Thursday, June 11, 2009

Free Stuff Friday

Welcome to another Free Stuff Friday!

Today I'm giving away a copy of the fabulous book:

The Invisible Wall, By Harry Bernstein.

I wrote a post about this great book this week, click here to review it.

Important Note: The book is my copy that I want to give to a blogging friend. It is not brand new, but the only mark is when I wrote my name on the inside cover when I lent it out. It's yours to keep so you can just put a sticker with your name right over mine :)

What you have to do to enter:

A few weeks back, I wrote a post about how we must overcome walls as writers. If you want to see that post, click here.

The walls are there to stop the people who don't want it bad enough

Leave a comment with one 'wall' you've had to overcome. It can be a one word comment like, 'time' or you can share an experience....whatever you want to say!

Comments welcome from now through Sunday afternoon when I will pull all the comment-ors into a hat and draw one lucky winner out.

Good Luck and Happy Weekend!



Joyce Wolfley said...

Wow. I'm never the first person to comment. Well, I would say my big wall right now is squeezing in time. I'm my most creative in the morning, but it's just not an option to write in the mornings right now. So I've been lugging around a notebook and writing during my lunches.

Lisa and Laura said...

Our wall = Waiting. I have no patience and skin that's not nearly thick enough (yet).

This book sounds amazing! I love Free Stuff Friday!

ElanaJ said...

My wall = self-doubt. It's slippery, steep, and very strong. And...isn't it Thursday? ;)

Tess said...

thanks for the comments, guys.

Good catch, Elana. I'm going to be gone tomorrow and didn't want to skip the free stuff friday post. In fact, I work Fridays most of the time so my 'Friday' post usually goes up sometime Thrs evening.

And, I'll add my wall: Procrastination. Why put of till tomorrow what you can put off till the day after tomorrow, right?

Wendy said...

Wall = Not taking time to clear away muddled mind.
~ Wendy

Diana said...

My wall=guilt. Sometimes when I finally have a chance to sit down and write, the kids have no underwear, there's nothing in the refrigerator to eat, my littlest guy reminds me that I promised to read him a story, the kitchen's a mess, and there's some sort of sibling brawl going on in a corner that needs my attention.

Cindy said...

My wall...doubt. I worry about not being good enough. I worry about what other people are going to think of what I've written (especially people I know).

Thanks for doing the giveaway. And I remember your wall post. It was good!

B.J. Anderson said...

My wall is myself procrastinating! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Danyelle said...

My wall was lack of confidence. For me, writing is a very personal thing. It was very hard to separate myself from my manuscript at first. There is a small corner of me that knows I can write, and write well (according to me :p), but sometimes the rest of me is so much louder. It's one of the reasons I decided to forego a pen name--I want to show myself that I can claim what I've written as mine. :D

Karin said...

My wall is definitely discipline (I just blogged about it). I have the time and the ability...but I lose hours a day to putzing around. Oy. That's my summertime goal - self-discipline!

kvbwrites at yahoo dot com

Suzanne said...

My Walls

1.Vacillation between vanity and self doubt.Ego (or a lack of ego) is a huge wall. I find that I am most fluid when I am thinking less about myself.
2.Lack of patience: I actually believe the querying process itself is a wall. A wall standing in the way of my WIP at least....

Thanks Tess, this made me think :)

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

First of all, who the heck would put a sticker over your name? Think how cool it will be when your book is a best seller and that person has a cherished book you read (with your name as proof).

Secondly, I'm in the demolition process as we speak. My big wall is this new job I have that has sucked away many hours of writing time (and blogging time). But I'm FORCING my loved ones to leave me alone for an hour or two a night so I can get some of my editing and revisions done.

Scott said...


I think the biggest wall I had to overcome was actually believing in myself and my ability as a writer. Trust me, it took years and years and years . . . okay, more than a decade to gain a tenuous belief in myself and my abilities - childhood baggage and all that crap.


lotusgirl said...

I have many walls. Some I put up and some that others put up. My biggest ones are probably procrastination and self-doubt.

Davin Malasarn said...

My wall is also lack of confidence. I'm insecure all the time. It keeps me from submitting short stories and from applying for fellowships. Luckily, I get over them, and I do eventually go for things. I just waste a lot of time before I do so.

Tess said...

Geeze, the more you guys comment, the more I realize how many walls I have and am overcoming.

Each comment has me saying, "me too,, too".

It's interesting how much alike our various and different journeys can be :D Thanks for sharing!!!!

Robyn said...

I guess my biggest wall has been and still is my son Christopher's health problem. If I could get that taken care of, I'd be on cloud 100! Just knowing it's there, contributes to me not writing at all some days. I want to spend the days with him. Other days, I write, but it's in the back of my mind. Anyway thanks for doing the giveaway. Are you unplugging next week? :)

Amy Allgeyer Cook said...


superpaige said...

Can I enter? I didn't read it when it was the book club book, and now I really want to. A wall that I've overcome? Well, I'd have to say I'm still trying to get over a lot of my walls still--I'm still impatient, overweight, and a crappy housewife. But I AM a great friend, a super fun mom and a loving wife.

Tess said...

Robyn - won't unplug...but might limit blogging to M, W, F. We'll see. Sending get well wishes to your son and mommy-strength wishes to you.

Amy - I don't even have the words to tell you how sorry I am.

Paige - sure! I love that you entered :) And, you are all wonderful things and more.

Crystal said...

One wall that I've had to overcome is creating a blog. I really, really didn't think I could so it, and then maintain it. But I did & I am. On the other hand, there are many wals that I'm still trying to climb over, like time, procrastination, & self-doubt. And I see I'm not alone. I wonder, when do you really stop doubting yourself? It's so hard especially when you see a new book come out (or soon to debut)with a great premise & plot, and then you think, 'Gee, how can I possibly compete with THAT?' Guess you just have to believe & have confidence (another wall!) that there's room enough for everyone, right?

Well, enough of my babbling! This was a great post, Tess! And I agree with Karen, I would NEVER put a sticker over your name--not when you're destined for best-sellerdom! :)

dellgirl said...

My wall?


In all capitals, with the exclamation point. I graduated from college in May, married in July, started a family soon after, and that was all I ever wanted. Oh, I talked a good game. I could be heard loud and clear over many many years, 'this will make a good story, I should write a book about this or that, and on and on.

Only one person listened and understood, my daughter. She urged me to write my book after all three kids were grown and self-sufficient.

Anonymous said...

hey tess how are you,thanks for your post. its interestng becasue i would have liked to see a little but more happen at the end,you know there's a huge buil up to that point but its didn't quite hit the stop at the end. its was a good read and i think what her husband did was unspeakable. the movie is out have you seen it? not sure what came first!
how was your weekend?

L.T. Elliot said...

My wall was myself. I just had to learn to stop fighting myself so hard. Once I figured out that writing is me, my lifeblood, then I could move on. I'm okay with that now and knowing that God and I are on the same page went a long way to letting me work the craft the way I need to.