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IWSG For March – Time For Spring Cleaning

Hidey-ho all my blogger buddies! Guess what. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means! It’s time for my posting for The Insecure Writer’s Support Group #IWSG which was founded by the incredible Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, our resident Sci-fi master, author extraordinaire, and all around in-house celebrity nice guy. InsecureWritersSupportGroupThe purpose of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is give all writers a safe haven where they can express their doubts, concerns and insecurities without fear of appearing weak or foolish. We can even celebrate our triumphs and successes!

Posting is the first Wednesday of every month and you post your thoughts on your own blog. It is an awesome group to be a part of and I have been a proud member since I started blogging last year. If you are interested in becoming a member of our élite group of insecure writers, please click on the image and you will be transported to the #IWSG site where you can add your name to the list. This is a blog hop, so whenever you post, make sure you visit other insecure writers and offer them support as well.

This month’s  #IWSG co-hosts are: 

I’d like to thank our co-hosts for doing an amazing job this month!

I’ve been very busy these past few weeks. I was extremely proud to share my NaNoWriMo win on my December post for the IWSG. Um, yeah. Out of those 50,091 words or so, I’ve probably chucked about a quarter so far and will probably dump more before I’m done. Kind of like the Spring cleaning I’m going to be doing shortly; packing away the winter stuff and bringing out the warm weather wear… Hey, I can dream!!

Mind you, the work is nowhere near complete, but I guess Ernest Hemingway was right, “The first draft of anything is shit.” Aside from the fact that I had a bunch of useless junk in it, I also noticed that while I was reading it, my POV has a tendency to shift every so often, which is frustrating as hell. It’s bad enough that I have to really focus on what I’m doing so I don’t wander, but every so often I go from third person to first and don’t even realize it until I’m in the middle of reading the story; makes me want to pull my hair out. I’ve really got to get a grip on POV. Sometimes I feel like a toddler trying to swim in the big kids pool.

I’ll admit that while I haven’t been able to write or blog most of December through the better part of February, I was able to get in a lot of reading; not only novels that I’d like to review, but books on the craft of writing as well. I bought another copy of Stephen King’s On Writing, the original I misplaced long ago, and The Elements of Style, which is turning out to be a priceless tool for me. I’ve also been doing some research and looking at various writers resources because I know that I have weaknesses now that were not present before my hemorrhage, mainly focus, attention and memory.

My one promise to myself this New Years was that I would self-publish something and it would be good. It may not be a novel, but I will be happy with a short story or a novella. I think I’ve put so much pressure on myself to be the person I was before, and truth be told, I will never be the person I was before. I’m not going to look at it as a bad thing though. The things I used to take for granted before, I don’t anymore. So it’ll take me longer to finish my works and that’s OK. I’ll make sure I have good people behind me reviewing and editing them so when I do finally put out my project, it will be something I can be proud of.

I’m just curious, does anyone else have a lot of trouble with POV? A little is understandable, but I seem to be all over the place at times. I do know that first drafts of anything are always bad, but if almost half your manuscript is unusable, isn’t that worse than bad? I’d appreciate the truth on this, gently, of course.  🙂

That being said, that’s all I have for this month’s post for The Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Please feel free to comment and if you are interested in being a part of this phenomenal group, as I stated earlier, just click on the image above to join.

Until next post, Ciao!

35 thoughts on “IWSG For March – Time For Spring Cleaning

    • Hi Catherine, Thanks so much for the visit and the comment. I appreciate it. I’m always looking for new and interesting blogs. 🙂 I need to be more diligent in checking my spam folder. Unfortunately, that is where I found your comment. WP is usually very good with things like this. So, I apologize for the slight delay in my response. I’m sure we will be getting to know each other well. Have a great night. Lily

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  1. The current rough draft I’m writing (I have just skipped over editing my NaNoWriMo book for now because I had this new idea that wouldn’t let me sleep) is all in first person…but it alternates between past and present tense by chapter. When I re-read parts I realize I’m not staying on course with my timing. It is frustrating, but completely understandable (I think).

    Good luck with your edits.

    Leanne Ross ( readfaced.wordpress.com & @LeanneRossRF )

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    • Hi Leanne! Thanks so much for visiting and for your comment. It’s good to know I’m not alone. It sure is frustrating, but I’m doing my best to take it in stride. Best of luck with your new work!! Have a great day! Lily

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  2. I don’t really have a problem with POV shifting, but I do think I have a problem with differentiating between characters when I’m writing multiple POVs, like my characters all think the same and the only difference is the name on the page. Good luck with the revisions, and I would also like to second what Father Dragon said about Moody Writing. There is a wealth of writing knowledge there.

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    • Hi Jennifer! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. I appreciate the words of advice, truly. I’m definitely grabbing Moody Writing now. Happy Wednesday and I’ll see you next month! Lily 🙂

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  3. I had a lot of trouble with POV when I started writing. But then I found very good articles that helped me a great deal to understand how it worked. I would recommend Moody Writing. He has a way to explain things that makes it fun and easy to understand. Plenty of valuable information there.

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    • Hi Father Dragon! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I’m definitely going to try Moody Writing. I need all the help I can get. Fun and easy to understand are magic words to me. Happy Wednesday and I’ll see you next month! Lily 🙂

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  4. Great work with spring cleaning with your WIP. I’m doing revisions now too. As for POV, I almost always stick with one POV which makes it easier not to head hop. As for manuscripts, I’ve had full novels that I chopped apart and turned out to be only short stories. You lose nothing by writing, even if just one little good idea comes out of it.

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    • Hi Christine! Thanks for visiting and commenting. I always try sticking to one POV also, but sometimes I end up using different ones without even realizing it. I need to keep practicing. Have a great Wednesday! See you next month! Lily

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