The Insecure Writer’s Support Group ~ No#29

Welcome to the IWSG post. This is a place where writers can come together and express doubts/concerns and offer assistance/guidance… the ultimate writers' support structure. For more info go HERE.

 Today the awesome co-hosts are Mark Koopmans, Joylene Nowell Butler, Elsie, and Lisa Buie-Collard!


At the moment, I'm busy with editing of my short pieces. I'm not going into too much detail here.

All I want to say is that I'm working with the most AMAZING creative editor! He is breathing LIFE into my pieces… 

With regards to flow, how to economize your words and create an atmosphere, he is the master craftsman.

Oh, and we all know him as the Blurb King! Check out his services when you have a moment…

                                            I RECOMMEND...

Now I'm off to visit a few IWSG'ers!



  1. Mary Aalgaard on May 7, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I'm excited for you, and that you found a creative editor. Ya Hoo!


  2. C. Lee McKenzie on May 7, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Yay for both you and Michael! I love it when you collaborate and come up with something better by doing so.

    Let's see those shorts! 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on May 8, 2014 at 5:50 am

      They have improved tremendously since being thrust under the expert eye of the Blurb King!  🙂

  3. Donna B. McNicol [@dbmcnicol] on May 7, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I can sense your excitement – way to go!!


    D.B. McNicol
    <a href="">Romance & Mystery…writing my life</a>

    • Michelle Wallace on May 8, 2014 at 5:51 am

      It's exciting to see the pieces "grow" and begin to sparkle…

  4. Alex J. Cavanaugh on May 7, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    You are working with one if the best then!!

  5. Charity Bradford on May 7, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Wonderful! It's always nice to see progress and know that the work is getting better. 

    • Michelle Wallace on May 8, 2014 at 5:52 am

      It's such a feeling of accomplishment… and satisfaction too…

  6. L. Diane Wolfe on May 7, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    That's wonderful that you are working with Michael.

  7. Lucinda W. on May 7, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I can relate to that- my novel is with an awesome editor right now, and I can't way to see her comments.

  8. joylene on May 7, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Happy for you, Michelle. You sound excited. Keep us posted. 

  9. Diane Burton on May 7, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    How exciting to work with someone who makes you a better writer. Congrats.

  10. Elizabeth on May 8, 2014 at 1:09 am

    What a treat to work with someone who can really help you move forward. Get as much as possible out of your time together. 

  11. J.L. Campbell on May 8, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Sounds like things are going good, Michelle. Well done.

    • Michelle Wallace on May 8, 2014 at 5:56 am

      Hey Joy, it's moving along… slowly, but surely… 🙂

  12. Emily R. King on May 8, 2014 at 2:10 am

    Sounds like you and Michael make a great duo!

    • Michelle Wallace on May 8, 2014 at 5:58 am

      He's the right person for my project, and very good at what he does. Hope you're well Emily? Nice to hear from you!

  13. Julie Musil on May 8, 2014 at 2:32 am

    Isn't it amazing how another set of eyes can make all the difference? I'm so glad your editor has made your work shine.

  14. Juneta on May 8, 2014 at 3:43 am

    Very exciting.  You made grin.  So glad it is going so well for you.

    Happy Writings,

    Juneta at <a href="">Writer's Gambit</a>


    • Michelle Wallace on May 8, 2014 at 6:03 am

      I'm glad I could put a smile on your face. Welcome to my place Juneta! Nice to meet you.

  15. Krystal Jane on May 8, 2014 at 6:43 am

    It's always such a great feeling things are going well. A good creative genius really makes a difference. ^_^

    • Michelle Wallace on May 8, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      Yes, things are moving along nicely for now… 🙂 But you never know when you can hit those snags…

  16. Celine on May 8, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Oh fantastic, great to hear you've found a good editor – that can make all the difference! Best of luck with that!

    • Michelle Wallace on May 8, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks Celine! It's opened my eyes… and made a huge difference in how I perceive my work… it's so true that every writer needs another pair of eyes… or two or three pairs of eyes… 🙂

  17. LD Masterson on May 8, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I knew Michael for his blurbs and intros. Didn't realize he was an editor, too. Very Cool.

  18. Doreen McGettigan on May 8, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I do believe finding and keeping a good editor is the magic bean for us writers.
    Good luck!

  19. Michael Di Gesu on May 8, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Hey, Michelle,

    So thrilled you're happy with the edit! I'll be jumping back into them in a few, I just wanted to stop by and say hi….

    WOW. I'm very honored to be working with you on your shorts and I'm so glad you are enjoying this process. It does get a bit hairy at times, but your finished project will be amazing… 

    Thanks for your kind words… I am humbled by them.

    • Michelle Wallace on May 9, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you Michael. It's been an amazing experience thus far…… 🙂

  20. Shelly on May 8, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Hi, Micelle:

    If a guy could be a real doll. Michael is just that.


    hugs and chocolate!

  21. Stephanie Faris on May 8, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Congratulations on your collaboration! How exciting. I'm sure together you'll create something phenomenal. I learned with my first book that no book is created alone…it takes a lot of work from some talented minds!

    • Michelle Wallace on May 9, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      It's definitely a pooling of talents! The realisation that it cannot be done alone really sinks in as the project moves along…

  22. ChemistKen on May 8, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Glad things are working out for you at the moment.  Savor them, because you never know what's going to come next as a writer.

    • Michelle Wallace on May 9, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      My thoughts, exactly! You never know what's waiting around the next corner…

  23. Melissa Maygrove on May 8, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    How did I miss this post?

    Woohoo! Don't you love it when stuff like that happens?! 😀

    • Michelle Wallace on May 9, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Woohoo! I love it when a plan comes together…. 🙂

  24. Gary on May 8, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Hi Michelle,

    All good with you, my good friend.  And to have Michael work with you on your blurb is most excellent news.  

    Thank you for being part of the "IWSG" aka "I Was Seeking Gary."

    Gary 🙂


  25. Lynda R. Young on May 9, 2014 at 12:17 am

    That's great you've found an editor whom you're thrilled about. And Michael is such a nice guy as well.

  26. Murees Dupé on May 9, 2014 at 7:40 am

    How fantastic. Having an editor you get along with is always important. Wishing you tons of success. 

    • Michelle Wallace on May 9, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      Thank you Murees! I hope you're well? I'll pop by your place shortly…

  27. Medeia Sharif on May 9, 2014 at 9:35 am

    That's wonderful. I'm glad you found an awesome editor to make your work shine. I love working with editors. 

    • Michelle Wallace on May 9, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      I'm really enjoying working with Michael. He's "in tune" with what I'm trying to say…

  28. Damyanti on May 9, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    All the best for the stories– look forward to reading them once they're published 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on May 10, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Thank you Damyanti! 🙂 There's still lots do do before they are published… a step at a time, I suppose…

  29. Shell Flower on May 9, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Great to hear that you are enjoying editing, and your awesome editor, so much. Sounds like you are an amazing team.

    • Michelle Wallace on May 10, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Michael's a great person to work with. Professional and helpful too.

  30. Elsie on May 9, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Ugh, Michelle, the part I dread the most, editing.  I'm glad you're getting it done and with such awesome help.  That must make it so much easier!  Good for you!

    • Michelle Wallace on May 10, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      I don't know how I feel about editing… yet. By the end of this project, I will know. (I suspect that it's not one of my stronger points…)

  31. Southpaw on May 11, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Great endorsement for Michael! 

  32. Arlee Bird on May 12, 2014 at 3:02 am

    Michael is gaining quite the reputation.  Good for him!  And good for you and your progress!

    I don't hear any insecurity in this post.! 


    An A to Z Co-Host 
    <a href="">Tossing It Out</a>



  33. Julie K Pick on May 13, 2014 at 3:13 am

    I know that Michael does wonderful work, and I'm sure you'll make a great team! I'm so excited for you, Michelle!

    • Michelle Wallace on May 13, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      He's such a talented individual! I'm excited too! I almost can't believe it's happening… 🙂

  34. Lynda Dietz on May 14, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Sounds as if you have a wonderful thing going! I'm glad for both of you. It's so important to enjoy the editor you end up working with, and he seems like a terrific guy.

  35. Michelle Wallace on May 15, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Michael has a keen eye for detail… it's been a great experience thus far…

  36. Denise on July 9, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Michael has the magic touch with words!

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