Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Welcome to the monthly installment of #IWSG

Welcome to the monthly installment of the Insecure Writer's Support Group - #IWSG! Can you hardly believe it's October already! The year is flying by and I wish it would slow down a bit!

The awesome co-hosts for the the October 7 
posting of the IWSG are:

TB Markinson

Tamara Narayan

Shannon Lawrence

Stephanie Faris

Eva E. Solar! 

Be sure to stop by and visit with them!

For a full listing of #IWSG participants, visit here.

I've been thinking about the word courage and what it means and what it takes to invoke it in one's life. 



the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face 
difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear;bravery.
Becoming an author takes an immense amount of courage. It's one thing to write our stories, it's a whole other thing to share our writing with our critique groups and eventually to an editor, agent or publisher. 

To me it's like releasing my children to school for the first time. It's heart wrenching watching our children go off on their own for the first time. Our writing is much like our "babies" being released into the world. Self doubt often creeps in, but don't let it wash away your courage. 

For without courage, your words will never be published. 

Wishing you much courage and success on the roller coaster ride of publishing! 

Don't go yet... Take a gander at the new book trailer for my latest children's book... 

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters

Coming December 2015!!

Pre-order at

Wishing you a grand day!


Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

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A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist


  1. I think courage is doing it whether we're afraid or not. Because often, that never goes away.

  2. Pushing forward when you really want to sit down on the spot is courage to me.

  3. Needed to see this today. I'm really lacking on the courage, but need to/need it.

    - Madilyn Quinn @ NovelBrews

    1. Glad to be of help! Now if I could just listen to these words.

  4. I take baby steps with courage! I've missed some opportunities because of my hesitance, but the good thing about getting older is I can see which chances are worth taking a bit easier. Not that stepping out is easier, but I'm more apt to do that now than when I was younger as far as my creative pursuits. Thanks for the encouragement!

    Here's my October IWSG Post

    1. Good for you! I truly think that once we are comfortable in our own skin it helps with tremendously with courage!

  5. There's a book called "Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway." I've always liked that title.

    1. Love this title and will need to check this book out!

  6. Courage or ignorance - either one will work in this industry. Ignorance in the way that you don't know what you're up for when you reach your goal (not ignorance of the industry.) Whatever keeps you moving forward, right? Congrats on the upcoming book, Donna!

    1. Amen! Thanks for your lovely congratulatory note!

  7. Courage ... it's such a powerful word and concept. I wish I could bottle it every second of the day.

    1. Hmmm, you may be on to something that would be wonderful if we could bottle up courage. We'd make millions.

  8. Courage is an apt word. Each time I have a new book, it's always scary. Maybe not as scary as the first book, but I get nervous and anxious about it. Not going to let that stop me though. =)

    1. I definitely agree with you. Each book whether the first or the fifth is a whole different level of nervousness and courage to overcome it.

  9. You're so right, Donna. It does take courage to write what's in our heart and then send it off into the sometimes cold, cruel world. We are brave because we do it.
    Your forthcoming book looks like a great one.

    1. Hi Bev thanks for your never ending heartwarming words of support. Glad you like my latest picture book, much appreciated. Warmly, Donna

  10. That's a fun trailer! Appropriate that it's about kids being afraid to go to school. :-)

    1. Hi C.D., I'm delighted you like the book trailer. Kim Chatel did a wonderful job! Best, Donna

  11. "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."
    One of my favorite quotes.
    We have to soldier on... and we are blessed with the support of our writerly buddies!
    Congrats on the book!

    1. Michelle, I love this quote! Thanks for visiting and for your heartwarming support! Best, Donna


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