Wednesday, November 2, 2016

November IWSG

It's day two of NaNoWriMo, which means I'm busy writing and probably not wandering around blogs very much. Sorry about that. I have words that need to be written! It's also the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group post.

What am I working so madly on this November? Several things, which will (hopefully) add up to 50K. My primary project is wrapping up Interface, a YA Sci-fi story that has plagued me for several years now. Or maybe it's the annoyed look by my daughter that has plagued me...because I haven't finished the book she wants to read. In addition (or if that project goes sideways yet again), I have a proposed possible epilogue for A Broken Race that I might toy with, a short story that's due by the end of the month and possibly the beginning of book 4 of The Narvan. Projects are not something I lack. Motivation and time are my enemies. Thank goodness have an entire region of guilt monkeys to keep me on track during NaNo.

So this months ISWG question is: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?
Getting lost in my own world. Not during the first draft, because really, I'm figuring out that world as I spew words onto the page. I mean during edits, when I start fleshing things out, connecting the dots, and really digging into my characters. The hard part of figuring out what the story is is behind me and at that point I can sink into the subplots and make things deeper, darker and more meaningful. At this point the story is for me, and that is my favorite part.


  1. Yeah. I like the editing better than the first draft as well. The first draft has so much flailing and uncertainty. I need to have all the pieces present so I know how they fit together.

  2. Me too! First drafts sometimes flow, sometimes must be pushed like stubborn mules out of the barn. But once something's on the page, I make steady progress toward the vision I have of that story. Wishing you happy writing in November.

  3. Hi Jean - good luck with all the goals ... sounds like finishing the book would be a good idea, then you won't get interrupted by your daughter and can just write .. cheers Hilary

    1. Not being're funny. But yes, I am working on that story and sneaking in a couple shorts here and there.


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