Wednesday, July 4, 2012

I See London, I See France, I See Candilynn's July IWSG Post

Happy 4th of July everyone & welcome to my IWSG July post!

Alex J. Cavanaugh hosts the Insecure Writers Support Group, with a monthly check-in, allowing writers from around the globe to express their writing fears, woes, joys, and triumphs. From novice writers, established authors, to everyone in between, the IWSG has it all. Need support? Join us! Insecure Writers Support Group

***Don't forget to check back by on Friday evening for my next Follow My Lead Contest!

As for my July writing insecurity, I'll let you in on a little secret.

Ladies, have you ever been caught with your skirt tucked in your panties? Gentlemen, how about realizing your zipper's wide open. Those types of fears sum up how I felt this week when I submitted (for a copy edit) my first 50 pages of a (buries head) Romantic Mystery I dug out of the closet.

As Cassie Mae so eloquently giggled on my FB page, "I see London, I see France..." ~Cassie, I laughed for hours yesterday after reading your comment! Thanks for the chuckles about my underpants showing. :))

I'm not ashamed, per say, to admit I'm writing a romantic story, it's more about the hilarious notion that I, little ole' Candy, thinks she can actually write one!!! I know. Laugh out loud, right?

In my mind, I'm comparing my wip story (now, ducking head into dark hole) to the wonderfully crafted & roll-on-the-floor-clutching-sides funny, Stephanie Plum series. For those of you who haven't had the pleasure of reading Janet Evanovich's books, they're wildly sexy, and I get a stitch in my sides from laughing so hard. *See bottom of post.

You're right, what in the heck am I thinking? I'll never come within a thousand yards of J.E.'s kind of romance or humor.

I'm proud to say, I've signed up for Denise and Donna's Romantic Friday Writers group. Maybe I can practice dishing up a few saucy stories. :))

C'mon, IWSG members, what are your insecurities this month? Don't have any? That's fabulous! Feel free to offer up a bit of advice for your pal who thinks she can write romance!

P.S. Here are a few super-great links to help your writing along:

Every once in a while, a writer must break a few rules. Here's a great post about using your adverbs fearlessly.


From the fabulous Kristen Lamb, why make your heroes / heroines flawed:


And Kristen's, 5 Blunders to bore your readers:


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If you're interested in reading the Stephanie Plum series, start with One for the Money, and then, rent the movie on DVD, which released Jan. 2012.
Quote from a Stephanie Plum novel
“Babe," Ranger said. "You're looking a little strung out. Is there anything I should know?"
"I'm on a sugar withdrawal. I've given up desert and it's all I can think about." That had been true five minutes ago. Now that Ranger was standing in front of me I was thinking a cupcake wasn't what I actually needed.
"Maybe I can help you get your mind off doughnuts," Ranger said.
My mouth dropped open, and I think some drool might have dribbled out. Janet Evanovich

29 comments:

  1. If you enjoy writing romance, go for it and be proud!

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    1. I couldn't agree more, Alex. Writing should be something you enjoy doing above all else.

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    2. Awe, thanks Alex! Somehow I needed to hear that today. ;)

      Mama J, I am having a blast, so that's a good thing, right?

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  2. Romance, danger, and laughs ... who wouldn't be drawn to a story that had those elements? You can do this: one paragraph at a time. Have fun with it, and your readers will, too.

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    1. Your comment makes me smile, Roland. My CP told me last year I should keep up with this ms. She'll get a kick out of me dragging it out of the closet.

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  3. That is great that you are branching out as a writer. Its okay to be uncomfortable in a new area. That is how we grow. It is when we are comfortable that static apathy sets in.
    That quote from Stephanie Plum made me laugh. Food imagery is always good.

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    1. Thanks, James!

      There is a ton of food imagery in the series, which makes it all the more savory. :)

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  4. I just finished reading my first romance novel and I do say it could become a new guilty pleasure. I'm sure you'll get some great feedback on the pages you submitted, but I do know how scary it is. :)

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    1. Yes, they can become quite addicting as well.

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  5. Write something you would like to read. Don't wait too long to get your hero and heroine together (as in their first meeting). And don't picture your mom reading your love scenes if you ever want to write a good one. LOL I love romance, so I'm cheering you on. Write away...

    Good luck. :)
    IWSG #288

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! For the tips and the cheers. :))

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  6. "You're right, what in the heck am I thinking? I'll never come within a thousand yards of J.E.'s kind of romance or humor. " You only won't if you think you won't... does that make sense? I hope it does... anyway, keep cracking at it and I bet you can make just as good humor, if not better!

    As for IWSG, I had a little fit this month due to some work stress. Getting over it...but man, that was one sour blog I posted, I tell you what! ;)

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    1. Headed your way, IWSG sister.

      Btw, thanks for the advice above. You're so right. If I keep telling myself it'll suck, it will!

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  7. I walked out with my skirt tucked in my panties last May...and I survived! Knuckle bump from fellow romance writer. Yaa-ha a trail buddy in the sea of YA!

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  8. I'm only up to my first three chapters in my romance novel (with a dab of mystery). I worry about whether anyone will like, trying to work on the conflict and suspense as well as make my main characters likable. Great IWSG post....

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  9. Romance stories are great. Don't most of them follow a formula? Debbie Macomber is a good romance writer too, if you're interested. Go for it! If you've got the "desire" (double entendre)you should do it. I hope you continue to post how it's all working out!

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    1. @Elizabeth, oh my! I'm sorry to have dragged up a bad memory, but I'm glad you survived. Thanks for the knuckle bump. ;)

      Donna, I'm so glad we've connected on FB and also Twitter. :p Stop by anytime or message me on one of the other sm sites. Let me know your progress!

      Katie, I believe they do follow a formula. I'm not much of a step-by-step instruction kinda gal. But, I'll definitely look into the standard format, as I wouldn't want to stray too far out of the lines. :)

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  10. Don't ever doubt your ability to write. You should write whatever makes you happy, romance or otherwise. The 2 biggest selling genres are YA and, you got it, romance! So don't be embarrassed. Be proud.

    Thanks for the follow back. Hope to see you around!

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  11. Congrats on submitting your story! :)

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  12. It's good to laugh about errors. Everybody makes them. As Nancy said, write what makes you happy! Thanks for all the good links. I follow Kristen as well. She's awesome!

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  13. Congrats on subbing! And don't doubt your abilities. I haven't read Stephanie Plum series, but I'll be checking her out.

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  14. Congratulations on submitting your story Candilynn. Also thanks for following RomanticFridayWriters and I hope you do write for us. Looking forward to it. It's a great way to hone those flash fiction skills. I'm hoping to write for your competition this month.

    Denise

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  15. Laura, Thank you very much! Glad you enjoyed the links. :)

    Cherie, Thanks! The Stephanie Plum series has been one of my favorites. :)

    Denise, I'm looking forward to writing for RFW. I'd love for you to enter the contest. :)

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  16. Thanks for the links! I started off with 5 blunders that could bore your readers. Really helpful info! :) Congrats on submitting your story. I bet it's better than you think--we are our own worst critics!

    Also, I've nominated you for a blog award, and it will officially be up this Friday. Thanks so much for your support with my IWSG post last week! I love the group; everyone's been so awesome and positive. :)

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  17. Hey there. Well, I'm feeling pretty insecure about my next lesson in Holly Lisle's "How to Revise your Novel" course - I have issues with writing longhand, which means that I'm going to have to improvise and figure out a way of completing this lesson that works for me. But I'm also excited!

    I'm looking for some ninja writers to interview for my Ninja spotlight series. If you're interested, go to http://kelworthfiles.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/im-looking-for-a-few-good-ninjas/ to find out more!

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  18. Much thanks to you, Jennifer for the blog award!! I'm embarrassed to admit, I've got several I need to do a post on. Hopefully, I can get my blog award post done and published come this Monday. :)

    Chris, I'm headed over to your blog now!

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  19. Congrats on the writing, personally writing a romance would be something I am not sure I could accomplish. This would definitely be a biggy on my insecurity scale. I love romances and give props to those who do write them and Can't wait to hear more on your's!

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