Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Insecure Writer's Support Group

As always, thanks to awesome Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting this event. Please go and check out the other fine folks who participate. As writers, we need support and inspiration and this is such a great group.

Being a writer is rewarding, difficult, frustrating, annoying, joyous, exciting, depressing, you see where I'm going. It's a roller coaster ride, but we wouldn't do it unless we loved it. We are told to write everyday to strengthen our craft, but the thing is not all of us can. Our lives and situations are all different so we have to find creative ways to do this. Sitting down at a computer and typing my little heart out is not always something I can do. Don't get me wrong. I want to, badly. If I had an agent or a book that was under contracted then I would have to sit my household down and say, "Look, this is my job." But in my house, well you know, no pay means it's a hobby. Anywho, I find other ways to do this.

Writing on the go is what I like to call it.

Get a journal. You know the little book with blank pages. Also, grab a pencil. No. 2 always works, but any kind. Take it with you wherever you go.

"Then what?" you ask.

Look around you. It doesn't take much. For example, you are at a museum with the kids. When you sit to have a snack, take it out, and try to describe something you saw in one of the exhibits. Get picky and try to write your words as a painter would paint. Make it real. Sure, your kids are there and I'm not saying totally neglect them, but if they are sitting quietly (I know this is a little unrealistic and quiet is up to the parent to define), eating, take 2 seconds and write a bunch of words. No rules. Just write.

Got a plot changing idea and you're waiting for your little guy in karate. Work it out. Pull out your journal and jot the thought down.

Another idea is to bring a copy of a chapter with you and work through the issues on paper. That way when the time presents itself so you can sit at the computer and type your little heart out, you can. Things are worked out and it will be easier to work through.

I think about my stories pretty much all day. I have more ideas than I know what to do with. Yes, I have Post-its everywhere. The thing is we are all different and our situations are too, so do what you can and you will get to where you want to be.

Do you write on the go?

What are your tricks?

I'm still writing, guys, so sorry again for M.I.A. I'm trying for a once a week post and I'm getting there.

Have a great day!!

9 comments:

  1. Write words as a painter would paint - very profound!
    I don't take note as often as I should, but I do jot stuff down when it hits me. It starts making the story real for me.
    And thank you, Christine - you are one of the most faithful IWSG participants and I appreciate that!

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  2. Haha...I talk to my phone when I'm driving; you know, record myself a message. Then, or course, I forget I did that and find it months later. #faceslamsondesk

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  3. I adore writing in SPRINTS. The reason is actually mostly because it is a family worthy excuse--they call me and I can say 'mom is sprinting until 8, then I can help you'. I do it with a Facebook group called Writing Sprints R Us--you are welcome to join if you'd like!

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  4. Wednesday March 6th, 2013

    Dear Christine,
    Nice to meet you! This is my first time participating in IWSG and I happy to read your post an find someone who is tackling similar problems: How to find time to write.

    Amen to your pencil and notebook, that you carry with you. I am also always getting ideas while waiting for the children at school or at their music lessons. A solution to a plotting problem can come to you when you are at the dentist or the grocery store. You don't want to miss those spontanious thoughts. Great idea to write them down in a bound notebook in pencil.

    I still have a long way to go, as I have not even finished writing my first novel, but I have not given up my dream of getting it published.

    I have been in the process of self-education since November when I gave up the idea of NaNoWritMo. I have been learning a lot from several 'how-to-write-novels-books'. (Seriously, it's true!) So I will probably post a list of these craft books that I have read and plan to read.

    I'll have to take a break from writing my novel until I finish this course at university. I need to get a job and earn money too.

    I'm so glad I decided to join IWSG!

    Best wishes,

    Anna

    AnnasAdornments for Insecure Writers March 6th

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  5. Keep writing and best of luck with it :)

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  6. I dictate notes to myself on the go, but that's about it. Does that count? :)

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  7. I always have a notebook with me. I actually love writing a scene or two out by hand so that when I do get a chance to sit and type I have a starting point which keeps me from getting distracted by Facebook etc.

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  8. Writing on the go used to be the only time I could write. I'd get in the school carpool line 40 minutes early and sit with a notebook and pen (I like the G2) and write. I never go to a dentist or doctor's office without a pen and notebook.

    Even now that my kids are all in school I find myself writing in spurts. I sit and write 20 minutes and then clean something. Write 20 minutes and play with the dog, etc. It's hard to change old habits.

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  9. I love it when hubby drives and I sit and write in the car. There's something about getting away from the desk that spawns so many ideas.

    Keep writing whenever and where ever. I'm so glad I signed up with the IWSG. Nice to meet you.

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