Be Happy Where You Are #IWSG #AMWRITING

[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here

Thank you to our awesome co-hosts this month:Feather Stone, Beverly Stowe McClure, Mary Aalgaard, Kim Lajevardi, and Chemist Ken!

Check out our IWSG homepage for recent news and events.  And as always, thank you to founder Alex J. Cavaugh 🙂 


Happiness depends on what you think quote


Does writing make you happy? Is it the process of writing, the creative juices that flow as you find yourself spinning a new world, new characters, and all the possibilities? What is it about the craft that draws you the most?

I think for me, its the time I spend in another place, another head, and envision all the lessons I can share, or wish I would have learned for myself.  I think it’s diving into a problem solving world, and one I know I can control and change. 

Right now, I’ve spent the last ten months working with my editor to develop my manuscript into something I know I”ll be proud of one day. I’m not as far as I want to be, only 31K in. I wish I had twice the world count, but right now life is a balance. I can’t write all the time. I can have a schedule to help myself, but my schedule is sort of blown. 

This month’s IWSG question asks: : “Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?

I’m finding new routines. I don’t write as much as I want. But when I do write, I write with purpose and each minute is maximized. 

My routine goes as follows:

I have to have a cup of coffee.

Then I grab a few necessary props:  A favorite book in my same genre and same voice as my own work, my rough plot outline, and most recently my iPad. Lately my dogs can’t seem to let me work at my computer station, howling and crawling up my leg until they are both plopped in my lap with one of my fluffiest blankets.

Once I am in my perfect spot on the couch, I always begin writing the same way. If I’m creating new content, I first read a chapter in my favorite book and decipher what works and what pace the author set successfully. After I’ve read the chapter I turn to mine. I analyze my plot sketch.  I study my own flow and consider whether I’ve been too wordy and need to cut description in order to maintain a reasonable pace. I reread and adjust words. I adjust dialogue and add writing tags. I usually go paragraph by paragraph, writing then rereading, editing, and then on to begin another new paragraph. This technique seems to keep the character motive fresh in my head. It also helps me analyze whether or not what I’ve written is true to character.  

I write maybe a couple of days of week. Would I like to write every day? Definitely. But I don’t beat myself up.All we can do is be happy and do what we can with where we are and with what we have.

Happy IWSG Day 🙂

About Erika Beebe

Author, dreamer, and a momma to a couple of wonderful kids, I try to live life everyday in hope and inspire others along my way.

Posted on May 6, 2020, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Like you, I go back and edit up until the point where I left off, then I slide right back into writing.

  2. Jennifer Lee Hawes

    I love to plop down on the couch too. But soon after, the kitties crawl up and want to nap on my laptop. Ugh. They’re so cute, though! Good luck on the writing!

  3. When the editing is going well, I can slide right into writing new content fairly easily. If the editing is like walking over broken concrete in bare feet, the new content suffers. At some point, I have to move on to something else and come back later.

    My cats seem to think that my writing time means rubbing up against my keyboard and monitor time. Since my computer has a touch screen, that can lead to all sorts of disasters.

  4. I totally agree with you. I know I wish I was farther along in my writing journey, but I’m happy where I am right now. I”m so proud of you for trying to be too.

  5. Thanks for sharing, it makes a lot of sense. I like to get inspiration from a few of my favorite authors as well. When I realized I wasn’t quite producing the quality I wanted, I stopped and spent three years just reading. It really helped me develop that voice and the style that I wanted. I love the Arts, studying what has come before us is such a noble task.

  6. That is a wonderful routine. And I bet the dogs are more inspirational than distractive, don’t you think?

  7. Natalie Aguirre

    That’s awesome that you can write with purpose. And I love your writing routine. I may try it.

  8. I try not to edit as I go. The first draft is torture for me and I want to savor the joy of editing for the end.
    I really like the saying.

  9. Does writing make me happy? Yes, there is a freedom there I can’t find anywhere else. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  10. Your routine starts with coffee, I see. Mine does too. I only wish that my coffee led me to writing, as yours seem to do. Is it a special blend of coffee? A special recipe? Because no matter what coffee I try, nothing seems to result in a written page lately. 😦

  11. Steven Rose, Jr.

    What draws me most to writing is the exploring of new worlds and situations that come through initial story development (the rough draft). Also the feeling of creating a new world or universe like a creator god motivates me to write enthusiastically.

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