Wednesday, June 3, 2020

What are Writing Secrets?

IWSG: a place where writers and friends share woes or hugs.
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June 3 question - Writers have secrets! What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work?

What? Secrets? Every writer has them? Where have I been!? lol

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Okay, seriously, my secret is that I used to feel so left out of the loop of writerhood, I'd get frustrated at how other writers refused to share their "secrets" with me.

Secrets as in how did they learn how to format an ebook and a print book? How did they get marketing to work for them? Why didn't they ever let me join their critique circles? Why was I always so left out?

One day after that, I had a friend tell me that books are consumable--there is no such thing as really getting ahead of anywriter else. I agreed and yet, I was stuck in this loop where others refused to help.

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Fast forward 8 years and it seems as though everyone has realized the wisdom of the philosophy that books are consumable items and we all need each other!

I learned how to format a print and electronic book, there are writing communities now who are actually willing to share painful experiences as well as the mechanics of problems that arise (such as losing reviews on an existing book when all you want to do is update the cringy story text on Amazon).

Butterfly, Blue, Forest, Fantasy, Woods, Dream, Surreal
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My "writing secret" is that I don't have any; I'm the kind of person who loves to share growing pains with others so that they won't have to suffer. The key is, getting them to actually talk to me--people are too busy being busy.

I know this is probably not what IWSG meant by writerly secrets but there you go.

What are your writing secrets?


  1. Hi,
    I am glad you found a group of writers who are willing to share what they know about publishing. It helps to be able to turn to someone who has experience.
    Wishing you all the best and thanks for being a part of IWSG.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

    1. Hi, Pat! Thank you. Yes, it makes a whole difference to no longer feel alone!

  2. You're not left out of this group. We are here for one another.

  3. I sympathize with your feeling of being left out. Writing is a lonely occupation. I'm from a small town where there are no critique or writer's groups. Thankfully, there is online help. And yes, I finally had to learn to format, too--thanks to uTube videos. Hang in there and Write on!

    1. Judy Ann--yes! I live in a small town as well and there are no groups here as well. I have thought of creating one over at the local library. I'm not sure how many writers are out there but I could see?

  4. I definitely to feel left out of the secret on how to format ebooks. lol But I think I figure it out. At least for something very short. :)

    1. Chrys, I bought Heather Justesen's POD Like a Pro: An Author's Guide to Typesetting and Formatting a Book for Print: Her book is so very "userfriendly". I hope this helps you!! ((hugs))

    2. Oh, formatting ebooks! Well, on Amazon, they have a program you download and just open the file within and it aligns itself. Otherwise, I have no idea.

  5. Elizabeth, when I first started, there was no internet. 1983. If I ran into an real-life author, I sucked their brain dry. Yes, some of them didn't appreciate it. LOL. Now, everything you'll ever want to know is on the net. Hallelujah! I know in light of what's going on in the world, it's easy to forget just how special this planet is. It's good you have secrets. I can't remember mine. LOL.

    1. I'm glad the authors in '83 allowed you to pick their brains dry--I bet the communication was harder to come by! It isn't easy to do so in real-life now--at least for me. :)

  6. I made the mistake the first time I started writing of thinking I could do everything alone. After giving up and starting over a few years later, I have learned that I must reach out and get as much help as I can. I am glad that you are willing to share!

    1. Sometimes going in it alone is the only option but we keep plugging along until we find our tribe who takes us "under their wing".

  7. The one I've been telling is that I'm not nearly as good a writer as you think. If it wasn't for spellcheck and historical / etymological resources, my books would be full of errors. If I ever had to write by hand without my laptop and the internet, I'd be doomed. LOL

    Your post made me think of the page on my blog titled The Snobbish Rules of Fiction.

    I had a different experience with the writer world. I got pulled into blogging right before a platform-building campaign, so there were lots of kind, helpful people visiting my blog and befriending me. Many of those friendships have lasted for years. IWSG is another good place to find support.

    That said, it's difficult for writers who have 'real jobs' to find time to help others, and once we're published, you can multiply that by 100. Seek out a handful of good writing buddies and cultivate those friendships. You'll eventually find the help you need.


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