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.
Don’t forget to visit them and thank them for co-hosting!
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.
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Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.
Remember, the question is optional!
NOVEMBER 01st QUESTION: Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published?
I’ve attempted two CampNaNo’s: July 2016 and July 2017. I won last year… but this year was disastrous!
I don’t think I’m a NaNo person. I know that the aim is to get those words down on the page and sort them out later. But I can’t get myself to write words for the sake of writing words. To me, that’s duplicating the work.
If you are a creature of structure and habit, then write structurally and habitually, and the reader will appreciate the structure and habituality underlying your work.
If you can’t write every single day, then write when it feels right. You’ll find that when you get into the mood to write, you’ll sit down and write for two or three hours straight. It won’t feel forced or like a chore, it just feels natural.
I’d say that my writing style is more that of a blended writer… organic and linear. I like to know where I’m going, but give myself, or rather my characters, room to wander about… go off at a tangent… and then hopefully find their way back to where they’re supposed to be. I’ll coax them along the way, as well as leave them to their own devices when necessary.
I’m now at the stage where I’m writing the end of the story and working backwards as I try to knit the story from either end to the middle. It’s important to try new things and see what works.
That’s how we grow and become better writers!
Good luck to all the NaNoWriMo participants! Are you doing NaNo? Have you ever tried to knit your story from either end to the middle in an attempt to cut down on the “sagging middle” syndrome?
Happy IWSG Day!