Wednesday, January 8, 2014

First IWSG of 2014--Too Many Ideas, Too Little Time

The title of the post says it all. My insecurities this month are that I'm:

  • Too slow at writing
  • Too much of a perfectionist to get the most out of the few short hours I get every week to scribble something down
  • Too easily distracted by social media
  • Too concerned about what others think

However, my head is full of ideas. I mean, all it takes is a drive down the road and the right song and I've got another idea! The main ones look something like this--

  • 3 sequels to THE MAGIC WAKES (Science Fantasy)
  • YA Contemporary Science Fantasy
  • Romantic Suspense
  • A Space Opera
  • YA Contemporary
  • 2 Novellas for Talia's world (one connecting, one historical)

That's 7 full length novels of conflicted characters fighting for space in my head. They aren't waiting patiently for their turn, and that's making it hard to concentrate and WRITE. Then there are the short story ideas, but we won't get into that this month.

I didn't quite finish Search For Knowledge (one of the sequels) in December, but I'm really close--4 more scenes to reach THE END. My goal is to finish it by Saturday. Fade Into Me (the YA contemporary scifi) needs another 10K words or so to reach the end. Hopefully I'll get into it again next week.

Every day I must make myself sit down and write. 
I will finish those two stories in January. 
This will clear some brain space. 

It sounds like a good plan right? Then why is it so hard?

I need someone to push me. Someone to email me and say, "Did you write another scene today?"

Anyone willing to do that?

I'm also heading up a blogfest on Unicorn Bell this month.
You can learn all about it and sign up for it HERE. Posting will be any day the 20th through the 24th, and I'll highlight some of my favorite posts on UB during the week. So get them up early!

Purpose of IWSG: 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 #136.

Also, in case you've missed the Facebook page...