Advice for Fellow Newbies - IWSG

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Happy One Year Anniversary  Insecure Writer’s Support Group website.  Wow.  That was a mouthful.  Yes, it’s that time of the month.  No, no.  Not that time...IWSG time.  A chance to share our fears, frustrations, or offer words of wisdom with other writers.  Today, I'm lucky enough to be a co-host along with Kristin Smith, Suzanne Furness, and Fundy Blue! Be sure to swing by and say hello to them.

When Alex J. Cavanaugh put word out the IWSG was putting together a book to help other writers on their journeys, I thought I’d have nothing to contribute.  I mean, I don’t even have a book published yet. What could I possibly have to offer anyone?  Then, I realized, waitaminute, I do have some words of wisdom to pass along.  Here they are:

Don’t be afraid to share your writing with a critique partner.

Perhaps not the most earth shattering piece of advice but worthy enough to pass along to nervous newbies like me.  

I was petrified to ask someone to review my book.  What if they told me it was a piece of garbage? What if they said it had terrible characters or an awful plot?  I didn’t think I could handle the criticisms. Even if they weren’t catastrophic.  

Finally, I told myself enough is enough.  I reached out to one of my favorite authors for a helping hand.  I chose him because I loved his writing and his crazy sense of humor.  He’s a great fit for me and has been with me every step of the way.  It was the best thing I ever did for my writing.  Not only did I learn how to fine tune my work and accept writing tips without being offended, I made a great friend too.  

If you’re almost finished with your work in progress, it’s time to start thinking about finding a critique partner or two.  Search for someone you think you’d get along with so their suggestions won’t feel so personal.  Look for a writer with a similar style to yours even if it’s not in your genre.  Find an author who’s a few steps ahead of you in their journey.  The best people to help you are those who’ve walked the path before you.

Good luck on your journeys my fellow newbies!

(Category: Writing.  I give Alex Cavanaugh permission to use this submission for his book)

On a side note, I’m looking for someone who has experience with relational trauma or any kind of addiction (either yourself or a close family member/friend) to critique my self-help book on recovering from a partner’s sex addiction.  

You don’t have to personally identify with sex addiction, just be familiar with recovery work. I have someone helping me with grammar and all that fun stuff, but I want to make sure it’s as helpful as it can be. It’s less than 95 pages.  If you feel you can help, please leave a comment below or email me directly to remain confidential: mock.turtle.musings @  Thank you!