Wednesday, March 7, 2018

INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP

It's the First Wednesday in March! You Know What That Means!



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!


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

His awesome co-hosts for the March 7 posting of the IWSG are Mary Aalgaard, Bish Denham, Jennifer Hawes, Diane Burton, and Gwen Gardner!

Visit the Insecure Writer's Support Group here.

The March 7 question is  How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/finish a story?

Mmm, interesting question. I can't think of anything in particular I do. I am happy and relieved that I achieved my goal. When I finish a story, I'm excited. No partying or going to the movies or anything special, though. Gee. My life sounds boring, doesn't it? Really, it's not. Finishing a story is a great accomplishment for me. Usually, because I've worked on it for so long. I'm a sloooww writer. I have trouble going forward and tend to make corrections as I go. Even when I finish my work, I know there will be more changes. I've already jotted down notes of things to add or change for my WIP, when it's finished. I'm only on chapter 14, but I've been researching to get the lifestyle of my main character correct. That's very important in this story.

So, I'm rambling. Basically, all I do is smile, sigh in relief, maybe drink a glass of tea and eat chocolate. Then go back and start again. Achieving my goal gives me courage to keep going and do it for the next goal.

How about you?

Happy Reading and Writing.








30 comments:

  1. That's the way we roll too. Take a moment to enjoy and then onward to the next.

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    1. Glad to hear it, Pat. Time is too precious, to me, to waste it. So, march on to whatever is waiting.

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  2. My life is pretty boring too. I don't spend too much time celebrating anything until I move onto the next project.

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    1. Ha, ha! Join the club, Natalie. We're probably not as boring as we think. I just hate to waste those hours I could be writing. Too many voices are calling to me. :)

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  3. I do go to the movies but otherwise my life is rather boring as well.

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    1. You know though, Alex. Some people might think your life, and mine, are exciting, instead of boring. Creating new characters does make life interesting.

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  4. Here from Alex's blog. FWIW, your post really resonated with me. I'm also a sloooow writer. It took me four years to write my first novel. Mainly b/c I learned as I wrote, if that makes sense. Also, I kept going back and editing my chapters, instead of moving forward.
    It's a Type-A thing, I think. Then in the end, I wound up going back and making more changes anyway. On my second novel, my current WIP, I've gotten better about going back and editing. Don't get me wrong, it takes a week, sometimes two to write a chapter, and during those times I go back and make changes, but once it's done, I move on. When I realize that changes need to be made to previous chapters, I make a note in bold type at the end of and keep going. It's tough to do. Part of me wants to go back and fix the problem before moving forward, but I realize this delays productivity. So, I force myself to write the next chapter. Hope you work out the need to edit as you go. It took me a looooong time, LOL. BTW, I'm now following you. Good luck on your WIP.

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    1. Thanks, Andrea. Your kind words make me happy. You know, I did the same thing today. Instead of writing the next chapter, I went back and revised the previous chapter. Must stop doing that. You seem to be making progress. Good for you. I'm working on it. You'd think after all these years I'd know what's best.
      Thank you for following me. So nice to meet you. Best of luck with your writing.

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  5. Chocolate seems to be the go to celebratory choice today. I'm with you on the slow writing. I'm trying fast this month, and my stomach just bunches up as I speed along. Not my style at all.

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    1. Chocolate works for me, lee. Good luck with your fast writing. I've decided I'll never change. Oh, well, the turtle finished the race.

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  6. I think your outlook on finishing a story is your reward. It's a great attitude.

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    1. Thanks, Sheri. No point in getting upset over how I write. It's the best I can do and reward enough when I finally reach The End.

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  7. I am a slow writer too. I I think tea and chocolate sounds like a lovely way to celebrate. :) I am always happy when I am done- and I go back again and again to make changes!
    ~Jess

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    1. Being happy when you're done is the important thing, Jess. We're all different. Thank goodness. The world would be a boring place if everyone was the same. The final result is what counts. And fro your books I've read, you've done a wonderful job.

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  8. I don't really celebrate, but I could get down with eating some chocolate and having some tea.

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    1. Chocolate and tea always help, Cherie. Enjoy reaching the finish line.

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  9. I love going to the movies and hanging out with my friends. Thank you for sharing this!

    www.ficklemillennial.com

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    1. You're welcome, Gina. Thank you for stopping by. Yes, movies are good to help us relax. And friend...what would we do without them?

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  10. A cup of tea and chocolate is a good celebration. :)

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  11. Cup of coffee, glass of wine, chocolate, or all of the above and plow ahead on the next step:)

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    1. Sounds good to me, Karin. One step leads to another.

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  12. Cup of tea and chocolate sounds awesome to me. I love that you find the courage to keep moving forward through completing a task. That is inspiring really. Best of luck in your WIP!

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    1. Me, too, E.M.A. In this business one has to keep moving forward or else they'll never reach the end of the story. Thanks for your kind words. Many awesome authors inspire me to hang in there.

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  13. What an inspiring piece. All the best to your new ms.

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    1. Thank you, Romance Reader. It's great to know I'm inspiring others. Hope so. I appreciate your kind words.

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  14. My life may be considered boring, but I love it :)

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    1. Good for you, Optimistic. We're all different and what each of us brings to our world makes us who we are. Thanks for stopping by.

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  15. I couldn't live without chocolate. When I'm editing, I keep the packet next to me!

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    1. Me too, Nas. Chocolate just calms the worries and relaxes the body. It's delicious too. Thanks for stopping by.

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