Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The Insecure Writers Support Group


It’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, hosted by one of the nicest bloggers in the world, Alex J. Cavanaugh. He just might be the most popular, too.

Monday’s post was all about my Christmas gift, the Dragon Naturally Speaking software. I am still loving it! It has made such a difference in my desire to write. Because that desire has been absent for a very long time.

Becoming an author is something I dreamed about since I held a newly released paperback of McCaffrey’s The White Dragon. I have hundreds of short stories I wrote during the next ten years and a complete novelette stashed in boxes. It wasn’t until ten years ago that I attempted to write a complete novel, inspired by just the wisp of a dream. That one novel soon became my series of five, The Circle of Friends, and I eventually wrote a non-fiction book, too.

Once I’d finished book V of my series, I lost some steam. My sixth book, I was very happy with the story and felt it was my best effort to date. After its release almost two years ago though, my drive to continue writing fiction fizzled and died. It was so much work to write and promote and it just didn’t sell as well as non-fiction. Of course, my desire to write non-fiction wasn’t faring much better.

That Dragon program has really made a difference. I have a non-fiction book I am editing, and since it is about publishing & promoting, I need to hurry and complete it before everything in the industry changes again. But with the new software, I am so excited!

And I might be brave enough to tackle another fiction book, too. The past few months have seen a large increase in the sales of my series in eBook form. That’s always a good ego boost!

Either way, I am happy about writing again. Although there are still other aspects about this industry I enjoy, too. But that is for another post.

26 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad the program inspired you again!

Liza said...

So glad that you've returned to the elemental level...the joy of writing. Wishing you days of pleasure in doing so, as well as more "authorial" success.

DL Hammons said...

I'm happy you're eager to write fiction again also! YAY!! :)

Theresa Milstein said...

It's interesting to hear your writing journey.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I bought the Dragon program yesterday and am enjoying it so far! Thanks for the tip.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Can one get The Dragon Programme in the UK? it's sounds good.

Yvonne.

Cherie Reich said...

I'm glad you found new inspiration!

Sometimes writing a different way can really help. I've been trying my hand at writing longhand for a novelette. It's interesting, and I still think I prefer typing (not much on speaking words aloud), but it's helping me write a story I don't know how it ends.

Now, I really wish they could create a device that can take thoughts and write them down. That would be brilliant.

Kristin Rae said...

Yay for inspiration! I'm going to have to read your post about this Dragon program.

Happy New Year!! :)

Tasha Seegmiller said...

So happy you found the motivation and desire to continue with the fiction. Thanks for sharing - new follower :)

LD Masterson said...

Enjoy!

Anne Gallagher said...

Good for you. It's nice to be able to find something that inspires you again.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Sounds like a cool program!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Elizabeth, I'm thrilled you are enjoying it. I wasn't sure at first, but the more I use it, the more I like it.

Yvonne, I don't know.

Cherie, just like the movie Brainstorm? I'd like a program like that.

Karen Walker said...

Yippee, Diane. So glad you are glad.
Karen

KarenG said...

I don't know about this software, must check it out!

Southpaw said...

That's such great news. I've been looking at it and it is now on my wish list. I mean my brain works faster than I can type. :P

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I really want to learn more about that program but not until I get a newer computer. Glad the fires are burning again.

Jules said...

I guess for once I'm with the group... you'll need to do a post on this program. But being happy with what one does is the true key to success. :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Helen Ginger said...

I, for one, am glad you're back to writing. I'm waiting for the debut of your book on publishing and promoting.

Donna Hole said...

How exciting to find that writing drive again. I lose it for short bursts too; but I haven't written nearly as much as you.

I hope your novels start selling well again.

Good luck with the new program. Sounds like you're having fun with it.

........dhole

Enid Wilson said...

It's good you find your steam again. Soldier on!

The Spinster’s Vow

Clarissa Draper said...

Thanks to your post about that software, I've been really thinking of getting it. Hope your non-fiction work goes well. Keep us informed.

Chantele Sedgwick said...

I loved your books. I'm so glad you're writing again!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Thank you, Chantele!

Lynn said...

So interesting to hear how technology has inspired you to write again!

Stephen Tremp said...

Glad to hear of the increase in esales. This certainly will give the ego a good boost. Best wishes to you in 2012 regardless of the path you take!