Work Happens Because of You #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
Happy IWSG Day!
Thank you to the IWSG hosts for the month of June: SE White, Cathrina Constantine, Natalie Aguire, Joylene Nowell Butler, and Jacqui Murray!
Thank you to you, and thank you to the wonderful IWSG hosts who are spreading the writing love this month.
What I know
One thing that anyone who’s ever been close to me knows, I don’t give up easily. Being a mom, working full time and then some extra time when I have to, not every day goes as I wish. Some days though I do manage to free up some time, and I take advantage of it, whether I’m in my car waiting for my son to finish Taekwondo class, or quickly accessing my story for a brief 20 minute writing marathon on my computer. I make it work. Writing helps me get through life, and I have to make time for that.
This month’s question asks, “When the going gets tough writing the story, how do you keep yourself writing to the end? If you have not started the writing yet, why do you think that is and what do you think could help you find your groove and start?”
Goals. A plan. A few inspirational books in my genre are always within reach. I can’t write every day. Some weeks I’m lucky to slip in a day at all, but I know when these days are. I do have a plan. Other weeks, I may have three days I can spare thirty minutes, an hour, sometimes two. I’m not one to sit down and write for hours and hours at a time anyway. But I do carry a small notebook and I brainstorm for 5 to ten minutes whenever I can squeeze it in to map out a new journey in a scene. When I can’t think of a place to start, I always seek out a book that inspired me once. I read a favorite chapter and I study the structure. That in itself, gets me moving.
So what about you? What jars you into focus? What helps you get back into a scene when you have to step away for a bit?
The spring has passed now and I do have time to get back to writing. This last week was really good to me. I think I turned out 2600 great words and lots of scene development. I see the end of my story. Maybe I’ll be done this summer? I’m not sure. I can try. That’s all we can hope for some days 🙂
Happy IWSG Day. Don’t quit. Seek things around you that bring you energy. Look for inspiration at your fingertips.