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FEARING REJECTION, by DeAnn Sicard, first appeared on All Day, All Night Writing Divas

I recently read an article on “fear of rejection”. The writer focused on how to overcome rejection in a social situation. I read every word and found myself quaking in my shoes, just contemplating doing a few of the things she suggested.

Since I have a fear of meeting new people and making a total fool of myself, I wanted to panic, bury my head in a drawer of old mismatched socks and ignore any of the suggestions she made. But something held me back. Something spoke to me. Something beyond the need to break out of my self-imposed shell.

This writer could have been talking about my writing as easily as she was talking about getting a social life. What about you? Do you have the same fears?

How often do you avoid writing? Maybe you tell yourself you just don’t have time to write. Do you feel writing the story that lingers in your mind, whispering to you late at night, is useless? Nobody would want to read your work. Or maybe you don’t see yourself as having the talent, the gift of writing. You know, like all those successful writers.
Do you feel hopeless, as if writing is a waste time? Do you waver back and forth about pursuing your dream of being published?

You are not alone.

Seriously, you are suffering these fears with the masses. Every writer out there (okay, there may be ONE writer out there, who has never experienced this fear, not likely though) spends hours, days, weeks, even years in fear of what others will think of their work. The difference between many of them and many of us is that they willing face that fear head on. They write through the fear. On top of that, they are willing to send their work out for other writers to critique and submit to editors for possible publication. You need to adjust this way of thinking.

Do you want to face your fears? Do you want that story out of your head and down on paper? Do you want to be published?

Only you can make the decision to go forward. You don’t have to do it alone, though.

1. Step out of your comfort zone–take a chance.

2. If you are not part of a critique group, join one.

3. Look for a mentor–someone willing to listen to your fears. Let them push you past your fears.

4. Write a goal list, for your writing. As part of this list, add a section for failures achieved. Why? So that you can mark off everything you’ve learned along the way.

5. Look at writing as growing process. By changing your perspective of failure, you’ll note that each lesson learned makes you stronger and more skilled as a writer, moving you one-step closer to achieving your dream.

6. ALWAYS, remember the difference between defeat and success is PERSERVERENCE.

Failing is not failure.

As Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

DeAnn Sicard


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SAID part 4

This is the last of the words to replace SAID in your writing.
Sorry for the long delay in posting this list. It seems I lost my word lists. No clue how, but all my Word List files went poof. So I have slowly, (and I do mean slowly) been rebuilding them.
In the coming weeks watch for my next list of words This one will be the BASIC words for the human body. I’m still working on the other topics. Can’t wait to post them for you.

Have fun writing–DeAnn.

Quarreled Queried Questioned
Quibbled Quipped Quizzed
Quoted
Raggedly Railed Rallied
Rambled Ranted Rapped
Rasped Rattled on Raved
Reaffirmed Reasoned Reassured
Rebuffed Rebutted Recapitulated
Reciprocated Recited Recommended
Recounted Reechoed Reeled off
Referred Reflected Refused
Refuted Regretted Rehearsed
Reiterated Rejoiced Rejoined
Related Relented Remarked
Reminded Remonstrated Renounced
Repeated Repented Rephrased
Replied Reported Retracted
Returned Revealed Reviewed
Rhapsodized Ridiculed Roared
Ruled Rumored
Sanctioned Sang Scoffed
Scolded Scowled Screamed
Screeched Scrutinized Seconded
Shouted Shrieked Sighed
Slandered Slobbered Slurred
Smile Snapped Snarled
Sneered Sniggered Sniveled
Snorted Snuffled Sobbed
Softly Solicited Soliloquized
Specified Speculated Spewed
Spieled off Spoke Spouted
Sputtered Squawked Squeaked
Squealed Squelched Stammered
Stated Stipulated Stormed
Stressed Stumbled Stuttered
Submitted Suggested Summoned
Supposed Swore
Talked Tattled Taunted
Teased Tee-heed Testified
Thought Threatened Thundered
Tittered Told Transmitted
Trumpeted Twitted Twittered
Understated Upbraided Urged
Uttered
Vended Vented Ventriloquized
Ventured Verbalized Vociferated
Voiced Volunteered Vouchsafed
Vowed
Wackety-yakked Wailed Warbled
Warned Went on Wept
Wheezed Whiffled Whimpered
Whined Whispered Whistled
Whooped Wished Wondered
Worded Wrangled
Yakked Yapped Yawned
Yawped Yelled Yelped
Yielded

SPOTLIGHT on Bobbie Cole

This author is an inspiration to us all. Her achievements are many and her love for the written word is evident in all the work she produces. I admire her and cherish her guidance. She is the driving force behind many writers, me included. Below is a Thanksgiving note from her, please take a few minutes to get to know Bobbie Cole (Sunny to all those that love her). Don’t forget to check out her work!

Thanksgiving Letter

My Wake-Up Call

My thanks to agent Ruth Cohen eons ago for my first rejection letter when I submitted ALL the mistakes a beginner possibly could. 146, single-spaced pages, football hero, sex by page 43, with a copyright since my writing partner and I were positive someone would steal that wonderful schlock.

Ruth kindly praised our writing but suggested we read a few romances or consider writing mystery, and she asked if either of us had recently gone through a divorce (we both had), because, as she put it…Your hero is a bastard.

That was about 60 short stories and 50 books ago. God bless the Ruth Cohens and Kate Duffys of the publishing industry. I owe them big time! And my thanks to friend Liz, who got me off my butt and proved that a book–albeit a bad one– could be written in two days.

Sunny, who writes as
Bobbie Cole & Lyn Cash
~ laughs & love in every book ~

http://authorlyncash.blogspot.com/

Just a few titles under Bobbie Cole
Memories of You (GoodReads.com and Amazon.com)
Leaving Mama (GoodReads.com and Amazon.com)
La Bella Luna (GoodReads.com and Amazon.com)

Here are a few titles under Lyn Cash
Just Desserts (Ellora’s Cave)
Mistress Mine
Ring of Seduction (Ellora’s Cave)

SPOTLIGHT on the highly talented Linda Kage

The youngest of eight children, Linda grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest. She now lives in Kansas with her husband, daughter and nine cuckoo clocks, where she works as a full time librarian assistant in an academic library. She writes adult and young adult romance, and is thrilled to be able to share some of her stories with other romance enthusiasts who always appreciate a happy ending. Find out more about her at her website, http://lindakage.com/, or blog, http://lindakage.blogspot.com/.
Linda Kage books released this year:
A Man for Mia (sweet adult romance)
Kiss it Better (spicy adult romance)
Coming soon…
The Right to Remain Mine (spicy adult romance)
The Best Mistake (spicy adult short romance)
The Color of Grace (young adult romance)

Not a lot of people know Linda also writes short erotic romance stories under the name Miranda Stowe, her family included, because those stories can make some readers, HER included!, uncomfortable in their explicitness. But if you’d like to know more about the naughtier side of her writing, you can visit Miranda’s blog/website at http://mirandastowe.blogspot.com/.

Miranda Stowe’s book released this year:
Best Friends Share Everything (menage)
Caught in Heat (paranormal shapeshifter)
Mile High Service (interracial)
Dreams of Wolf (paranormal shapeshifter)
Taken by a Killer (romantic suspense)
Coming soon…
Saved From a Killer (romantic suspense)
Framed as a Killer (romantic suspense)

SAID–part 3

This is part 3 of the words list to take the place of SAID in your writing. We only have 179 more words to go in this list. Have fun.

faked faltered feared
figured flirted flouted
formulated foretold fumed
gabbed gasped giggled
gloated gossiped granted
greeted grieved grilled
grinned groaned groped
groveled growled grumbled
grunted gushed
haggled hailed harangued
harped hedged held
hemmed hesitated hinted
hissed hollered hoped
howled hummed humphed
imagined imitated imparted
implied implored improvised
impugned indicated inferred
informed injected inquired
insinuated insisted instructed
insulted interceded interjected
interpolated interposed interrogated
interrupted intimated intonated
intoned introduced invoked
jabbered jeered jested
jibed joked judged
justified
lamented lashed out laughed
lied lisped listed
maintained mandated mediated
mentioned mimed mimicked
minced misconstrued misquoted
misstated moaned mocked
moralized mouthed mulled over
murmured mused muttered
negated nagged narrated
needled negotiated noted
notified
objected observed opined
opposed orated ordered
overstated
panted pantomimed paraphrased
parleyed parroted peeped
persisted persuaded petitioned
piped up pleaded pled
pledged pointed out pondered
posited praised prated
prattled prayed predicted
preached pried probed
proceeded proclaimed professed
prompted pronounced prophesied
proposed propounded protested
proved publicized pursued

SPOTLIGHT on Misty Dietz

Misty Dietz is a glass half-full type of girl who enjoys meeting new people, learning new things, reading, writing, and teaching Zumba. She was Latina in a former life. Some in her family call her Disney. She’s ok with that. She recently completed a dark, sexy suspense, and is excited to get to work plotting a paranormal romantic suspense series. The goal of her blog, The Write Enchilada, is to get people thinking or to give them specific, concrete tips to try in their own writing

Go visit her blog, You’ll love what you find and much more.

http://www.mistydietz.wordpress.com

Words to Replace Said, part 2

This list is all about words that can be used to replace the word he/she SAID (part 2) in your writing.
This group covers the B,C,D and E words to use as substitutes for SAID. Hope you can find some use for this list (115 words) when it comes to tightening and strengthening your writing.

babbled bantered bargained
barked bawled began
begged belittled bellowed
bemoaned beseeched bickered
bid blabbed blabbered
blared blasted blurted
boasted boomed bragged
breathed brooded burst
cajoled called cautioned
chaffed challenged chanted
charged chatted chattered
chewed out chided chimed
chirped chortled chuckled
cited claimed clamored
coaxed commanded commented
communicated complained complied
conceded concluded concurred
condescending confessed confided
confirmed consented contemplated
contended contested continued
contradicted conversed conveyed
cooed corroborated counseled
countered cracked cried
criticized crowed cursed
debated decided declaimed
declared decreed defended
deliberated demanded demurred
denied denounced deposed
described desperately dictated
differed directed disagreed
discussed disputed divulged
doubted drawled driveled
droned echoed elaborated
eluded emitted emphasized
encouraged endorsed enjoined
enounced entreated entrusted
enunciated estimated exclaimed
explained exploded exposed
expounded expressed
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