The first Wednesday of every month is the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Posts go up the 1st Wednesday of every month. Check it out here and join if you need support with your writing. Don't forget to stop by and say hello to the co-hosts: C. Lee McKenzie, Erika Beebe, Lisa Buie-Collard, Sadira Stone, and ME!
This month's optional question is: What's the strangest thing you've ever googled in researching a story?
I know I've googled some weird things, but every time this question comes up, my mind goes blank. I can't even recall the last thing I googled for a story! Talk about frustrating. I really ought to write down my searches so I can properly answer this question.
As for my writing insecurities, well, I'm on a roll and my insecurities have been quiet these past few months. They must be plotting something! There's no way I'd be having this much confidence with writing without it coming to bite me in the butt. I dunno. I'm trying not to fret and be doom and gloom while things are going well. That's just asking for things to go wrong.
I don't have much else to say, so I'm going to sign off. Be sure to check out the other hosts this month. Let me know how your writing has been going lately. What's the weirdest thing you've had to research. Oh, and I have a giveaway going over on my YA blog and you should totally check it out.
The first Wednesday of every month is the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Posts go up the 1st Wednesday of every month. Check it out here and join if you need support with your writing. Don't forget to stop by and say hello to the co-hosts: Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Mary Aalgaard, Madeline Mora-Summonte, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!
Last month, I was enjoying a break from insecurity. I honestly didn't expect it to last long, but surprisingly, it has. This month, I'm not feeling terribly insecure. (Although, sales do still suck, but I at least got a few unlike last month.) There was a point I did worry my productivity was going to tank because I wasn't writing every other day like planned.
But I took a moment to think, and instead of panicking, I reorganized my schedule. Now, instead of writing every other day, I'm writing Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. That small change got me back on track and I ended up writing almost three thousand words this past Wednesday!
It got me thinking about how easily we panic when things start to go wrong. I could have fretted over it and tried to force myself to stay with writing every other day. Especially since it had worked well when I started. But by stepping back and allowing myself to change my work flow, I got back on track quickly. I don't think that would have happened if I hadn't swapped my writing days. Sometimes what works well, only works for a little while then we need to shake things up.
How has your writing been this month? Did you see the monthly question? Do you have a writing schedule that you stick to no matter what or do you have to swap it around every once in a while to stay productive?
The first Wednesday of every month is the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Posts go up the 1st Wednesday of every month. Check it out here and join if you need support with your writing. Don't forget to stop by and say hello to the co-hosts: Gwen Gardner, Doreen McGettigan, Tyrean Martinson, Chemist Ken, and Cathrina Constantiner!
This month's question is: If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?
I really just like to sit and home and write because I'm usually alone and no one can disturb me.
I'm not feeling insecure at the moment in regards to my writing. August was a great month (if I don't look at my sales dashboard. Heh.) It's left me feeling pretty confident, so I'm going to enjoy the feeling until it passes. After all, it's not often we writers feel this way. If you're having a lapse in insecurity, my advice would be to enjoy it with me!
This is a short and sweet post, but before I go, I'd like to give a shout out to an upcoming event I do every Halloween: Trick or Treat Reads.
It's an annual event where authors give their books out for free like candy. Readers go from blog to blog and collect their treats. Last year, participation was lacking, so I'm hoping by mentioning it here, I can get more interest. Full details are over on my Patricia Lynne website. If you have a free book and want to sign up, use the form below.
How are your insecurities this month? Leaving you alone or sitting on your shoulder like an annoying pest? What's your answer to the monthly question? Can to join me for Trick-or-Treat Reads?
PS: It's my brother's birthday today. He would have been 44 today. Happy birthday, Big Bro. I miss you. <3
The first Wednesday of every month is the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Posts go up the 1st Wednesday of every month. Check it out here and join if you need support with your writing. Don't forget to stop by and say hello to the co-hosts: Renee Scattergood, Sadira Stone, Jacqui Murray, Tamara Narayan, and LG Keltner!
It's my first IWSG post for this blog! At my other blog, last month I had talked about my decision to split my pen names. I wasn't certain at the time, but as you can see, I quickly decided. I don't dilly-dally. I'm a bit terrified. Will people follow me here? Did I get everything set up? Is this a mistake? Did I just waste a lot of money? Lots of questions I don't have answers for. But, for now, I'm enjoying the excitement of a new start.
This month's optional question is: Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you'd forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming?
I've definitely had my writing take me by surprise. A story I'm working on editing, The Cure, was a surprise. It was only supposed to be a 100 word drabble. Another story had a character surprise me with what he said. I'm still not sure why I was shocked. The character is in my head and yet I had no idea he would say what he did until I typed it? That's some serious channeling. o.O
Have you ever made a big change with your writing? Did it work out for you? What's your answer to this month's question?
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