Wednesday, August 3, 2016

IWSG: First Endeavors

Today is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day. If you'd like to join, go HERE.

Thank you to Alex Cavanaugh and this month's co-hosts for their kindness in seeing that everyone is supported and part of the group. Please stop by and say hey.

This month's question is: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?

Since I've always marched to the beat of my own drum and am a horse of a different color and all that, I went straight to the heart of my desire; novel writing. Givin' Up the Ghost was my first venture into publishing. As is, it has mostly 4 and 5 star reviews on Amazon, but I'm really itching to take it down and rewrite it because I know I can do better. Still, the first draft was flat as a stale soda pop. It was written in third person the first go around. As a test, I rewrote part of it in first person POV. Then it came alive! It was so much better that I rewrote the whole thing in first person.

I'm feeling good this month with no new insecurities--just the old ones that pop up from time to time. I'm actually getting some work done thanks to my CP, Angela Brown, holding me accountable--and vice versa. Without her I'd be chasing the next new shiny idea!

How did your first piece of writing go?

Is it published?

How's your writing life going?

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

IWSG: On Not Quitting

Today is the first Wednesday of the month which means it's Insecure Writer's Support Group day. If you'd like to join, go HERE. Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh and his minions who put time into this worthy cause every month.

Last week I was feeling pretty down about this whole writing life. I wasn't happy with my writing and or progress. It's a vicious cycle of not enough time to write or improve because of the day job and too tired at the end of the day to feel creative. Realistically, my writing time is only on weekends.

I've been doing a lot of thinking about what I'd like to write and am sort of admitting and accepting the limitations of where I'm at skill-wise and time-wise. And even though I'm not happy with it, I don't want to quit. Or can't quit. Or whatever this thing is that keeps driving me to write.

That's a good thing, right?

How is your writing going?

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

IWSG: Back in the Writing Saddle

It's Insecure Writer's Support Group Day! Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh and everyone who puts this event on every month. They sure do put a lot of work into it and it's much appreciated. If you want to join, go HERE.

I do believe I might be at the end of my writing studies journey. As far as actively studying the craft goes, I mean, because the learning never ends. I finally just read On Writing by Stephen King. I don't know why I held out for so long. I don't read horror, so I don't read Stephen King as a rule, so there's that. But I do recognize how talented he is. Anywho, I loved it! He's down to earth and witty. And of course, a great storyteller!

And it always comes back to story.

I don't know what the heck I've been going through for the last year or so. I come up with ideas and then I outline and move on to the next idea and outline again. I have about four outlines, people! Based on about four different ways of writing an outline that I've read about in my studies. LOL. I don't even know where to start. My brain is on overload.

But at least I feel like I am ready to start writing again. I don't know if my hiatus hurt or helped my writing career, because I know I should have been writing every day to sharpen, hone and improve my skills. In a way, I feel like I'm starting over. But at least I have some better tools! And after I get that rust out, I think I'll be okay.

Ever been on writing hiatus?

How long did it take you to get back in the groove?