Wednesday, December 6, 2017

INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP

It's INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP time again, the last one in 2017.


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.

Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Awesome Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG.

His awesome co-hosts for the December 6 posting of the IWSG are Julie Flanders,Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner!
 
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

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Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional!!!

The question for December 6 is "As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?"


Good question. If I could backtrack, I think I'd stay with the story I was writing instead of putting it away when I couldn't get it right and going to another story. But I had this new idea in my head and instead of working my problems out, I switched.

I worked on the new idea for awhile, then had a brainstorm about the other story so I went back to it. Are you confused yet? I am.

The result of my bouncing back and forth is that 2017 is almost over and I do not have a finished manuscript. Working to remedy that by the  end of December. I'm almost there so maybe there's hope. And for the other story, I'll work on it when this one is finished.

I'm not mentioning the two MG stories that my fingers are itching to write. They have to wait their turn.
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Patches says "Just let me sleep."

Pleasant dreams, sweet girl.

Happy Reading!

27 comments:

  1. That's awesome that you'll have a finished manuscript in 2017. Sounds like you are full of ideas. My goal is to get more writing time for me.

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    1. Fingers crossed that I will have one finished, Natalie, and maybe a couple in 2018. Gonna write my fingers to the bone. :) Good luck with getting more writing time. I don't know how you do it with other jobs, but I know you will.

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  2. Aw, don't ya hate when that happens? But sometimes working on a freshie causes you to, unconsciously, create new twists and turns on the one you left. Sounds like that happened with you, which is good, cause it motived you with renewed vigor and drive.

    See, I might be an interviewer, but sometimes I know a few things about other few things.

    Sometimes.

    I think.

    Hm. Wait.

    What was I saying??????

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    1. Yes, yes, yes. What you say, I.B Nosey. I'm on a roll now. Your thinking sounds good to me. Nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Those new ideas sure can pop in and cause some chaos, but at least you have a few on the go to get done. Always better than none.

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    1. Yep, Pat, just deciding which one to work on was the hardest part. Now, it's working out okay. Then there are the others waiting.

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  4. That's one relaxed cat.

    Bouncing back and forth is like multi-tasking, which they say doesn't work. Now you know why.

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    1. Yes, Diane, Patches loves to nap. True. I discovered that working on one story is best. Jotting down notes for the others is okay. I used to write that way, years ago. Back to the past.

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  5. I'm so with you on this. I went through four books like this, almost done but not enough to publish. Then , I moved on. Now, I've decided to spend a year completing each, publishing each before starting the next. So far I have two of the four. #3 is due out in Summer and I'm right on schedule. This works!

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    1. Good for you, Jacqui. Sounds like you're on the right track. Congratulations on the two new books and the one due out in the summer. That is awesome. I'm excited for you.

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  6. Such a pretty kitty! Good luck with finishing that manuscript! Like you, I wish I stuck with one project to completion.

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    1. Patches says "Thank you, Cherie." She's a sweetie. Let's make sticking with one project to completion your goal and mine for 2018. Okay? You can do it. Me too.

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  7. Sometimes that bouncing back and forth is good, though. If we get stuck on one project, we can work on another until inspiration strikes for the one we stopped working on. At least we're writing. ;)

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    1. True, Chrys. I'm working on the first story mostly. If something that goes with the second one comes to mind, I write it in that story's folder. I just had a neat idea about one of the characters. Can't wait to get back to it. Gonna finish the first one though. A day without writing is like a day without sunshine. Let's get busy.

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  8. You have two stories in the works, and that's not bad either.

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    1. Two at a time is okay, I think, Alex. I just want to write them. Almost finished with number one. Well, there will be revisions I'm sure. But getting close.

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  9. Yes, but you’ll have two next year. I can feel it!

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    1. Oh, yay! Sheri. You are so nice to say that. Now, I'm going to work harder to make your prediction come true. Two it is. Thank's for the pep talk. I needed it. Oh, and I'm waiting for your next one. :)

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  10. Making those shiny new ideas wait until you're finished with the others is the hard part!

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    1. You're absolutely right, Shannon. Motivation to work harder so I can get to the new ones. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  11. Hello--I'm new to IWSG. It was fun to read your post, as it reminded me of me (and made me feel less weird), in that I tend to switch from idea to idea. I call it being nimble.

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    1. Hi Cathy. Welcome. Nice to meet you. Ha,ha! I like that (being nimble.) We're not weird; we just have our own style. And what else are we supposed to do with those voices telling us their stories, if not write them?

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  12. I've had trouble settling on one thing as well. I'm always afraid to let an idea slip by, so I always at least start it. And now it's time to go back and finish all these projects. LOL.

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    1. Join the club, Gwen. Sometimes it's so hard to stay with one story when all these other voices are talking to us. You'll finish them. Just take your time and enjoy. The thing about starting it is it's there when you're ready and you can add to it. I like already having the idea or character or blurb to get me started. Happy Writing.

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  13. Exciting to have new ideas perculating as you wrap up your current WIPs...good luck!

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  14. Patches looks adorable. Always fun to sleep in a sunny patch. ;)

    Well- you may not have a finished ms- but you have two on the way to being done! :) Happy writing!
    ~Jess

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