Wednesday, December 2, 2015

IWSG: December Edition


**The Insecure Writers Support Group is a monthly gathering of writers to help encourage and inspire others by sharing our triumphs and concerns. You can find out more by clicking HERE and sign up if you'd like! We're always happy to add one more to our ranks! As always, a great big THANK YOU to our fearless leader, Captain Alex who created the IWSG and all the fabulous co-hosts for December.**

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Good morning! This is it, kids! The final posting of the Insecure Writers Support Group for 2015. Now, I know some of you are going to say that the year whooshed by and left your head spinning. I'm in the other, smaller camp: for me, 2015 has dragged by, not as slowly as last year, but slow enough for me to actually differentiate between months and seasons.

It's been a good year. A really good year! My husband and I survived our first year in a new city. I changed jobs and Jon found a career. Things are still a bit cramped on the homefront, but the Christmas tree is up, the decorations are out, and this Christmas will see us going home to visit family and friends. It's a much, much brighter scene than last Christmas.

Am I feeling insecure? Not at all. Even though I failed to produce a NaNo novel for the third year in a row, I'm ok. I hope everyone else who participated got out of NaNo what you'd hoped to accomplish. For me, I realized that writing frantically on a story I wasn't wholly committed to just to say "I did it" wasn't a good enough reason to write. In fact, November had me in a "I'd rather be sewing" state of mind. And sew I did (ba-dum-ching).

Now that the holidays are in full swing, I'm feeling the old tug of the muse. I've taken up pen and paper again and I'm slowly etching an idea into being. I've learned a lot of lessons about myself this year, one which hit me yesterday in full epiphany form and I'm letting it sauce and simmer while I explore it through a new form for me: the essay.

It's a lovely exploration of writing for writing's sake. Not for the pursuit of publication but for the sheer joy of emptying my mind and pushing words around on the page. Just to see where they'll lead. So far, the rabbit trail is nothing more than a faint dent in the undergrowth but I'm slowly following, slowly discovering and uncovering.

How are YOU, Dear Reader? Did you complete a novel in November? Did you do any writing at all or did you sit back and enjoy the season? Have a fantastic holiday season: Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, New Years' and anything I may have missed! I'll still be blogging up until the week of Christmas and then it's two weeks off to enjoy family, friends, and all the wonder. Then it's a bright and shiny 2016! I wonder what wonders we'll write?

Happy Holidays and WRITE ON!
All the best,

14 comments:

  1. You're right, not a good reason to frantically write just to say you won. Let the pace of the new story dictate how fast you write.
    I wrote several short stories this year and decided I enjoy them.

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    1. Thanks, Alex. I think, after all these years, I've finally found my writing pace and it's definitely not the same as everyone else!

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  2. Jen, I so agree about writing under pressure for one specific month. For me, writing is a part of my daily life. I write steadily throughout the year. Nice to meet you!

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    1. Nice to meet you, Melodie! Everyday writing is one of my biggest goals and has been for years. It always does battle with everyday reading and crafting! One day I'll find the balance between the three!

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  3. The holidays are kicking my trash, but in a good way I suppose. I'm so glad the muse came back to play. Yippee! Moving can be such a trauma to the writerly brain.

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    1. Oh this move was way harder than we ever thought it would be. But, we've made it over the one year mark and things are definitely much, much better!

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  4. I did manage to produce something during NaNo, but it is a long way from a novel. I need to rebuild the structure. The darn thing took off in another direction completely. :-)

    Anna from Elements of Writing

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    1. I'm glad you were able to get something written during NaNo. I got a title written then realized it just wasn't the time to write that story. Sounds like your novel is doing to you what my writing does to me every time. Sometimes I wonder if I should plan anything at all or just sit Dow with a pen and see what happens!

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  5. Insecurity is all a matter of attitude and you seem to have an excellent attitude. Keep up the positive thinking!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Thanks, Arlee! I appreciate the encouragement.

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  6. That's good that you find joy in your writing. I didn't participate in the NaNo either - I don't do artificial challenges - but I wrote several short stories and a novella that is sitting on wattpad at the moment, gathering readers. Over 600 by now.

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    1. Congratulations on the shorts and the novella! I used to love NaNo but the hectic pace and, as you put it, artificial challenge doesn't appeal to me anymore. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. "...the rabbit trail is nothing more than a faint dent in the undergrowth but I'm slowly following, slowly discovering and uncovering." Ah, written in typical Jen voice. This is what I'm talking about...the reason I love your writing.

    ...and I've never done a NaNoWriMo. I write too slow...
    Happy Holidays!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! You're so kind. I think NaNo and I are through. And I'm OK with that! Happy holidays to you!

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