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Happy IWSG day and good luck to all those participating in NaNo this month!
Like some of my blogging friends, I've had to step back from the blogging world this year due to unexpected twists and turns in life and I haven't been able to write as much as I'd like either. I'm hoping 2018 will be more fruitful in terms of writing output.
Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project?
I've never participated in NaNo. To be honest, I've never been tempted enough to give it a lot of thought or make the committment. Maybe one day. Kudos to all those that do it.
Wishing you all a super month, whatever you are doing!
I love this time of year and watching the landscape change colour. Yes, it also means its time to get the woolley hat out and polish the boots, but it's worth it. For me, autumn brings about new ideas and inspiration for my writing.
It was Autumn 2015 when I felt inspired to write an autumnal crime story. I entered it in a competition and was really proud of what I'd written. But after three years of rejections I expected another one - and I wasn't disappointed. However, I really believed in the story and turned it into a 20,000 word novella. It lived on my harddrive and was very happy there. Bless. But...
In summer this year, yes two years later, I received an email out of the blue from the editor of a woman's magazine asking if I remembered the competition entry from 2015!! Of course I did and I was thrilled to accept her offer to work on it and submit it as a four part serial. AND, I sold it!
The reason why I'm sharing this experience is to let people know that when things get tough, just keep going. The writing journey is ruthless but good things can happen, and it's important to hold onto that thought. Even more importantly, enjoy the process and take pride in your work.
Happy autumnal writing!!
For the past
two months life has been turbulent due to unexpected developments, mainly
positive but nevertheless has led to lots of reorganisation.
comes insecurity. Can I really do this? Is this what I want? Will I achieve
success? The list of niggling questions
is endless, and has been challenging my inner strength to the max.
hindrance is a lack of time. I’ve had to move back my deadline for my second
novel in order to pursue other opportunities that have presented themselves, as
well as fulfilling other responsibilities.
That leads me
to this months’ IWSG question: What are your pet peeves when
reading/writing/editing? Easy answer – a lack of solid blocks of time to do
any of these three things. Other things always seem to crop up, and usually all
at the same time, which can be rather overwhelming. So the key is to become
proficient in juggling time, be extremely organized and prioritise effectively
– oh, and cut down on sleep 😉
Does the unexpected catch you off guard and force you
Today is the first Wednesday of the month and IWSG day! The IWSG
is a safe place for writers to express their fears and insecurities in a
supportive environment. Join us at
www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com And don't forget to sign up for the
IWSG Newsletter - it's filled with great advice written by writers for writers. Thanks to everyone at IWSG for all the hard work.