Wednesday, April 4, 2018

APRIL IWSG

Here we are again. The first Wednesday in April. 2018 is sure flying by. Enjoy!


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

Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG,

His awesome co-hosts for the April 4 posting of the IWSG are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Renee Scattergood, and Tamara Narayan!

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!!!

April 4th question:

When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?

Good Question

What do I do?

Get some dark chocolate kisses and ... I'm only partly kidding. I do take a break, maybe eat some chocolate, maybe play with the cats, take a long walk and enjoy the birds and butterflies and flowers. Sometimes I even mop the floor or vacuum the carpet, anything that allows me to think of what I'm doing wrong with my story. Why can't I get this scene right? What should my character say or do here? I thought I knew, but it doesn't work. So I go ahead and type something. Then the next day I either wonder "What was I thinking" and start that scene over again, or I smile and think "Yes, this is it."

I may have a lot of cloudy or rainy days, but eventually the sun will shine. And it is worth waiting for when I can read what I've written and say, "Yes." 

How about you?

Happy Reading!

30 comments:

  1. Good post to read Beverly, all good reasons not to write, but as you say something always come to mind.
    Enjoyed the read.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne. Sometimes we just need to have patience and wait for the right words.

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  2. I wish you were closer. You could vacuum and mop my house all you wanted. LOL

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    1. Well, if you looked at my house, Diane, you might change your mind to my house cleaning.

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    1. Yes, it does, Katie. In fact, I think I need some right now. Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Music is good. Sometimes I play my piano. It is relaxing.

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  5. I totally hear you! Any time I get stuck in a story, it's because something is off--especially in the set up. As soon as I've figured it out, it's smooth sailing. =)

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    1. You're absolutely right, Crystal, and once we find that little something, yay.

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  6. It's when I'm playing that I get my best ideas. I must do that more. Maybe I need a cat or two.

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    1. I think that's true, lee. We clear our minds of the problem with other things and then it comes to us. Yeah, the cats keep me busy. Sometimes, when I'm in the middle of trying to figure out my problem, Patches curls up in my lap and I stop worrying about it. Cats don't worry. Why should I?

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  7. Great post, Beverly, thank you! I find chocolate very helpful too:)

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    1. Yeah, Karin. Good old chocolate. You know, I think it's calling to me now. :)

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  8. Can totally relate to needing to take a break and how that and things like cleaning can help you get out of a rainy day. Chocolate too is esssential.

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    1. It sure can, Natalie. I think sometimes we just push ourselves to finish something when we really need a break and do other things. And, yes, chocolate always helps.

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  9. The sun shall shine on through indeed...even if it takes a while.

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    1. And don't we love that sun, Pat. We often need patience, but it will finally shine.

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  10. Eventually the sun will shine. Quite right. Thanks for the positive thinking.

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    1. Yes, it will, Liza, when the time is right. Sometimes it's difficult to wait for that time, but we must. Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. I usually find the answers when I can't do anything about it, like when I'm in the shower or driving. But yes, it really helps when I am finally able to sit back down and write.

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    1. Ha, ha! Bad timing. So do you keep repeating your discovery over and over to help you remember? It's great to have the answers when you can write them.

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  12. This happens to me. Whenever I take a break, the writing plot holes get fixed. It does work!!

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    1. I guess when we're doing something different from our writing, it clears our mind so we can see the answer, Jennifer. Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. I eat chocolates, take long walks and have longer showers trying to straighten a plot!

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    1. Sounds like a winner to me. Chocolate is great and long walks free the mind. Showers are refreshing. Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. Having a snack and some chocolate always sounds good. I like to read or go for a walk. Helps me when I spend time in nature. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Reading is good, Jess. And walking is wonderful. The fresh air and beautiful scenery refreshes the mind. Nature has a way of making the world seem right.

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  15. Just doing something different and getting away from writing even for just a moment can help and is a big relief.

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    1. You're right, Chris. Our brains need a change of pace. Then we can think again. Hope you're feeling better.

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