Wednesday, December 1, 2021

#IWSG: What Stresses or Delights You?


It's hard to believe, but it's December and the last Insecure Writer's Support Group posting of the year. No worries, though. We will be back in January and if you'd like to join us, GO HERE to sign up. 

Thank you Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting this event every month, and thanks to this month's co-hosts who make it all possible: PJ Colando, Diane Burton, Louise – Fundy Blue, Natalie Aguirre, and Jacqui Murray!

If you're struggling with what to post, here is this month's optional question:

In your writing, what stresses you the most? 
What delights you?

The lack of confidence in my current WiP stresses me out. Part of me wants to skip this book, which is the 2nd draft of book 2 of the series. It needs a lot of work, such as fleshing out the characters to make them feel more real, and establishing a firmer sense of setting... but I've lost interest in it. And that's a huge amount of work to put into something I've lost interest in. 


Instead, I want to start a new series (already outlined) from the beginning and add the details as I go along, those details that I know are missing from my current WiP as noted above. I think (hope?!) that the details will keep me grounded in my own story, unlike in my current WiP. "They" say to get the words down fast and go from there, but I'm wondering if that's not the best way to write for me. 

But, I have to finish my current WiP...DON'T I😵???

What would you do?

Do you write fast, then flesh out? 

Or write slow, and include all the details? 

What stresses you out?

What delights you?


  1. I think I write slow, going back to add and edit.

    If the story is really stressing you, hold off for a bit and work on the other one.

  2. I write slow and edit a lot as I go because I like it more. When I'm really stuck, I just put a note or an X there so I go back later to fill it in. I agree with Dianne that you may want to work on the new project that excites you.

  3. Let the one rest and go with the one that is calling you.

  4. I agree having a lack of confidence in our WIP's can really stress us out. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas in advance, Gwen!

  5. I agree with Alex.

    I am a turtle writer, so I do world build in the first draft. However, since I'm a pantser, I also find myself going back many times to fill in the blanks or when the characters and storyline changes direction, I'm always moving things around.

    Merry Christmas

  6. Happy IWSG Day, Gwen! I'm with Alex ~ work on what's calling to you. You can always go back to the other one, maybe with fresh and more enthusiasm. Enjoy the holiday season!

  7. Looks like everyone is saying what I’d say—work on the project that’s got you excited. As for how to do it, I generally try to make a a pretty adequate outline/plan for my books, then write fast and have to go back to flesh things out. But having a good idea what those details are/should be helps even as I speed through the messy draft, though many may of course change when the time comes.

  8. I would go with where the words are working for you right now. Sometimes stepping away from a project energizes you for it. Or you see it in a new light and the missing details come right to you.

    Enjoy your holidays!

    Julia Quay

  9. I'm a skimpy writer so there are always spaces... missing info...
    I'm also v-e-r-y slow, so there's that too.
    Go with your gut, is what I say.
    Enjoy your holidays!

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