It’s the first Wednesday of the month and time for another posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
Once upon a time, there was an IWSG question…
What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started writing?
Fake it ‘til you make it.
Being awesome, that is. Some days writing is hard. Some days you’d rather watch a Legends of Tomorrow marathon than tackle the rewrite of chapter ten. Again… (Remember: a reward system does work when you’re a reluctant writer.)
Having a to-do list also works – especially when I do the hardest thing first every day. You only have so much energy to spend each day, so doing the important things (usually the hardest things) first, means you can do the drudgery work if there’s time left (like answering those pesky emails). Doing it like that, you’ll magically have written more than if you did it the other way around.
Some things are harder than I thought it’d be when starting out. Some projects take years of writing, rewriting, beta readers, rejections, critique partners and more rewriting to get right. So when something feels overwhelming, I follow this advice:
I’ve been pretending to be different people looong before I heard this advice… LOL.
For more inspiration, check out this 19 minute video. I like watching it every now and then to feel good about what I’m doing with my writing.
Neil Gaiman 2012 Commencement speech: Make Good Art
Any valuable lessons you’d like to share?
IWSG BOOK CLUB ON GOODREADS:
Our book club is changing things up!
We will have quarterly book selections now, giving us more time to read. We will also have one fiction book selection and one writing craft book selection. Members can read both or choose between them. Finally, we won’t be offering 5 optional discussion questions anymore. Instead, we will be utilizing the polls that our members enjoy, so there will be one poll question for the fiction book and one for the non-fiction book on Discussion Day.
Our December/January/February reads are…
Ghost Light by Joseph O’Connor, a book written in second person. Since many readers haven’t read a book in second person, and many writers haven’t written in second person, we figured this is a great chance to explore something new.
Preparing to Write Settings that Feel Like Characters by J Lenni Dorner. This will be our writing craft book, with a focus on settings.
Discussion Day for both books will be February 24, 2021!
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