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Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Freewrite Time

This is my monthly post as part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a great group of supportive writers, helping one another through our writing ups-and-downs.

There is also a great Facebook Community for more daily connection!  More posts from the group are tagged on Twitter at #IWSG, and be sure to check out the Twitter account and the new Instagram as well!

I’ve been doing a lot more reading than writing of late…. Reading and yarn-play. But I am starting to think about my writing again in earnest. Thinking about what kind of writing I most want to do, what medium I want to use (I’ve been really thinking about returning to pen-and-paper writing for a while, especially as I’m easing myself back into it), and what my writing goals are.  I’ve signed up for Camp NaNo in April, with the goal of writing 25k words of any sort. Just writing. It will mostly be free-write, I’m sure, but a month of spending just a little time each day free-writing, might help to spark something.

To help me get started I’ve been looking some at various free-write exercises I’ve acquired through the years. My favorite, the one I tend to go back to again and again, is to write with the start: “I remember….” I tend to write off of that until I start to run out of something to say and start the next sentence with “I remember….” Sometimes I mix it up by using “I don’t remember….” That prompt has led me to some fun and interesting stories!

What are your favorite writing prompts? Do you have a go-to-source for free-write prompts?

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Insecure Writer’s Support Group: I can wait.

 

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This is my monthly post as part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a great group of supportive writers, helping one another through our writing ups-and-downs.

There is also a great Facebook Community for more daily connection!  More posts from the group are tagged on Twitter at #IWSG, and be sure to check out the Twitter account and the new Instagram as well!

Optional IWSG Day Question: Besides writing, what other creative outlets do you have?

I keep reminding myself,

it’s okay if I can’t find the words just now.

The fog is clouding my ability to… word.

The energy is taken just getting through the day,

there isn’t even the smallest bit available to let the stories come.

Much less to wrangle the words already on a page.

And that’s okay.

I am doing my best,

with who I am and how I am,

in this moment.

The stories will return,

the energy will come back.

I’ll find a way, eventually.

For now I must be gentle.

Let go of the guilt and the sense of “should.”

 

In the meantime, I engage my creativity however I can.

Put hook to yarn, follow the designs of someone else.

Make a shawl, a blanket, some crocheted decorative piece.

Let the fun come in with color selection and pattern variation,

It takes less out of me than corralling those characters and finding that plot.

Insecure Writers Support Group – I can write.

This is my monthly post as part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a great group of supportive writers, helping one another through our writing ups-and-downs.There is also a great Facebook Community for more daily connection!  More posts from the group are tagged on Twitter at #IWSG, and be sure to check out the Twitter account and the new Instagram as well!

A really late post today… and a rushed one too.  It’s a crazy week at work and I totally forgot it was the first Wednesday of the month until the end of my lunch-break!

November was a rough month for writing – I didn’t get much done. And December thus-far isn’t shaping up well.  I’m hopeful that it will be better, that I’ll get myself moving on some of the projects I have in mind – but time will tell.

Right now I’m just reminding myself that I can write. I can even write well. 

And if that’s as far as I get this month, well, that’s going to be enough for the time being.

#IWSG – NaNo Time…

This is my monthly post as part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a great group of supportive writers, helping one another through our writing ups-and-downs.
There is also a great Facebook Community for more daily connection! More posts from the group are tagged on Twitter at #IWSG, and be sure to check out the Twitter account and the new Instagram as well!

This month… oh man, this month.

It’s National Novel Writing Month – and I really wanted to participate in it, but it already feels like life is pushing against me with that. I have a slew of health things that are making it challenging for me to write, and taking what energy I do have. I was going to write in order to just write, to get back into the flow of fiction writing, but I need to be gentle with myself right now, and that may mean not winning NaNo. There is still time – but a lot of the things I’m dealing with (pinched nerve in my back, and broken tooth among other things) aren’t going to be addressed until after Thanksgiving due to scheduling (nearly a month wait for an MRI, really?).

So writing sits on the sidelines. I am doing what I can, and that’s really the best I can do right now. It’s not the first time that I’ve faced the possibility of not succeeding at NaNo, when I look at my pattern over the past years I’ve participated I seem to succeed every other year. Last year I succeeded, but I’d really love to break that pattern and succeed again this year – maybe even with some potential seeds to use in the future.

I need to balance my health with my determination, and do the best I can.

(Typed during a commute… and posted late… because it’s that kind of week).

Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Life Events

wp-1462383471325.jpgThis is my monthly post as part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a great group of supportive writers, helping one another through our writing ups-and-downs.

There is also a great Facebook Community for more daily connection!  More posts from the group are tagged on Twitter at #IWSG, and be sure to check out the Twitter account and the new Instagram as well!

IWSG Day Question: How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?

I really appreciate this month’s question, it causes me to do some reflection on my writing in the past and some of those things that have been getting in the way of my writing in the present.

When I look back at when I started writing my stories down (because I let them play through my mind for many years before I started to put them on the page) I can easily identify how it was actually in reaction to something that was going on in my life. It was right near the start of High School. We had two sets of cousins visiting us, and I wasn’t really connecting with any of them very well. But my younger sister was.  She was having fun learning the Macarena from them, hanging out at the mall, and generally doing all sorts of things that I thought were silly and wasn’t particularly into at the time.

It was the first time I can remember when my sister and I didn’t get along. It wasn’t that we weren’t getting along, really, just that I didn’t feel like I had anything in common with her. Being the only two girls in a family with five children we’d always been “in it together.”

I’d had a built in friend my whole life, and suddenly I felt like I didn’t have anyone. So I turned to the stories. I wrote myself into worlds of my own creation as a method of escape. And it certainly wasn’t the last time in my life that writing helped me through something. Sometimes the stories would take a form of glorified journaling – a little escapism in moments when I was needing to sort things out. Sometimes they would be completely unrelated themes, but a way for me to find a space of calm in chaos.

But life events aren’t always so helpful in my writing. Sometimes they serve to pull me away from my writing. Lately I feel like that’s the state I’ve been in – I’ve let things that are happening in my life serve as excuses to not write. As can be seen if you read through my past year or so of IWSG posts, I keep setting these goals to write, and then setting more of them. Since I finished my novel-draft a few years ago I haven’t been terribly productive with my writing. There are a variety of reasons behind this, that I’m slowly picking apart and making sense of (or at least figuring out how to work with). Hopefully I’m actually making progress and will start seeing more writing again soon… at the very least I plan to participate in National Novel Writing Month again this year, and that generally helps me get some story-work done; even if I don’t end up doing anything with that work, my goal right now is to just get writing again — I don’t care if it’s something that will ever see the light of day. I just need to start getting stories flowing again. 

Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Waiting For The Magic


This is my monthly post as part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a great group of supportive writers, helping one another through our writing ups-and-downs.

There is also a great Facebook Community for more daily connection! More posts from the group are tagged on Twitter at #IWSG, and be sure to check out theTwitter account and the Instagram as well!

As I was sitting in one of my most magical places I was reminded of one of the challenges I sometimes have with my writing. There are many, to be sure; trying to fight through the “shoulds” and the easier brainless activities being two that have given me particular struggle lately.

But one that comes back again and again in my life is the thought that I need the right inspiration. I think about all those times where I’ve put a story aside because I just don’t have the inspiration. When I go out in search of the right place, the right time, the right activity, that will launch me into a perfect place for writing.

There are times in my life when that search has worked… but they are rare. When I think about it, really think, it’s far more common that inspiration comes when it is least convenient -in the middle of a class or workshop, when I’m drifting off to sleep, as I’m driving somewhere, in the middle of a show or when I’m in a conversation.

Where I went camping a few weeks back was one of those places that has often inspired me. Stories come through in that place, characters seem more vivid and alive. One of the things I love about camping there is that I can step away from everything, sit with no expectations on my and just let the story flow.

Of course, if I go there with that expectation then it doesn’t happen.

And then today, I’m at a conference in Arizona, and had certainly not expected anything of the fiction-writing inspiration to appear. But as I finish this post, looking out from my hotel room balcony, I find the stories stirring and know that the magic has found me – even when I’m not looking.

Insecure Writers Support Group: Slump

wp-1462383471325.jpgThis is my monthly post as part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a great group of supportive writers, helping one another through our writing ups-and-downs.

There is also a great Facebook Community for more daily connection!  More posts from the group are tagged on Twitter at #IWSG, and be sure to check out the Twitter account and the new Instagram as well!

 

Yikes!

August has snuck up on me. Completely.

I think my writing is suffering from some of the same issues that a lot of other pieces of my life are – I’ve been trying to cobble together the energy to make progress and find focus. I’ve spent the month just sort of stuck.

And that’s really all I have to contribute this month. I do have hopes that I’ll be able to make some more progress in August – push myself to edit a bit, or write something new. I want, at the very least, to start doing some journaling. Things have been so off kilter and out of sorts that I feel like i need to get some grounding under me before I reach too far.