IWSG January 2018, Big Announcement!

Quote of the Day: The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes. Agatha Christie

A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. Virginia Woolf

Women have to harness their power. It’s absolutely true. It’s just learning not to take the first no and if you can’t go straight ahead, you go around the corner. Cher

Ideas are easy. It’s the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats. Sue Grafton, 4.24.40-12.28.17 “The alphabet ends with Y.”

IWSG January 2018, Big Announcement!It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. You can also visit the founder Alex J. Cavanaugh for more info and links.

This month is the Big Announcement: the winners of the IWSG Anthology Contest, and I’m one of them!!! Whoo hoo! I got the email right before Christmas, “an early Christmas gift” wrote the contest admin (Alex). I am honored and thrilled to be part of this collection and the wonderful writers who will share the pages with me. It’s my first official fiction publication. My story, One More Minute, will be published with ten more stories in an anthology called Tick Tock: A Stitch in CrimePublication date will be later this Spring. Visit the IWSG site or Alex’s blog to read more details and the list of winners.

IWSG January 2018, Big Announcement!

I took this picture this morning to illustrate my short story, One More Minute.

The Question for this month: What steps have you taken, or plan to take, to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing? 

I need to set aside a certain day and time where I leave the house, take my laptop, and plan to write. It can be a coffee shop (I wrote my first play there), a library, or some other public place. People can be around. I actually like the energy and kind of need it. The house can be too quiet, or distracting because of chores, etc. I need a bit of anonymity. It’s best if I don’t run into people I know real well, because I’m a visitor.

The quotes above give some insight to what I need. When I decided to write a story for this year’s IWSG anthology, with the theme Mystery/Crime/Thriller, I had to walk around with the idea for a while – do the dishes, or other mundane chores – then, go to my room and tap it out. It took about a week to flesh out the story, add details, edit, revise, then finally hit “submit.” But, as my favorite author Sue Grafton says, “It’s the execution of the idea.” I’m so sad to read of her passing. I have been a fan of her alphabet series, and beloved and spicy character Kinsey Millhone, since the mid-1990’s. She inspires me, as do all the strong women who take control of their environment and pursue their dreams.

Go. Create. Inspire! 

And, may 2018 have many wonderful surprises and adventures for you!

Journaling Prompt: What are you looking forward to in 2018?

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  1. Congrats on making the anthology. Unlike you, I need quiet and solitude to write. My arthritis limits how many chores I can do, so other than laundry, I can get a lot of writing done when I need to. Good luck with your plans.

  2. Congrats on your first publication! It’s a great story and will be a great anthology. I prefer quiet to write, but maybe I should try shaking things up too. Hope you have a great writing year this year!

  3. Huge congratulations on the anthology!! I’m also a big fan of Sue Grafton and was sad to hear of her passing. That’s some good food for thought she had about the execution of ideas. All the best for the New Year

  4. Mary, I remember you had Sue’s books in your library at home. I’m sorry to hear of her passing and the loss you feel as well. Her words will remain alive to many. 🙂 And speaking of Alive, wow! Look at the way you’re starting your year! So exciting! I’m so proud of you for hunkering down and making it happen! Woot! Maybe we can celebrate in person, delayed, next time I see you. Enjoy your celebrating and I can’t wait to read it! XOXO

  5. Congratulations on placing in the IWSG Anthology! A great way to start the New Year!

    Wishing you all success with your goals!

    Happy 2018!

  6. Congratulations, Mary! You are such an inspiration. Always. And fiction! So wonderful.
    I look forward to doing much more writing in 2018. And I believe I need some of the same things you do in that regard — taking a notebook or a sheaf of pages and getting out of the house, with maybe a little buzz of activity around me perhaps in a coffee shop or restaurant (not easy for a mostly hermit-type like myself to admit or enact… but what are new years for? if not trying new things, getting to know your whole self a little better, or even stepping off a few cliffs). What a great way to start your year. I am so happy for you!

    • Thanks, Deborah. We’ll find places of inspiration, quiet, or perhaps with just the right amount of energy.

  7. Congrats on the win! That’s so exciting. Do you have a number one favorite place that you like to set up shop and write? Just curious. Anyway, thanks for the post. Happy writing, and happy 2018. May it bring you more publishing success!

  8. Great big applause on your story in the anthology! And I’m going to do more dishes this year after reading Agatha’s quote. She might be on to something.

  9. Hi Mary – that’s wonderful … congratulations on your entry – looking forward to reading it anon. Sounds like you should get writing -has it suits you … but have a great year – cheers Hilary

  10. Congratulations on making it into the Anthology, Mary. I like your approach to generating a winning idea – I must try it…or a version of it.

  11. Congratulations, Mary! I am excited for you, and I look forward to reading your story in the upcoming IWSG anthology!

  12. Congratulations Mary and look forward to reading your work. Happy New Year to you and your family and may all your dreams and goals be realized!

  13. Congratulations Mary on your story making it into the anthology. I’m eager to read all the stories, they all sound so intriguing. Hope you achieve all your writing goals this year.

    Rachna Chhabria
    Co-host IWSG
    Rachna’s Scriptorium

  14. Mary! I just read the news over on Alex’s blog. CONGRATULATIONS! I’m so stinking excited for you! What a wonderful way to ring in the new year. I KNEW you had a great story in you 😀 You’re in for a ride! It was a huge whirlwind for me last year being in the Anthology. Enjoy it! Have fun! And keep writing! Woohoo!!

    Sending you virtual high-fives and hugs,
    Jen

  15. Congratulations on making it into the anthology! It is also my first “juried” publication (I’ve been self-pubbing my books), so I know how you feel!

    I love the quotes at the top of the page. I’ve gotten better at writing at home (no one here most of the time to distract, though that’s changing soon). I’ve come to accept that I will get up and do other things, as long as I keep coming back to the work (aye, there’s the rub!).

    Keep up the good work in 2018!

  16. Congrats on making it into the anthology!
    When I am home alone, i’ve started putting something on in the back ground because you are right things just get tooo quiet

    • Claire, that’s a good idea, too. Although, music an be distracting for me. I’d need just instrumental.

  17. Congrats, Mary! I hope this is just the beginning of a fulfilling and productive year of creative endeavors for you!

  18. The quotes sure are motivational! And you are one fast writer. LOL. I’m so slow and easily distracted. Good luck on making it into the anthology! I’m looking forward to reading your story 🙂

  19. Congrats on your story making it into the anthology! Exciting!!
    What a great start to the new year!
    Happy Writing, Mary! All the best for 2018!

  20. Congrats on getting your story into the anthology, Mary! What an honour. I’m very proud of you.

    I wish I could write among people like you can. Unfortunately, I need complete silence, which can get very lonely for an extrovert. Until I get into the novel and my characters start keeping me company. Then I don’t feel alone at all.

    Happy New Year!

  21. HUGE congrats. I can’t wait to read it! I’m the opposite when it comes to writing. I need to be in my home environment or I get distracted. I leave home to get inspiration, but I stay at home to get anything done.