What is Indie Life?
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When: Post on the second Wednesday of the month (starting 1/9/2013)
What: Write anything indie related: something that will inspire or help a fellow indie; something that celebrates a release or a milestone; something that talks about the ups and downs, joys and heartaches of Being Indie.
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Wow, the months are just flying by!
This month has been a great one for me, my writing is progressing well and I have found new beta readers and another critique partner.
Not boasting or anything(well not much), but I was excited to be a winner in the Thrill of It All Blogfest, hosted by Tara Tyler and Heather M. Gardner. I posted a short excerpt from one of my current WIP's, a sci-fi set in an apocalyptic Sydney, Australia, ten to twenty years in the future.
I encourage new and experienced writers, to enter blogfests and competitions, such as these because they help writers, especially Indie Writers, to gain encouragement from peers while allowing followers to taste your work. Reading the comments left by visitors, gives authors an insight into whether the story being developed will be interesting to others or not. The more positive the feedback you receive, the more your spirit is uplifted, encouraging the continuation of the story to be written.
I think it is important for Indie Writers to have opportunities like these to learn if they are hitting the mark with their writing or not, and if not, be able to work to rectify where needed. We should not feel discouraged by negative comments, but take on the advice and grow from it to improve.
Although I have not received many negative comments, I know how it feels to receive one. I know it is a hard thing to do, but writers should try not to take them personally, but use them as tools to improve their writing.
Indie Writers rely on their network of blogger peers and other followers more than traditional writers to gain feedback on their writing and if they are unwilling to take on comments received, to improve their work where necessary, I believe they will stagnate and not grow.