Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Why Writing Shouldn't be Lonely Work #IWSG

By Alex J. Cavanaugh
Writing can be such a lonely endeavor. We spend hours in front of the computer, shutting out the world so we can write. Often we think we’re on our own–that it’s all up to us.

But there is strength in numbers. Healthy relationships and connections can help us, not only with writing, but with finding our path, marketing, and chances for success.

In my latest book, Dragon of the Stars, Aden Pendar is a driven man. The son of a Duke, he’s determined to command his own ship. He has all the qualities of a leader save one–he doesn’t connect well with others.

Over the course of the story, he learns that he does need others to succeed. He needs the assistance of his crew to find the ship that will save their people. Respect and loyalty doesn’t come without effort, and he must care about the men and women who serve under him. As he learns this, Aden discovers devotion and friendship in the process.

We writers are in a similar place. We need the support of others. We need their wisdom, guidance, and encouragement. Our work will succeed with the help of critique partners, key connections, and those willing to share the marketing load.

And one of the best places to find that is through the Insecure Writer’s Support Group!

Dragon of the Stars
By Alex J. Cavanaugh
Science Fiction – Space Opera/Adventure/Military

The ship of legends…

The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, son of a Hyrathian Duke. Poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter, he’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.

But when the Alliance denies Hyrath’s claim on the planet of Kavil and declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray. Entrenched in battle and told he won’t make captain, Aden’s world begins to collapse. How will he salvage his career and future during Hyrath’s darkest hour?

One chance remains–the Dragon. Lost many years prior, the legendary ship’s unique weapon is Hyrath’s only hope. Can Aden find the Dragon, save his people, and prove he’s capable of commanding his own ship?

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Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design, graphics, and technical editing. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He’s the author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm. 

(A big thanks to Alex for his amazing supportive work over the blogsphere. You truly are an inspiration! --Lynda)