#IWSG – Looking Back

Hello all! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means:

IWSG-badgeIt’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

My hero, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this group and it has become a safe haven if you are an insecure writer.

Click the image if you would like to be a part of the #IWSG family. You won’t regret it.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.

 

 

The awesome co-hosts of the December 6 posting of the IWSG are Julie Flanders, Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner!

 

December 6 question – As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?
 
Where would I even begin? 2017 had a mix of everything for me although little had to do with writing. That makes me sad. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve come up with a lot of new ideas that I’d like to put to paper, but it never seemed to happen. If it wasn’t my health, it was something else.
 
If I could backtrack, I suppose I’d have done more to push myself in all areas of my life. I would’ve gotten more involved in taking care of my own health, rather than assuming the doctors had it all right. I would’ve gotten my depression under control a lot sooner and thereby giving my writing more of a shot. Unfortunately, that’s the woulda, shoulda, and couldas, and I’m not going there.
 
I’m going to try really hard to make next year better in all aspects.
 
What would you have done differently if you could backtrack?

 

 

 

Insecure Writer’s Support Group – NaNo Disappointment?

Hello writers and bloggers! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and it’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

       Click on the Image to Join!

Click the Image to Join!

My hero, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this amazing group and it has become a safe haven for all us insecure writers.

Click the image if you would like to be a part of this phenomenal group. You won’t regret it.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.

 The awesome co-hosts for the December 3 posting of the IWSG are Heather Gardner, T. Drecker from Kidbits, Eva E. Solar at Lilicasplace, and Patsy Collins!

I signed up for NaNoWriMo again last month, like I did last year. The difference was that last year, I won. This year, no. I completed 68% of my novel in the 30 days. Damn. I was every word you could think of. Disappointed. Pissed. Sad. Hurt. A Failure. It wasn’t like I didn’t know I could do it. I did it last year. Where did I go wrong

I tried planning this year when I am normally a pantster. I wondered if that had anything to do with it. I tried sticking to my outline as much as I could but would veer off all the time.

There were some unexpected issues I had to deal with personally and I planned an extended weekend long before NaNo, maybe it was that?

Then, the more I thought about it, the more I said to myself, why am I beating myself up? I’ve got over 34,000 more words down on paper (computer) than I did 30 days ago. I’m grateful, truly. It’s 34k+ words of hot mess, but I’ll take it, work with it, make stories, pieces tangible that I can submit, or even better – turn it back into the novel it was originally intended to be.

For those who participated in NaNo this year and made your 50k, whoop, whoop!! Congrats to you from me and all other insecure writers! For those who didn’t make the 50k mark, remember, you’re still amazing! Whether it’s 1k or 49k, you have more words on the page than you did when you started on November 1. In the end, we all came out winners! I’m already looking forward to next year. Perseverance and positivity is what it’s all about. Looking at the bright side of every situation.

Until next month, IWSG’ers.