Writing cringe-worthy material and hitting publish anyway

A writing friend of mine wrote a little story the other day and shared it with me with the words “don’t laugh”. (I laughed… 😃 ) He isn’t currently publishing anywhere so there is no link.

Immediately after I read it (and lol-ed), I was so inspired I typed out a related story into my Evernote app. But before I decided to publish it on some platform, I hesitated. The content is a little cringe-worthy, truth be told (but relatable to so many of us).

Still, I dithered and dilly-dallied. It took the same friend to encourage me to get over myself and post it despite the cringe-worthy content.

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Some thoughts about my self-publishing journey

Did you know my book is available on the KOBO website?

I knew my book would be distributed to KOBO by Smashwords, my self-publishing platform of choice (for now), but I didn’t know much about them (KOBO that is). I didn’t know, for instance, that KOBO distributes to over 190 countries, or that KOBO controls 25% of the Canadian ebook market. Huh. 🇨🇦

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Unpublished author: the working life of a writer

I have 2 questions:

  1. Do you know anyone who has a Patreon?
  2. Do you follow/support anyone with a Patreon?

I’m just curious what people like you and me, bloggers who write and engage for the sake of storytelling, think or know about Patreon. Continue reading “Unpublished author: the working life of a writer”

Writing progress

As some of you know, I am still She-Shed-less and in dire need of privacy, peace, solitude and a distraction-free space to call my own. As some of you also know, I escaped to mom’s. She has that, and more. ❤ Which is why I can now write a blog post about actual, physical proof that I did something writing related that is not a blog post. Hah.

Yesterday, I submitted a story I wrote years ago to a celebrated online magazine. Continue reading “Writing progress”

NOT writing books during NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth

About a year and a half ago I started writing a memoir. I wrote it like I was possessed, the words flowing out of my head and onto my screen without too much trouble.

I didn’t edit. I didn’t re-read. I just wrote it out.

Then I stopped.

I worried. Why can’t I continue? Why am I stuck now, after such a strong start? Continue reading “NOT writing books during NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth”