Hello Fellow Writers
How’s the writing going? I love the first Wednesday of every month when I take an overview of my writing journey, thanks to the wonderful Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) started by the Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh. He explains the beginning and purpose of the group in this comprehensive post here.
I joined the IWSG in December 2019, when Susan Rouchard, one of my first friends in the writing world introduced me to the group. Ever since, I’ve tried to post regularly, and also be a part of WEP by Denise Covey, which is a great place to flex your writing muscles. Of course, I miss Susan who has been absent from writing for a while now. Sometimes, people we meet online, disappear and we keep wondering about them. I did that too, when I abandoned two of my social media accounts. Do you think anyone on those platforms tried looking for me? Did they care enough? I know of Jack Gilbert, from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book ‘Big Magic’ who never cared about being known. He would disappear because he didn’t want to be distracted by commotion and found fame boring. Of course, I’m nowhere close to him (haha) but when I think about him, I feel that to be non-existent must be more exciting than to be known. Or, am I thinking too much? Well, I just hope Susan too disappeared because she found ‘being known’ boring. And that, she is working on her wonderful poetry somewhere in silence.
I got carried away. So, I’ve been a little relaxed in exploring the IWSG, which I’m going to start doing now. It’s a wonderful resource for writers. In the latest newsletter I found this fun writing advice by Pat Hatt, titled ‘Poke a Hole in Your Bucket’, should you want to check it out.
Every month, the IWSG gives us a question to ponder upon. The question for June 1 is,
When the going gets tough writing the story, how do you keep yourself writing to the end? If 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?
I am not sure how qualified I am to answer this. Because my very first WIP whose first draft I wrote during NaNoWriMo 2021 has been calling out to me, and I’m, well, procrastinating. Telling myself that I need more research, and that the characters need some time off. After reading the above question, I’m only thinking I’ve been postponing the whole thing and giving myself lame excuses for it (like learning how to work on Scrivener). But this doesn’t happen with my short stories or poems. I’m always excited to reach the end. Do you think it’s the fear of handling a longer manuscript? I think this question today has made me ponder over the delay, and might just be the lease of life the manuscript needs.
What about you? How do you deal with such an impasse? Do tell me in the comments below. It might just be the light at the end of the tunnel for me.