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.
The awesome co-hosts for the June posting of the IWSG are: J Lenni Dorner, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, Lee Lowery, and Rachna Chhabria!
Don’t forget to visit them and thank them for co-hosting!
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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!
JUNE 02nd QUESTION – For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?
I don’t know if there are many writers who write a “near-perfect” story in the first draft. For those who are lucky enough to be able to pull this off, I’m sure that they don’t need to spend too much time away from the first draft. This will also depend on what a first draft entails. This could differ from one writer to the next because some writers do intensive research before hand, while others start from scratch.
I suppose it would also depend on the length of the story: time away from the first draft of a 80,000 word story and time away from the first draft of a 15,000 word story? They’re two different beasts!
But I can’t be sure. I’ve never written an 80,000 word first draft.
Some writers say shelve the manuscript for at least two to three months, so that you look at it with a fresh eye. After all, you’ve been very close to the work for a long time, and you need to gain some distance from it to gain a fresh perspective. But what if that amount of time away from the story causes you to become de-motivated, or lose the “feel” for the story? Or what if being away for so long means you become totally disconnected from that story world? Logic dictates that insight will come when you are connected to the story. The more immersed you are in the story, the more insight you’ll have.
I look forward to reading what others have to say…
Happy IWSG Day!