Now that school's out, I'm reorganizing myself. I'm going to
I've also been dealing with some negative thinking about my writing. I go from feeling like I really have a handle on it—that it's good—to thinking I'm deluding myself and no one will like it. From believing my crit partners' compliments, to thinking they're just being 'nice' and not telling me how bad it really is.
I did read a blog post on story structure by @KMWeiland the other day that helped a little...particularly this quote: "Many successful authors write without any knowledge of structure, and their stories still work because they’re instinctively following the tenets of structure without even realizing it." Although my first two MSs need work, I'm wondering if I'm one of these.
Any time I read articles on story structure, plotting, etc., I'm reminded how little I've studied fiction. Heck. I've only been seriously reading it for two years, and only writing it for about a year and a half. I received credit by entrance exam for college Composition & Rhetoric I and II, the only Language Arts credits required for my nursing degree, and have never taken a formal writing course in my life. It's a legitimate question: How could I be good at this?
I guess the beta reads of Come Back will let me know. Assuming they're honest...
(Y'all know I'm speaking of the doubts that plague us, right? -not meaning any disrespect to my critters.)
Anyhow, I've decided to take part in Alex J Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group, a group of writers who post about their writing insecurities the first Wednesday of every month.
You can find Alex on Twitter here. The support group uses the hashtag #IWSG. Click on the picture to find out more. There's a linky list you can use to hop around to the participating blogs. (I'm #288.)
On a positive note, I've been spending time on Twitter, interacting and gaining quite a few quality, mutual followers. I've also started using the free version of Hootsuite to schedule tweets and manage my Twitter feeds, or 'streams' as Hootsuite terms them. I even dabbled with Tweepi to purge the dead Twitter weight, catch follows I missed, and learn more about the folks on my list. I'm not sure how much I'll use Tweepi on a regular basis, but it is definitely a time saver when dealing with multiple followers at once.
One last thing...
I'm exploring the use of music to help set the mood pre-writing, and to listen to while writing. I've included a playlist for each of what I've compiled so far. And I might as well admit it. I stole some songs from Carrie's playlist. :P
Now it's your turn to share:
- Tell us about your WIPs & tell us about your insecurities.
- Have you achieved any significant accomplishments lately? (awards, deals, pubs)
- What music do you listen to while writing or preparing to write? And do you prefer songs with vocals or instrumentals?
Feel free to post links in your comments—even links to your own site. Oh! And if you're from Alex's support group, include your Linky List # in your post somewhere. :)