Wednesday, 2 October 2019

IWSG (OCTOBER)

I've had an interesting and busy writing month. I took part in the first online writing conference #WOWCON. The brilliant initiative of Stuart White and #Writementor. If you write for children or YA you should definitely check the group out on Twitter. I learned lots and connected with writers at all stages of their writing journey and many industrial professionals. I had my first agent 1-2-1 which was really insightful. It's helped me polish my Cornish fantasy manuscript and I will soon be in a position to start a round of submissions.

My previous manuscript which is already out on submission has received some interest from an agent and a small publisher. YAY! Time will tell if anything will progress but it is all great for giving a much needed boost of confidence.

OPTIONAL QUESTION
It's been said that the benefits of becoming a writer who does not read is that all your ideas are new and original. Everything you do is an extension of yourself, instead of a mixture of you and another author. On the other hand, how can you expect other people to want your writing, if you don't enjoy reading? What are your thoughts?

I think it is important to read extensively, especially in the genre you are writing. I guess there is always the chance that your writing will pick up influences from other books and writers but as long as you aren't trying to become a copy of their work I think it is useful to see how other writers approach things. It is great to help you understand what works or doesn't work for you. It is also a good idea to know what the current market is like. But most importantly of all, I love reading and can't imagine my life without books in it!





Thanks to  Alex for hosting the IWSG and this months fabulous co-hosts Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Mary Aalgaard, Madeline Mora-Summonte, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor

19 comments:

  1. Awesome the first one has interest and you're ready to submit another one!

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  2. Oh wow congrats on the interest on your manuscript. Fingers crossed it works out! And best of luck with the next one as well.

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  3. Congratulations on your manuscript! It sounds like you have all sorts of good stuff going on. Good for you :)

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  4. Thanks for the info on this writing group. It sounds good for when I finish my manuscript. And that's awesome about the interest in your manuscript.

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  5. Congrats on your manuscript interst. You must be so proud. Good luck.

    Yvonne.

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  6. Congrats on the interest in your manuscript! Hope it leads to something awesome!
    I can't imagine not reading books, either.

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  7. Congrats on your writing month. Sounds exciting and fun. My fingers are crossed. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  8. Congrats on a writing filled month, or at least writing related. Great news on interest in the manuscript too.

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  9. Fingers crossed for your manuscript and getting an agent! Good Luck!!

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  10. Wow, you've been busy! Good luck with all your projects.

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  11. Well done Suzanne - you are definitely moving forward. Brilliant about the interest in your ideas - good luck ... we need to read, as well as write ... and get inspiration we can translate into other projects - cheers Hilary

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  12. An online writing conference? That sounds interesting! I'm glad you got a lot out of it!

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  13. The conference sounds so interesting. Congrats on getting notice on your manuscript. Woot!

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