Wednesday, October 5, 2016

I'm A Happy Turtle - An IWSG Post


 
Happy Insecure Writer’s Support Group Day! It’s October already. I guess that means I have to admit that my favorite season is finally over. Fine. You guys can have your pumpkin flavors. I’ll still hang on to the hope that Mother Nature will deliver me a beach day when I’m not working and don’t have migraine. A girl can dream, right?



I’m in a good place with my writing. It’s amazing what a few weeks can do. This month I’ve got a set of characters in my head that are screaming to come out and play. This is the fun part of writing. The pantsing part that I love. Just type some stuff out and see what happens.



Plan it? Outline it? Who me? Nah. I’ll pay for that lack of preparation later I’m sure. But right now, well right now this is way more fun. I’m in no hurry. I write because I love to do it not because I have to do it.



My second self-help book is also coming along. At a turtle’s pace. It’s making me do a lot of reflecting on the past and that can be somewhat emotionally draining but that’s also why I write a fictional book at the same time. It helps provide a much needed distraction from the real life stuff.



So, yeah, this month I’m a happy turtle. Even if it’s gonna be cold soon. Stupid fall. Stupid winter. Where's summer?



The question of the month: When do you know your story is ready?



I don’t. Even though I had encouragement from my rockin' CP, I still couldn't do it. It took my husband telling me that I was procrastinating out of fear for me to finally hit the publish button. Thanks babe!



How’s your writing coming along? Are you a pantser too? Are you looking forward to the colder months or are you just as unhappy as me?

Scheduling note: I’m working today. I’ll be by to visit everyone later this afternoon. 

 




This has been a post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. It's a chance to talk about our fears and doubts, or inspire others by sharing our success and happiness.  We’ve got a great bunch of people in this group and we’d love to have you join in on the fun too.  A big thank you to it's creator, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

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41 comments:

  1. Of course it's at a turtle's pace!
    If you're in a good spot and happy writing, don't change anything.

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    1. That's me, the tiny turtle, working steadily along. :)

      I'm in a great place right now. Exactly where I need to be, so yeah, I'm with you, I'm not going to change a thing. Except maybe my font on my new computer.I can barely see what I'm typing right now. haha

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  2. That's what husbands are for. We need our cheerleaders.

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    1. He's my biggest supporter and my biggest cheerleader. I'm grateful to have him!

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  3. Always great to read when someone is happy. Yay!! But you and I are on opposite sides of the seasons issue - I rejoice every year when summer finally ends. Don't hate me. ;)

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    1. You are just like my hubby. He loves this weather. It could thirty degrees outside and he's still wearing shorts! The battle of the thermostat will begin soon in our home ;)

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  4. I know the ending but other than that I just write away, no plotting for me. Most is done in my head though. Sounds like the writing is coming and that sure is fun, even if you slipped a migraine whine in there lol had to.

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    1. You know I have to sneak in a mention of a migraine or two in there just for you Pat. Otherwise what fun would it be? I have an inkling about the ending and a basic plot line but other than that...it's all up in the air for me. It's just so much fun that way. Well, until the editing process starts.

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  5. I'm one who is so happy that the summer is gone because I hate the heat and it was one very hot, humid, dry summer. Now I can go out and not sweat which is nice. I think any writer would love to keep editing and changing it up due to the harsh critic within all of us.

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    1. I agree with you, it was a very hot summer here too. Our A/C kicked went into overdrive this year. It's no wonder we're having to get it repaired. Ugh. I'm not a big fan of editing because it takes so long but I did learn how to appreciate it more as I did it.

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  6. I'm looking forward to spring already.
    Love that time when you get to meet and play with your characters before having to settle down the the >real< work, glad your writing is in a good place :)

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    1. Me too, Angela. It's not even cold out and I'm already looking forward to the warm sand and cool ocean water. This really is the best time for me with my characters, that getting to know you, mold you, part. Glad you can relate :)

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  7. Hi Elsie - so glad your second book is on its way ... must be encouraging that you're reaching out so well ... Good luck with that turtle walk ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you, Hilary. It's been good to reach out and help others through my writing. I'm hoping to reach many more as the months pass :)

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  8. I love the fall. My brain shuts down when it's too hot out, or in, so I'm much more productive on days like today: cool, soft, drizzly. As for pantsing, I'm paying the price you spoke of now--weaving together plot threads, lopping off extraneous characters and subplots, etc. It's a bloody business, but I kind of enjoy it. Happy writing!

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    1. Actually, I am a lot more productive in the fall/winter than I am in spring/summer...so I'm with you on that aspect. But still, I do love my beach time. I'm so sorry you're having to do that painstaking process of editing after that fun madness of pantsing. Good luck to you!

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  9. I'm with you. Give me more summer. I don't need 'everything pumpkin.' I'm a pantser too and I think that's why my first drafts are so bad.

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    1. I just saw the forecast for my area for next week; it's going to be so cool outside. Boo hiss! I dread being back in jeans instead of shorts!

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    1. Exactly, Andrew. Slow and steady wins the race.

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  11. "Stupid fall. Stupid winter. Where's summer?"

    Ah. A woman after my own heart.

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    1. I dread the upcoming cold weather. I want to feel the warm sand between my toes again!

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  12. Yay, happy turtle!
    I happen to love winter and fall. But I hate bundling up. I've gone out in a t-shirt in th middle of winter; my neighbors say they catch pneumonia just looking at me.

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    1. You're just like my hubby. This is his favorite time of year too. He'll stay in shorts until January. I don't know how you guys do it. I'll be bundled up in a few weeks ;)

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  13. Sounds like you are plugging away!

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  14. Hi, Elsie! It's always fun to hear that someone besides me starts writing without a plan. That's why I write my outline much later in the process. I simply don't do well at writing an outline and sticking with it. My characters will revolt and take over. They reveal themselves to me. I like all the seasons, but my husband totally agrees with your thoughts about winter! Good luck with your second self help book!

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    1. It's so good to know I'm not the only one who has their characters talking to them as they write. They just take over the story as I go and let me know what's going to happen to them. It's such a fun journey! Thank you!

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  15. I'm proud of you for all the good progress. I tend to work on humorous/playful stuff while plugging away at the emotional s...stuff too. It makes for a nice balance.
    Love you, my friend.

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    1. I agree, Robyn. I have to have that balance while I work on the emotional crap or I'll end up an emotional wreck.Don't want to go there again. Love you, friend!

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  16. i think you did great ,i never write with plan actually i cannot absolutely

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    1. Thanks, bali! I can't plan either. Just a basic idea is formed and I go from there.

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  17. You know what? My tightest outlined novel was my fastest. Just saying.

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    1. That may be why it takes me forever and a day to write my books ;)

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  18. I love the part when my characters are saying come out & play and I do. The pantsing part is the best. Just writing and having fun. Getting those characters to behave is another story. oood advice from your husband.

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    1. Yes! When the characters are running around, doing what they want, that's so much fun for me. I know I pay for it in the end and have to do a ton of editing because of it, but man, it's so much fun!

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  19. Coming from a place that had moderate temperature, always, but with terrific summer season lasting for more than 6 month, winter and monsoon are the most pleasant times for us to look forward despite mosquitoes menace. Me too glad to say I’m a happy turtle too... I believe taking time will deliver best. Hope things come out of your favor :)

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  20. Awww yeah, so happy to hear the pantsing is underway! I can't wait to see it, whenever you put pen to paper. Or fingers to keyboard?

    I'm more of a planning/outline kind of guy, but that's just me. If you saw how many loose notepad files and maps and timelines I have laying around you'd think I was a digital pack rat.

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  21. If you are happy about your writing I think you should take your time to plan when it suits you ~ It wouldn't be fun if writing is all about obligations ~ Take care Elsie ~

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  22. I like your style. It's the approach I use for the most part except that I never seem to finish. Well, at least I finish some blog posts.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  23. Sorry your favorite is over. I'm one of the those pumpkin spiced fools, only mine is homemade as I cannot eat or drink out. But who cares, homemade rocks.

    Very cool that you use writing fiction that way. As for when a piece is done, I just know. I feel it. It's done. Or, it's done for me and I'm good to go. Kinda like you know about a good melon. That way.

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