Hello everyone, and welcome back to the blog for day two of this shindig.

Based on the comments, seems I chose the wrong lead yesterday with Assiduity. Assglue clearly won reader’s choice and would have been the front-runner if only I had more to today’s word, definition #2.

1. Anatomy: The spinal column
2. Courage
3. Bookbinding: the back or bound edge of a book

4. and 5. are Nautical references, which reminds me to give a shout out to CANOE, the Committee to Attribute a Nautical Origin to Everything.

Source: Amazon

As I spend more time developing my craft, I have found the act of writing to be an increasingly personal endeavor. The more I write, the more my subconscious unloads, letting what’s really spinning inside my head out and into the world. Have you observed this in your own writing? #pleasesayyes

This is not to say that as a fantasy writer I live in a false reality. Of course, it’s deeper than that, more thematic in nature. But there’s no denying it’s there. And this makes it that much harder to put the work out into the world. Scary stuff, for some. (read: me)

And… if you’re pursuing publication, you also have visions of your book with some backbone as well! Today’s word is a double whammy!

Have you found any ways to combat the scary side of sharing your work? Come, open up and reveal your wisdom in the comments. Vicarious backbone can be useful too.

Bonus B words: Balls, Bravura, Books (other than your own)

About the Author Corinne

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  1. I think backbone is one of my defining features. Aside from my glasses and goatee. I meet many writers who want to publish and go the route of the Traditional Publishing because they want to see their book on a shelf in a bookstore. It is a noble cause, but then I tell them that a publisher may demand they make changes to their story and many seem willing to do that.

    There may come a time where I consider doing that, but for now I cannot. I go the route of indie publishing to show what is rolling around in my head, the great narratives ready to be told. As William Shatner said to George Lucas, “You’re doing it your way.”

    If I become a success *fingers crossed* it will be on my terms. So when I do pursue traditional publishing, I have a bargaining chip of “Look at these people who follow me and who loved my work.”

    1. Good for you! Even indie pub needs a book spine! ;) There are definitely pros and cons to either of the publishing paths out there today. Here’s to success for everyone, no matter what that looks like. :D

    1. Thanks Jen – I totally agree… terrifying. Arianna Huffington is doing a 3-week daily meditation of becoming fearless. I’m doing it… we’ll see if I master my fear!

  2. The only trick I’ve found is to put my writing out there with greater frequency. I write many articles and such as well as books, and that has helped substantially.

    1. That’s good to know, Steven. I have many essays and non-fic pieces and published in various places and that was tough to do for sure. Perhaps it will get easier as I do it. *waiting* ;)

  3. Yes,a backbone is crucial. Also a deaf ear and a bum in a seat. Perhaps a wry eye and a grain of salt but for sure. A true heart and a wheelbarrow of patience!

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