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#IWSG–Another bad first draft or the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?

01 Jun

writers groupThis post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out). The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears, or words of encouragement for fellow writers.

This month’s insecurity – “Not with a bang but a whimper”.

TS Elliot’s “The Hollowman” was one of my favorite poems growing up, and this line still sticks with me:

Not with a bang but a whimper.

He wrote it to describe the end of the world, that we will not go out in a blaze of glory, but a dribble of meaninglessness. Right now, I’m praying that my imminent book launch is a road to … somewhere… not a dead end,  that it’s the answer to my dreams rather than just another bad first draft, that the ending is meaningful, not just where I ran out of things to say. If self-publishing is “learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss” (I’ve rephrased Douglas Adams), I so hope I miss.

Thoreau made the observation, “Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.” I hope To Hunt a Sub is fish free.

Any words of encouragement to get me through this?

More IWSG articles:

Should I do AtoZ Next Year?

Is NaNoWriMo Important if I Don’t Care About the Word Count?

Why do I get so few sales through Google Play?


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her book at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, will be out this summer. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.


 
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  1. Susan GourleyNo Gravatar

    June 1, 2016 at 10:57 am

    You made me smile with your quotes. Fish in the milk indeed. That’s how my current project feels.

     
    • Jacqui MurrayNo Gravatar

      June 1, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      That Thoreau–what a guy. I didn’t know he had a sense of humor until I read that quote.

       
  2. PatsyNo Gravatar

    June 2, 2016 at 9:09 am

    You’ll never write something which pleases everyone, but if you can write something which pleases you and which you know is the best you can make it, then you’ll have done well.

     
  3. Alexia ChamberlynnNo Gravatar

    June 2, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Launches can be stressful! Just do your best, and keep building upon what you have. Remember to have fun 🙂

     
    • Jacqui MurrayNo Gravatar

      June 3, 2016 at 6:12 am

      Thanks, Alexia. That’s pretty much what I do. Don’t know any other approach.

       
 
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