#IWSG – Try, Try Again

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The Insecure Writers Support Group  is where writers can share their insecurities and encourage one another. IWSG was founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh and we share our posts the first Wednesday of the month. The awesome co-hosts for the June 1 posting of the IWSG will be Murees Dupe, Alexia Chamberlynn, Chemist Ken, and Heather Gardner! If you’d like to join in, just click the link above for the IWSG sign-up!


Last month was a bloody nightmare. Have you ever felt like the Universe is conspiring against you? Well, May felt like that for me. I was plagued by illness for half of the month – one whole week was just wretched. Then I had ‘net issues off and on all month (more to come this month as the IP is doing upgrades). And lastly, I didn’t complete the StoryADay challenge (I missed a whole week while horribly sick and just never caught up).

I could do what I’ve done so often – tell myself that I am a failure and go sulk in a corner for a few weeks, but I’ve decided that I am worth more than that. I am proud that I wrote 24 stories in May, plus did a lot of other writings too. I am also proud that although I was sick for about 15 days, I muddled through for 8 of those days even though I was getting sick and/or just recovering from being sick. So I will try, try again and not beat myself up.

And that’s the best advice I can give to other writers right now – try again. Failure means falling down and staying down. Success means to learn from the failure, pick yourself up and hit the road again.

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#IWSG – Seeking Balance

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The Insecure Writers Support Group  is where writers can share their insecurities and encourage one another. IWSG was founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh and we share our posts the first Wednesday of the month. The awesome co-hosts for the May 4 posting of the IWSG will be Stephen Tremp,Fundy Blue,MJ Fifield,Loni Townsend,Bish Denham,Susan Gourley, and Stephanie Faris! If you’d like to join in, just click the link above for the IWSG sign-up!


Last month, I was all excited for the A2Z Challenge to begin. I’d planned to write Science Fiction flash fiction for the entire month and I am pleased to say that I succeeded. I also have a wealth of stories now to go back later as time allows and expand them into longer pieces.

However, somehow during April, I got thrown off balance. Along with the flash fiction, I’d also planned to write poetry. I started off well, but I began teetering along that fine line between poetry and prose. I soon discovered that I was having a difficult time switching back and forth between the two. And so, I lost my balance. It could also have been that I’d just taken on too many projects. I did, after all, do two blogs for the A2Z, was trying to do the poetry, plus keep up with all of the other writing challenges that I normally do. The 21st was especially difficult for me and I almost missed the net. Somehow, I regained a bit of balance and completed the A2Z, but not the poetry. I’m not going to beat myself up over it though. There is always next year where I may decided to combine the poetry and A2Z so as not to get too off centered.

So now I am back to writing stories again for the StoryADay in May. I am still writing a bit of poetry, but now I can pick and choose when I want to write it. And I am still seeking that balance between prose and poetry. Hopefully, I will find it.

#IWSG – Embracing the Familiar

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The Insecure Writers Support Group  is where writers can share their insecurities and encourage one another. IWSG was founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh and we share our posts the first Wednesday of the month. The awesome co-hosts for the April 6 posting of the IWSG will be Megan Morgan, Chris Votey, Viola Fury, Christine Rains, Madeline Mora-Summonte, L.G. Keltner, Rachna Chhabria, and Patricia Lynne! If you’d like to join in, just click the link above for the IWSG sign-up!


 

Last month at this time, I was feeling all insecure and riddle with anxiety as I embarked upon a long writing project, namely my 31 day Noir-style WhoDunIt serial, The Stacked Deck. I’d only written one other lengthy project before, and I wasn’t sure I would survive the whole month and keep the story interesting. I am pleased to announce that not only did I complete the 31 parts, but I gained some lovely readers in the process who kept me going ’til the end.

This month, I am embracing some familiar territory – the world of Science Fiction. This is the genre that I most enjoy reading and writing. I’ve joined the A2Z Challenge and tasked myself to write 26 prompted flash fiction pieces. I am feeling pretty good about these.

The best advice I can give to anyone out there, after that harrowing month of March, is to step outside of your comfort zone once in a while and try something new. Not only does it challenge you as a writer, but it also frees up your mind so that when you do come back to the familiar, you are refreshed, renewed and ready to go at it again.

#IWSG -New Territory

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I am feeling a bit apprehensive right now. I’ve crossed into new territory. Most of my writing career (if you can call it that) has been spent writing poetry and short fiction. The only time I have ever written anything longer than 2000 words was back last April when I wrote a science fiction novella for the A-to-Z Challenge. It ended up being around 44,000 words. But you see, Science Fiction is my favorite genre to write in. I like creating my own worlds, making up my own rules and creating bizarre alien characters. I seem to be able to easily write Horror too. However, when it comes to writing mysteries, well, that is completely new territory for me. I love to watch mysteries, always have. But to actually sit down and write one myself? Nope, never done it.

Well, that is exactly the challenge I have set for myself this month. I like to do that sometimes. Challenge myself, force myself out of my comfort zone. It keeps me on my toes. So back in December, when I was plotting out writing projects for 2016, I came up with the bright idea to write a Noir-style mystery for the entire month of March, a serial in 31 parts. I began researching for it back in mid-February and last week, I worked out my characters and plot. As for the story itself, I am writing it each day by the seat of my pants, allowing the story to take me where it wants to go, but hopefully in the direction of my plot.

So why the apprehension? I am scared I won’t have enough story to tell for 31 days. I am scared I won’t keep it suspenseful and interesting. I am terrified that my main character will be too cliched and not original enough. I suppose all writers deal with this anxiety, but this is really the first time I’ve lost sleep over a writing project.

If anyone is interested, the story is called The Stacked Deck. Check it out, if you’d like. And if there are any mystery writers in our IWSG group who can offer me any advice, please do let me know. Until next month, I wish you all an anxiety free month of writing!

 

#IWSG – The Power of Planning

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This is my first time posting with the Insecure Writers Support Group, where writers can share their insecurities and encourage one another. IWSG was founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh and we share our posts the first Wednesday of the month. The co-hosts this month are:  Allison Gammons, Tamara Narayan, Eva E. Solar, Rachel Pattison, and Ann V. Friend.  If you’d like to join in, just click the link above for the IWSG sign-up!


 

Last month I didn’t do much creative writing. Instead, I participated in a few challenges. It had been a while since I’d done much writing, last May to be exact. So I really needed to get the creative juices flowing. When doing challenges, I will often find myself writing a poem or flash fiction story now and again and that was exactly what I needed. It worked like a charm!

This month, over at my Promptly Written blog, I am writing 29 prompted Horror Tales. I began prepping for this in January by asking my readers here at WordPress and writing friends on Facebook for prompt suggestions. They did not disappoint me! On the last week of January, I organized all of the stories so that when I began writing them in February, I would know exactly what to write on each day. I cannot begin to tell you how amazing this has been for me. I am usually a pantser writer and this is the first time I have planned out and organized my writing. I have a lot of writing projects lined up for this year, so this planning is necessary.

Next month, I will be writing a Film-Noir type WhoDunIt here on this blog. I have already begun prepping for it by watching some film-noir and contemplating my characters, plots and cliff-hangers.

My biggest fear is keeping the stamina going. The next eleven months are filled with one writing project after another and I just hope I can keep up. I’ve done a few writing challenges here and there over the years, but this is the first year that I have made writing plans for each month of the year. Wish me luck!