It's the first Wednesday and time for the Insecure Writers Support Group, whose mission is 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! IWSG is the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh Thanks, Alex, for starting this group and keeping it going. And thanks to this month's awesome hosts: Lauren Hennessy, Lisa Buie-Collard, Lidy, Christine Rains, and Mary Aalgaard!
Last month, I talked about being in the doldrums . . . not moving anywhere with my story. Stuck.
I’m happy to report that your comments were the wind that pushed me forward. You all commiserated, related similar situations, told me to hang in there, gave me encouragement. You suggested writing a sentence then a paragraph. Maybe 300 words. Free writing. Anything to get back in the groove. My long-time bud Nancy Gideon gave me a kick in the pants.
Here are other suggestions you so generously handed out:
- Set a timer for 5 minutes. Write stream of consciousness.
- Pick up an object and describe it for a blind person.
- Write in a character’s voice.
- Instead of writing on the computer, try pen and paper.
- And the ever popular: BICHOK (butt in chair, hands on keyboard)
The simplest idea that really worked came from Lynda R. Young. (Thanks, Lynda!). Open the file. I realized I’d been delaying opening the file for the WIP. Once I did, I started reading what I’d written, adding a word here or there, tweaking. Pretty soon, I got caught up in the story and added a few descriptions. Holy cow! I was on a roll. I got to the end of what I’d written and started writing.
Thanks so much for all your concern, suggestions, understanding. And the kick. The story is progressing. Slowly. Life keeps intruding, but I’m not letting it get me down.
You guys are the best.
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