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A Writer's Voice Has Power by Hannah Haney

I was absolutely petrified when I began writing for Writer’s Digest’s Guide to Literary Agents blog. This blog has around 300,000 page views a month and I didn’t even have my college degree yet. I was pretty confident that I was entirely unqualified to write not just one post, but a column. A column implies regularity. A column means more than one post. I loved the idea of finding lessons about writing in some of my favorite books, but how could I give advice to writers, when I barely considered myself a writer? There was no way I was in a position to do this task.
 
I was shaking when the first installment was published. Chuck Sambuchino, manager of the GLA blog, was going to tell me that it sucked or that I just wasn’t cut out for it and we should let it drop. A reader was going to notice that I wasn’t really a writer and call me out. I braced myself for angry Twitter comments and emails from people accusing me of giving impractical advice. Oddly enough, the opposite happened. My column was a relative success. I didn’t have thousands of page views and I didn’t go viral, but I did get some page views and people were really receptive to what I had to say.
 
Chuck told me that he wanted me to keep writing these columns. I was still a little stunned. Even if I don’t write regularly or haven’t been published loads of times, my voice still matters. I am still a writer. I have things worth saying. My voice has power. And with every column I write, I believe that just a little bit more.

 

Hannah Haney is a regular contributor to the GLA blog 
and to Writer’s Digest. She is the Managing Editor for Relief Journal 
and has been published in The Cincinnati Enquirer and Writer’s Digest. 
You can follow her on Twitter or on her blog.
 


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The next Insecure Writer's Support Group Day will be on July 6th.

QUESTION: What's the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

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Karma and the Writer by Joylene Nowell Butler
 
If you make an action with your body, or your thoughts, or your emotion, it is called karma. Karma is not fate, but it is powerful.
 
One day an author asked how he could increase his subscribers. He'd read all the how-to-succeed columns, promoted his book regularly, emailed a newsletter often, created quality content on his blog, and had a few loyal followers. Yet, his numbers weren't growing.
 
"Do you visit blogs in your genre?" he was asked.
 
"No."
 
"When someone visits your blog, do you reciprocate by visiting theirs and leaving a comment?"
 
"I don't have time for that," he said.
 
"Then your numbers will not grow."
 
A writer joined an online group, received numerous critiques for her first three chapters, then without repaying quit.
 
Another writer had his manuscript critiqued by a budding writer, thanked her, but when asked to counter said he was too busy.
 
These acts constituted bad karma because they were deliberate acts. "As one acts, so does one become."
 
As a writer, you understand cause and effect. The Law of Karma states your thoughts and actions carry energy. Whatever you do will come back to you.
 
Learn from your past.



NEW
IWSG Day Feature!

Every month we'll announce a new question that members can answer in their next IWSG Day post. This feature will get us all to share advice and personal experiences. The first question is for July 6th.

JULY 6TH QUESTION: What's the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

Add this question and your answer to your July 6th IWSG Day post. We can't wait to read your answers!
HELPFUL ARTICLES:

First Draft:
Done is Better Than Perfect When It Comes to First Drafts

- Avoid this Plotting Pitfall When Writing Drafts at Speed
- 7 Ways to Finish Your Story
- 12 Tips for Improving Your Descriptions 

Writing:
- 10 Writing Lessons I Learned From Interviewing 30 Bestselling Authors
- Writing Lessons From The Masters

- What Comes Before You Start Writing: Premise, Execution, World
- Five Quick Ways to Warm Up Your Brain before Writing

Self-Publishing:
I Need A Publisher - No, You Don't
5 Mistakes Self Published Authors Make in 2016
- Why Fiction Authors Benefit From Indie Publishing
Self Publishing a Children's Picture Book

Myths:
-
The Myth About Print Coming Back
- Shattering the #1 Book Promo Myth
- Do You Need a Literary Agent
- 9 Myths of Being a Published Author



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There are 10 genres for you to choose from. Please vote only once. Voting starts today and ends on July 8th. VOTE HERE The theme will be revealed after the genre is chosen.

NOTE: Our first anthology was science-fiction, so you'll notice sci-fi is not an option.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
 
Ken Rahmoeller AKA Chemist Ken is a fantasy author, chemist, lover of all things Hogwarts, and a devoted IWSG member. He blogs about what he's going through as a writer, and every Friday he shares a list of awesome writing links that any writer would find helpful. This feature has over 120 volumes! 

He blogs at My Hogwarts Sabbatical
Trusting Your Voice by L.G. Keltner

You want to write a story, and though you have an idea in mind, you’re worried.  You want to write something original, and you’ve seen authors blasted for using old ideas.  As much as you love your idea, you hesitate because you can see how it resembles other works.  What should you do?

It’s been said there are no new ideas out there and all you can do is come up with new ways of using them.  There’s some truth in this.  Finding ways to twist existing tropes will take you a long way in telling a gripping tale, but the most valuable tool in your arsenal is your voice.

Though many stories share common themes and ideas, they are each made unique by the author that tells them.  When you write a story, each choice you make sets your work apart in some way.  The descriptions you choose, the parts you focus on, and the way you write your characters shape your authorial voice.  Two writers can tell stories with similar elements, but they won’t be the same.

You can spin tales like no one else. Trust your voice.  Use it.

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