Wednesday, August 3, 2016
IWSG and Nose Dives
It's time for. . . IWSG!
What is that?
Well, for those of you who don't know. . .the amazing founder of this awesome group, Alex J. Cavanaugh, says it this way:
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
This month, I'm co-hosting along with Tamara Narayan, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Lauren @ Pensuasion, Stephen Tremp, and Julie Flanders!
This summer. . . or better said. . .
Summers in general are not my best writing times. Word counts do a flailing nose dive straight to the ground only to leave a huge splat of 'wished for' and 'desired' in all directions.Goals set in May, all those joined writing groups and even word boot camps end with what-nots and 'say whats' and 'yeah, rights' until there are less words in those MSs by August than I started with in the beginning of June.
Is that even possible? Yes... yes... I'm convinced words pack their bags and run away.
Far, far away.
But I'm counting summer as inspiration time. To write, we need to dream. Experience. Live.
Today's question is:
What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?
Like many writers, I've had writing in the blood since I learned to write the alphabet. And I have tons of little, silly stories from growing up. Each one, I was sure might make a great book. Kids love to dream!
The first thing I wrote, which I thought (in the beginning) I really wanted to send out to a publishing company, came when I was in college. It was a contemporary piece about a teenage boy and a difficult court case he was wrapped up in. . .based on a real situation.
Oh, did my fingers type away on that one!
Thank heavens the mess (a finished manuscript, I might add) has been shoved into a drawer and sits on the very bottom of some forgotten pile. Will it ever see the light of day? Golly gosh no! And I'm so much more than okay with that!
How's your writing been going this summer? Watch those words drift away on the waves too? Or did you get some amazing progress done?