Three Rules for Writing? #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!

Somerset Magham Quote of Rules for Writing

Thank you to the IWSG hosts for the month of August: Diedre Knight, Douglas Thomas Greening, Nick Wilford, and Diane Burton!

Thank you to you, and thank you to the wonderful IWSG hosts who are spreading the writing love this month.

Where to Start

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to take an entire month, disappear into some sort of great meditative place, and commit myself to my thoughts, my stories, and let my fingers fly with letters, words and paragraphs.

Could I do it? Could you do it? Disappear for an entire month? Unplug? I’m not really sure. I’m afraid the Post COVID sprint has hit me and I find myself hustling blindly through each day, hoping I come out at the end with my arms and legs and body all intact. And my eyes? They make me dizzy some days, focusing on all of the fast-flying objects I pass along the way. 

This month’s post is geared to the National Novel Writing Month, this month. The question is, “Have you ever participated? If not, why?”

No, sadly, I’ve never participated. Maybe one day when the kids are off at college and graduated with their own lives, I’ll be able to focus on a solid month of writing. Fingers crossed.

Writing Update

It’s been difficult to finish the end of my manuscript. I’m so close. It’s outlined. I can taste the end, and I’m hoping I’ll get there by Christmas. We’ll see. My Freshman and Middle School kids are wildly busy. Dance. Marching Band. Taekwondo. Grades. They’re doing it all, and they’re doing it so well I want to be a part of it all.

Happy IWSG everyone! Keep writing and don’t stop! Even it takes more than a month, a year, maybe even 5? Oh my.

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 November 2, 2022, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I’m not sure I’d want to focus for a whole month on my writing like that. I’m too busy right now for NaNo like you are. I know you’ll finish your manuscript soon. It’s okay if it takes a little longer with everything you have on your plate.

  2. I hope you can find the time to finish by Christmas. With all those activities for the kids, I can see why you don’t participate in NaNo.

  3. Jennifer Lee Hawes

    You don’t have to be that committed, just consistent:-) I love writing during the fall months!

  4. Yeah, life has been crazy non-stop for me here, too. I envy people who can commit to writing that much in a month. I can do it sometimes, but it’s useless for me to commit to it. Life is too unpredictable, and if I plan for a target like that and miss it? I’ll just feel bad about it.

  5. I’ve never had time to participate either.

  6. And all of that will pass too quickly. There is time for NaNo down the road. 😉

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  7. Good luck finding time! I’ve been too distracted to write. I need to just carve out some writing time and do it.

  8. You’re so right about the post-covid attitude. I’m just not interested in isolating myself anymore.

  9. One of the things I enjoyed with NaNoWriMo was blabbering to my family and friends about my current progress and meeting up with fellow writers at 5AM for group writing sessions. Great sense of community with NaNoWriMo. But with those times, I didn’t have much need to constrain myself into writing a coherent story because I could fix it later… well, now that it’s later, I find I really do need to focus on keeping my wild offshoots in check, so no NaNo this year!

  10. No worries, it will all come together. Your kids will love you no matter when it happens 😉 Write when you can and enjoy the season!

  11. I never participated in NaNo either. I don’t want any pressure to associate with my fiction writing. I write fiction for myself, as pastime only. I have enough deadlines with my journalism.

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