is my motto.

    Congrats on your success!

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  7. Thank you so much, folks! Good luck with the Challenge if you're doing it.

    Perhaps I'll find time to get back to Fearless 2. I even have an idea for a third one! *LOL* So many story ideas, so little time!

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  8. Wow, that's a lot of downloads! Go you! And that quote is brilliant: it covers it all. :)

    shahwharton.com

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  9. Wow, 30,000 downloads? That's incredible!

    Thanks for sharing that quote! :)

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  10. Love the quote. I must learn how to yodel, but until I do I'll keep writing.

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  11. Great quote and perfect words to copy and keep close by. You are so right, great things do come from this challenge....30,000 downloads...WOW!

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  12. "Zoom in -- complete projects." Whoops, I'm not doing so well there. I even talked about that today in my IWSG post.

    I'll be sure to stop by your other blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  13. Hi human, Christine,

    That's a thoughtful quote. I shall make a note. Now I shall be the yodelling dog on my crazy blog.

    Fantastical creatures, Jack Russell's galore :) The A to Z, HELP and Arf! :)

    Penny, the pawsitive host of the Alphabark Challenge, 2014!

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  14. Yes, all good mantras! Okay jumping over to UR for the A To Z.

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  15. Oh my goodness I love that quote! How fitting :D

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  16. That is an amazing quote! And you can now add another download of Fearless to your count . . . me! :D

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  17. Oh, the memories! The A-Z you wrote Fearless was when I found you - and boy, am I glad I did! <3

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  18. How incredibly appropriate and inspiring!

    HMG

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  19. 30,000 downloads is amazing! Love your A-Z advice quote!

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  20. Christine, thanks for sharing the quote. It's very inspiring. Happy IWSG!

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  21. An inspirational and alphabetical perk me up! How wonderful.

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  22. Such a sweet post! Congratulations on the A to Z inspiration! Loved it!

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  23. How did I miss Fearless? Yikes! Was I hiding under a rock?

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  24. Perfect encouraging quote for IWSG and A to Z.

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  25. *hehehe* I'll be concentrating on the zoom-in this next week. Lovely quote. And I totally missed Fearless - ahh!!!

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  26. Hey Christine! That's a fabulous quote! I love it. It's very motivating. Would you mind if I link your post to my blog? I'd like to take a few of the posts I've gone today and link them together. I focused my post on motivation and determination. Good luck and have fun with the A to Z Challenge! Although I can't participate, I'm proudly displaying my Supporter Badge. Have a great day. Lily-Eva

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  27. What a neat story - and quote! :)

    IWSG #243, until Alex culls the list again.

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  28. Most excellent quote, Christine. And Fearless' success is wonderful!

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  29. What a perfect quote for IWSG during the A-Z. Very impressive.

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  30. Love the quotes for the A-Z challengers. Glad to know that Fearless has so much of downloads!

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  31. Oh Christine! I love the quote. :) Thanks for sharing!! :)

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  32. 30,000 downloads??? Wowzers.


    And I'm not a very good yodeler. I can "yelp" though.

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  33. Great quote! That's so inspiring to hear you did a story for the A to Z challenge and that it was successful. I have it on my Kindle now. I think I'll crack it open!

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  34. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with this year.

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