Wednesday, November 6, 2013

November IWSG, Nanowrimo and Shoveling Sand

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. I'm currently #162.

Also, in case you've missed the new website, or the Facebook page...just click the links. :)

I had visions of sharing more notes from the writer's conference I attended in September, but Nanowrimo is in full swing and that's occupying all my brain space.

The first five days have come and gone quickly. All I can say is, "Thank goodness for write-ins!" Thanks to a great run on Saturday I'm actually on track. I was only 100 words short of the goal when I called it quits last night.

However, going into day six, my insecurities are rearing their ugly head. I've got 8,000 words of sludge. Let me explain...My first drafts are full of telling, scarce on descriptions, gaping plot holes, etc. But I want it to be this awesome story that's playing out in my head.

This disease has dogged me all year. I've jumped from story to story, not finishing any of them. It's time to kick it, and finish something. That's my goal for November and Nano. Finish a draft of Search for Knowledge. Get a sludgy story down on paper so I can start revisions.

How am I going to push through?

By repeating this quote over and over. Every day, every hour of November.

"I'm writing a first draft and reminding myself that I'm simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles." ~Shannon Hale

So, the next time you feel like you shouldn't keep working on a story because it's so much junk, think, "shoveling sand"  and keep going.

That's what I'm going to do. Hopefully I'll end up with this.

What other things help you to keep writing when insecurities try to drown you?