IWSG 43: Inspiration Away From The Group

This post was written for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our encouragement or insecurities on the first Wednesday of the month, to join the group or find out more click here.


OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: As you look back on 2017, with all its successes and failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

Co-Hosts: Julie Flanders,
Shannon Lawrence,
Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner!

Answer: Not much but reflect and be grateful.

I met @DelilahSDawson during SWiC16. She led a workshop on writing first chapters and I’ve been following her ever since. She’s a charming open woman who shares day-to-day life as a professional writer.

The biggest message she has shared to date is: Be brave and take a chance. I played it safe and was rewarded with rejection. So I decided to follow her advice. I wrote a science-fiction mystery that’s way out there.

She teaches by example. Works hard. Shares the whole traditionally-published author experience. Goes to tons of conferences. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve met her or will meet her. Reading her tweets keep me inspired until I get back to all of you.

Which brings me to something very important–you. Thanks for your visits, commets and time. And I hope your future will be filled with boatloads of happiness and success. And I expect many more years ahead with you in my life. I lift my glass to you. Cheers.

In 2018 I’ll be taking the biggest chance of all–submitting to agents. I’ve made a list and I’ve checked it twice. Life seems better since I comminted myself.
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91 responses to “IWSG 43: Inspiration Away From The Group

  1. ‘Be brave and take a chance.’ That’s good advice. Will remember that and be brave this month and the following months to complete and polish my WIPs. And scared or not finally use my agent query list I’ve been adding to for so long, to submit them to next year. ‘Be brave and take a chance.’

    Good luck with your queries. And Happy Holidays!

  2. Reflecting, appreciation and lessons learned is the best approach. Good luck in 2018!

  3. Sounds like you are right on track. Glad everything is going well. I don’t do beta, but I do look forward to reading the book. Oh my…it’s snowing. 🙂
    sherry @ fundinmental

  4. Happy Holidays! Good luck with finding an agent.

  5. I wish you best in finding an agent. They could be very beneficial for a writer’s career, especially the good ones.

  6. Happy Holidays Anna. Hope you have a beautiful one. Wishing you the best of luck always in all your endeavors. Hugs.
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

  7. We only feel truly alive when we take risks!

  8. Good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone! The great thing about looking for an agent is it doesn’t really interfere with your regular writing. I’m making a big change next year, as well. Here’s wishing you a peace-filled holiday season.

  9. Sandra Ulbrich Almazan

    Best of luck to you in 2018!

  10. You’re submitting to agents! What a big step! It’s a get-ready-and-wait game. Rejection is to be expected, and everyone experiences it, so please don’t let it get you down. 🙂 http://www.raimeygallant.com

  11. Submitting is a great way to start the year. Congratulations! It’ll help keep you going during those dreary winter months.

  12. Angela Wooldridge

    Whoop! whoop! whoop! Go you! All the very best with your submissions!!!

  13. I love that. Made a list and checked it twice! Congrats on taking that step. Hope they are all nice – and that none are naughty!

  14. Wonderful, Anna! Good luck to you in the new year, and fingers crossed on those queries! 🙂

  15. Good luck heading into 2018. I’ve never done the query process. It scares me frankly. I have considered at least attempting it with one of the books (if I get them finished) next year.
    Hope all goes well and you land yourself an agent!

  16. All the best with the querying process. What a great thing to focus on in the coming year.

    I love your beta reader form and I’ve signed up 🙂

  17. Phew! Submitting to agents scares the living daylights out of me — but my 2018 goal is to end the year with a novel that I’m ready to do just that with!
    Sending you so much “luck”!!

  18. Good luck with the agent search! It can seem really intimidating, but go in with knowledge about query letters and the agents you’re submitting to, and it will help a lot.

  19. That’s awesome you stepped out of your comfort zone. Good luck and here’s to a grand 2018 for all of us! 🙂

  20. Pushing those boundaries is definitely a way to find excitement and new possibilities. Good for you.

  21. Best of luck in the query trenches!

  22. That’s exactly what I do, reflect and be grateful. It’s amazing how much I see when I sit back and look at what I’ve overcome.
    Wishing you all the best and a successful crossover into 2018.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  23. Good luck with submitting to agents. I’ll cross my fingers for you.

  24. I always say to be brave and just write. 🙂

    Good luck submitting to agents! I wish I could beta read for you, but I do so much editing that I’ve had to stop beta reading. I hope you find wonderful beta readers. Merry Christmas!

  25. Reflect and be grateful. That is something I can get behind 100%

  26. I met and had drinks with Delilah at MileHiCon in Denver a couple years ago. She was informative and intelligent. And the guys lost their minds when they were around her, LOL. Oy.

  27. Delilah–if I’m thinking of the right Delilah–gives wonderful workshops!
    How exciting that you have finished editing and polishing your manuscript. Wishing you much success in finding the right agent.

  28. Debbie Johansson

    That’s great advice and I’m glad it’s working for you. I need to take that advice myself. 😉 Best of luck with the agents! It sounds like you’re off to a good start for the new year.

  29. Kudos for stepping out of that comfort zone! Good luck with editing and here’s hoping to hear some great news 🙂

  30. It’s so difficult to break out of the comfort zone. Good for you for taking a chance. Best wishes on your writing project!

  31. Being brave is SO important in this industry – and something I’m not always very good at. Definitely something I need to work on for 2018! 🙂

  32. Merry Christmas, Anna. I hope all your dreams come true in the new year. And tomorrow, too. Sorry I can’t read for you. I wish I could but I’m already over-extended. How does that happen! Blessings. I hope your agent meets all your expectations.

  33. Happy Christmas, Anna, and sounds like you’re going to have a fab 2018! Committing to sending out to agents is like committing to working harder. Go you!

  34. Best of luck in taking chances, Anna! It sounds like playing it safe hasn’t worked out for you, so maybe this will. Hope you are able to get your book published in the new year!

  35. You always have a great grasp on things. Great advice.
    Best of luck for 2018 and enjoy the holidays!
    Shah – XX

  36. Delilah is awesome! I follow her, too, and have met her at a convention or two. A real straight-talker. @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

  37. Writing from your heart–what you want to write, not what you think others want to read–is always better. Scary, but better.

  38. mlouisebarbourfundyblue

    Hi, Anna! “Be brave and take a chance” is excellent advice for anything in life! I used to to to a major conference for educators every year because it featured many inspirational authors. I’ve got to get back to some conference going. It’s very uplifting! Wishing you success as you search for an agent! Have a great Holiday season with your family and friends!

  39. I love your answer to this month’s IWSG question, Anna. There is no room or use for regrets. Reflection will make us realize what went well (and caused gratitude) or what did not go so well, which we will attempt to improve in 2018. Good idea about that form to gather beta readers! Good luck with the submission process next year (I hope I will get to that point in 2018 as well). You seem to be well-prepared. 🙂 Happy holidays!!

  40. Take a risk. Yep, you have to stick your neck out sometimes to be rewarded. I wrote my first sci-fi romance for fun. I was tired of rejections and wrote it for me. It was my 1st pubbed book. Take that chance. You never know.

  41. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Your words meant a lot. Congratulations on your latest story. I love science fiction and am getting more into mystery every day. I hope you gain lots of interested betas.
    Many blessings as you take on new risks. I too will be taking on some risks in the new year.

  42. Good luck with your agent search! I’m very happy for you, and looking forward to hearing how it goes. Happy holidays.

  43. Good luck with your agent search. Being on submission can be a roller coaster ride of emotions but be brave and go for it. I wish you all the best.

  44. Good luck with your upcoming agent submissions! It can be nerve-wracking. Sounds like you’ve got another project in the works. That’s the best way to pass the time. 🙂

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