Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Ready. . .Set. . .IWSG!
It’s time for IWSG - Insecure Writer’s Support Group! This is the brain child of the amazing Alex J. Cavanaugh, and is the time for us writers to seek or offer encouragement to each other as we journey our way down the writing road. And yes, writers need this! To join us, click above and sign up. You won't regret it.
The co-hosts today are Suzanne Furness, Toi Thomas,Rachna Chhabria, Donna Hole
This month, one folk tale pops into my head whenever I think about writing (which is a lot).
The Tortoise and the Hare!
No, not because it's Easter. And no, not because turtles are constantly crossing the roads here (seriously, it's like that old computer game Leap Frog when going to town. . .well, between turtles and squirrels that is. Where are they all going, I wonder?)
Anyway, this month has reminded me that writing/publishing is not a race. I don't have to write super fast like the hare. I don't have to stress myself out. Writing and the road to publishing is more of a test of endurance, persistence and simply sticking to it. The finish line is there, but there's no reason to dash for it like a lunatic...that only results in bad manuscripts and high-blood pressure (no, I didn't have this.)
So, take a sip of that lemonade, grab your pens and let the words flow as they will. Stories need their own time. Writing needs its own time (I'm ignoring deadlines imposed by editors and Co. here. . .)
Be persistent. Don't give up, and don't let those super-sonic-speed hares get to you.
And what about you? What feelings does writing give you this month? Pulling out your hair? Celebrating anything?
What insecurity do you have???