Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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Insecure Writer's Support Group

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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 - and return comments. This group is all about connecting! Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post. And please be sure your avatar links back to your blog! If it links to Google+, be sure to change it as Google+ is going away in January. Otherwise, when you leave a comment, people can't find you to comment back.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.
The next posting day is May 6th. 

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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!!!
May 6 question - Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?

My thoughts: I have no special rituals that I use to get into the ZONE. Sometimes I simply put the story I'm working on aside and work on something else. Other times, I take a day or two break, play with my critters, clean house, or play the piano  to clear my mind of writing. The funny thing is, sometimes ideas pop into my head when I'm least expecting them. I grab a pen and jot them down because I'd never remember them. That's it.

The awesome co-hosts for the May 6 posting of the IWSG are Feather Stone, Beverly Stowe McClure, Mary Aalgaard, Kim Lajevardi, and Chemist Ken!
The IWSG's Admin's Two Cents
Tips That Can Aid The Writing Pantser
By Juneta Key 
       I am a pantser when it comes to writing, but I have learned some new tricks that have helped me.  Knowing these well enough you don't have to look them up aids your muse, and the muse will use them.

Learn the first tip until it comes naturally and automatically to mind when you write.    Five to seven points is not outlining or a lot to memorize, and you still have a whole novel to write by the seat of your pants.

1. Learning to use the 5 or 7 plot points and understanding how they work can vastly improve your storytelling skills.   Structure is second to character development for me.  As a reader I am drawn to strong character based stories. 5 Plot Points    7 Plot Points

2.  You don't have to know everything to start writing but knowing a few things will keep the words flowing.  Why?  Because you have a road or at least a wild path to follow. You might not know what you will find and see but you have an idea where your destination ends.

3.  Cast your characters.  Visuals can make a huge difference and inspire story when you get stuck just by thinking of the character cast.  Sometimes naming them can work the same way.

4.  Write the middle is a recommendation James Scott Bell makes in his book, Write Your Novel From The Middle. Some pantsers find this helpful.

Juneta Key is a writer, publisher, and IWSG admin
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This month's tip is a quote by the talented, award-winning author, Hillary Mantel. Ms. Mantel's writing advice could have been meant for the IWSG as we are a group focused on sharing, thus expunging the fears brought on by writer insecurity.
When asked to give writers some advice, she said:

"The most helpful quality a writer can cultivate is self-confidence - arrogance, if you can manage it. You write to impose yourself on the world, and you have to believe in your own ability when the world shows you no sign of agreeing with you."
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73 comments:

  1. Like you, ideas pop into my head when least expected. I have notebooks for jotting down impulsive thoughts and lists.
    I'm a pantsers and enjoyed reading Juneta Key article. Thanks for including her ideas and suggestions.
    Thank you, too for co-hosting this month.
    Lynn La Vita blog: Writers Supporting Writers

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    1. Yes, Lynn, I need those ideas written down because I forget them if I don't. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. I like to take a break and do other things like you. And I have ideas pop up too. I also like Juneta's tips to at least have some basic plot points when you don't outline. That's what I do. Thanks for co-hosting.

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    1. Hi Natalie. Yes, I have a short attention span. Her tips are great. I'm saving them. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Jotting them down quickly is the key!
    Thanks for co-hosting today.

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  4. Taking a break always gets my creative juices flowing. Thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. Break,s are good, Jennifer, to clear the mind. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Writing with confidence is a key element. Thanks for co-hosting this month!
    Mary at Play off the Page

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    1. Confidence sure helps, Mary. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Love that quote. It's okay to be self confident and "impose" our writing on others. Had to laugh at that line. Sorry, Juneta, I'm not a pantser. I tried it and had a mess. LOL. Lucky for you Bev, you jot down your ideas. I have them, but I don't take time to jot them down. Thanks for co-hosting!
    JQ Rose

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    1. I think we each have to do what works for us, J. Q. So I hav to write ideas down. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Thanks for co-hosting this month. I find that I'm never at a loss for ideas, it's executing those ideas that seems to be the promblem. I do agree that taking a break from a piece that I'm struggling with has helped in the past.

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    1. Yes, I understand the problems, Toi. I have them too. Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. When I use to commute long distance to work, I'd get some of my best ideas while driving. I eventually bought a small digital voice recorder so I could keep a record of those ideas instead of trying to write them down on paper while I was driving.

    Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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    1. Oh, a voice recorder is a great idea, Chemist. I may try that because I often lose my notes. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Congratulations, Beverly. Thanks for co-hosting this month. Thanks for Juneta's article. Great quote!

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    1. Thanks, Joylene. Juneta writes great articles. I always learn so much from themm. Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. Due to my elephantine memory, I tend to keep future characters and storylines in my head instead of writing them down. I've kept entire books and storylines memorized backwards and forwards for years before finally getting to that point in the family saga or series.

    Thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. That is wonderul, Carrie-Anne. Wish I could do that. Would save a lot o paper with notes on it. Your memory is amazing. Thank you for stopping and sharing.

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  11. I get those ideas in the strangest places, too. The best bits of dialog almost came to mind while I was driving to work but now that I'm retired, they're just before falling to sleep. Then the dilemma: get up to write them down or hope to remember in the morning? Thanks for co-hosting, Beverly!!

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    1. And when I hope to remember them in the morning, Nancy, they're completely gone. Sad. I write them down. Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

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  12. I love when ideas pop into my head--usually as I drift off to sleep. I'm lucky if I remember them. lol Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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    1. It seems like sleep time does send story ideas our way sometimes, Diane. Isn't it fun. Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. Hi,
    Sometimes I work on two manuscripts also. If I seem bog down in one, I go to the other and everything flows.
    Thank you for co-hosting and all the best.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. It works for me that way, too, Pat. Trouble with one, take a rest, and go to the other. Thank you for stopping by.

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  14. Yeh for ideas popping into our heads! Love when that happens. Thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. It is fun when that happens, Madeline.Then we're ready to write. Thanks for stopping by.

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  15. Thank you for co-hosting! Changing my activity does help me, too, at times. Love the anthology!

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    1. The anthology is a good one, Sheri. I enjoyed reading it. Yes, doing something different helps. Thanks for stopping by.

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  16. Like you I have to write down any ideas ASAP or they likely go flying off to Neverland. Very frustrating. Great job co-hosting today, Beverly.

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    1. I know, Lee. Maybe it's because our brains are overloaded and just run out of space. :) Thank you for stopping by.

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  17. Working on something else can really help.

    Thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. Absolutely, Chrys. You do a nice job. Thank you for stopping by.

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  18. What a post. A ton of information here. I Know what you mean about writing things down before you forget them. #MeToo! And excellent writing tips from experts. And--good book reviews. Loved Sandra's book.

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    1. A lot is going on these days, Jacqui. A lot to talk about it. Such fun. Yes, I sometimes carry a pen and paper with me throughout the house, so I don't forget. Thank you for stopping by.

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  19. Your writing approach sounds much like mine. Sometimes I wish I could just get into a "zone" and make things happen, but old habits are hard to break I guess. These days it's mostly songs that will pop into my head. If I can I'll write down lyrics right away so I can remember them, but thank goodness for the recording capability on my phone so that I'm able to lay down an idea so I can remember better.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Those phones come in handy sometimes, Arlee. And yes, I hate to give up my old habits, but sometimes new ones are better. Thank you for stopping by.

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  20. Thanks for co-hosting and congrats on your book!! It certainly is good and strange how ideas can just pop into our heads!

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    1. Thank you, Cathrina. The book is one of the hardest I've ever written, so much was involved. Yes, I like those ideas. Thanks for stopping by.

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  21. Thank you for co-hosting this month. Sometimes getting away from the writing is just the thing to get the writing going.

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    1. Absolutely, Liza. Clear the head and amazing things can happen. Thank you or stopping by.

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  22. I didn't answer the question as I couldn't think of anything either.

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    1. Yeah, it was a tough one, Diane. Maybe our brains are in overload. Anyhow, glad you stopped by.

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  23. Yes, alternating activities often helps with the writing.
    I love it when ideas pop into my head, but sadly, it hasn't happened often in the past couple years.
    Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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    1. Those ideas that pop up are such fybm Olga. Yes, it would be nice if we had them everyday. Maybe you'll have some new ones soon. Thank you for stopping by.

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  24. I just love all these book covers presented here! Like you, I don't have any writing rituals. My mind is constantly busy, even when I'm walking or in the shower. Unfortunately, I'm not very good about jotting down useful ideas, especially when trying to fall asleep at night. Thanks for co-hosting this month!

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    1. Yes, Liesbet, I like my sleep at night, too, but sometimes I wake up and just have to write down an idea because I'll never remember it in the morning. Thank you for stopping by.

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  25. Taking a break and enjoying time with the cats and life sure is a fine way to recharge when needed.

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    1. Right, Pat. My favorite thing to do. Thanks for stopping by.

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  26. I get my best ideas while driving or in the shower, and I've learned my lesson about keeping a notebook and pen handy. Thank you for cohosting this month.

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    1. Having something to write on nearby at all times is a good idea, Doreen. Thanks or stopping by.

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  27. Thanks for co-hosting this month, Beverly! I often get ideas while I'm doing other things, like vacuuming floors or taking a shower. Your post was full of great information. Take care!

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    1. Being a co-host is fun, Fundy. Yes, that happens, and we need to be ready. A lot is happening now. Thanks for stopping by.

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  28. What a wonderful post Beverly you co hosted. I too have to write down ideas when writing my poems. Good luck with the anthology certainly a wonderful achievemnt by people who have participated.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thank you,Thank Yvonne. Your poems are always lovely.
      I'm glad you stopped by with your story. The Anthology is a good one.

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  29. Many ideas come while walking, driving, cooking or doing any number of things. I love jotting things down but always have too many notebooks and then can't find the idea when I need it. My phone has helped me become much more organised. Thank you for co-hosting.

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    1. It's great that ideas come to you and you're ready to safe them. Yes, sometimes we have so many ideas it's hard to find the one we want. Phones do come in handy. Thanks for stopping by.

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  30. Oh that bit of advice in the end. We are so often full of doubt about our writing that it gets tough to be imposing.
    Thanks for the tips and for co hosting.
    Sonia from https://soniadogra.com

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    1. Yes, we sometimes doubt our abilities, but we need confidence that we can do whatever. Some good posts here helped us with that. Thanks or stopping by.

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  31. Ha, ha, yes, I have pens and papers stashed in various places around the house because I never know when ideas will pop into my head. I am also a pantser, so thanks, Juneta, for sharing your tips! Thank you for co-hosting! Lori at https://lorilmaclaughlin.com.

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    1. And aren't you glad the pens are there when you need them. Junetas's tips are great. I'm saving them. Thanks for stopping by.

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  32. Great advice! I will say that thinking about starting the story from the middle gives the OCD in me a heart attack despite my being a pantser. I'm linear about my writing.

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    1. Ha, ha. Yes, starting at the beginning works better for me, too, but we're all different so do what we can do. Thanks for stopping by.

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  33. Juneta's advice is timely -- and helpful as I start a new project! Thank you for showcasing it here, along with so many other useful resources.

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    1. Yes, it is. She's great. Best wishes with your new project. Thank you for stopping by.

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  34. Yes! We never know when ideas will hit us!

    Great advice from Junetta! Thanks for sharing.

    Congrats to all the authors who are featured in the anthology. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Junetta sure does have great advice, Jess. I need to remember it. Thank you for stopping by.

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  35. Thanks for co-hosting! I ideas would just pop into my head too. Sometimes I remember them to write down later or jot them down right away. As a plantser this works for me because though I do outline, it's not like it's set in stone. So my character(s) have wiggle room to tell the story, so new story ideas generally flows with the story instead of work against it.

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    1. I enjoy being a co-host, Lidy. Isn't it fun when those new story ideas occur? Thanks for stopping by.

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  36. Thank you Beverly for co-hosting this May post and for your sound advice on novel writing and publishing. Wishing you an inspired month. Take care, stay safe.

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  37. Thanks for co-hosting! I like when inspiration hits out of nowhere. It's usually something I couldn't figure out by sitting at the laptop.

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