Wednesday, March 7, 2018

March IWSG: Trudging Ahead, One Step At A Time

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. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG
I'm currently #40.

The awesome co-hosts for the March 7 posting of the IWSG are Mary Aalgaard, Bish Denham, Jennifer Hawes, Diane Burton, and Gwen Gardner!

My Writing World
I'm making progress! It's been so slow. I can't say I've felt that old rush of creativity flowing from my fingers like I did a couple years ago, but my brain is finally starting to get on board with my schedule. It knows that the mornings are for writing. Every day it's a little easier to get back into the story and add words, scenes, even chapters.

And you know what? For the most part, my drafts are a lot cleaner than they ever were before. Sure, there are plot holes, and sometimes I take off in a new direction that requires a rewrite before I even finish, but it's not all trash. That gives me hope.

Most of last month was dedicated to Eleena's story, until I got stuck again last week. I figured my brain needed time to process the direction I'd taken, so I switched to the romance. It's easier to work on two completely different stories. Anyway, Landscape Love has really taken off. And since I'm spending the day in Eureka Springs today, I have a feeling I'll be extra motivated to keep working on it until it's finished. I love that little town and all the people I created to live there.

My insecurity level is dropping as I make progress on my goals. Little things like a sunny day, a walk by the lake, and a clean house have really helped.

What helps you get in the writing zone?

March 7 question - How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/ finish a story?
I don't know that I do anything specific other than tell everyone I know that I'm finished. Seriously, my family, friends, people I go to church with, Twitter and Facebook, basically anyone who will listen will get to hear that my story has reached THE END.

Then the begging starts. "Who's willing to read and give me feedback so I can make it better?"

I guess buying a cover is also a way to celebrate. Although, I have purchased covers for stories I haven't even started. Call it motivation! For instance, I've already bought the covers for the next two River Ford stories...

Almost finished!
Two scenes written, LOL