Wednesday, 1 March 2017

IWSG (March)

Welcome to this month's gathering of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. The chance to share our own writing insecurities and help and encourage our fellow writers.

So, what am I particularly insecure about this month? Well, to be honest, it sort of relates to this month's question too!

I started off the year full of enthusiasm for my new story. I wrote 10,000 words and generally I was humming along quite nicely thank you very much. 

BUT, then I started reading through an old manuscript . . . one I hadn't worked on for a few years. And I fell in love with it all over again! A good thing right? I liked the characters, the plot was fundamentally sound and I got sucked right back into it. It does need a good edit and a bit of re-working. I feel my writing has improved so much in the interim time that I can see where I can improve things. Anyway, I liked it so much that I have spent my last few writing sessions working on it.

The only problem is, I'm feeling a bit guilty about my other newer manuscript. I have sort of left it hanging! Does anyone else do this? I suppose I can go back and work on it again later, but I think I owe it to the older one to give it a go. 

This month's group question is: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

Well, I think I have answered the first part of that question . . . you may have to wait a while before I can answer the second!



Thanks to Alex. J. Cavanaugh 

                                                              And this months Co-Hosts:
                                                                        Tamara Narayan
                                                                           Patsy Collins
                                                                             M.J. Fifield
                                                                 Nicohle Christopherson



23 comments:

  1. Just think Suzanne in the future you alreaady have a manuscript to fall back on. Most enjoyable post. Happy March.

    Yvonne.

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    1. That is a very good point, Yvonne. Thank you.

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  2. I'm kind of working on something old and something new at the same time right now. I'll let you know if that actually works.
    At least you know you have another story waiting for you when you finish or if you need a break!

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    1. Maybe we just have to go with what feels right at the time, Sarah. Thank you.

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  3. If that old one is pulling at you the hardest, run with it. Doesn't hurt to have a story on the side waiting.

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  4. The one that calls the loudest is the one to go to indeed.

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  5. Yeah, I agree with Pat, the one that calls the most - or try going back and forth - but that never worked for me. Good luck!

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    1. No, not sure working on both at the same time would work for me either, Karen. Good luck with the anthology.

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  6. Hi Suzanne - it's funny how one thing gets put down and something else gets picked up - the stories (the posts in my case) will each come into their own ... and where your creativity can take you right now is the way to go ... good luck! Cheers Hilary

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    1. Creativity is a winding and varied path, Hilary!

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  7. LOL. Unless you have a deadline, write whatever you love most at the moment. =) The day comes soon enough when you have to prioritize based on publication. If you don't have that pressure, there should be no guilt. ;)

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    1. Guilt free . . . I think you're right, Crystal thanks.

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  8. I did just that with this last one. Left one behind to finish it. I'll return to the other one soon! Good luck with both of yours.

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    1. I suspected I wasn't the only one things like this happened to! Good luck to you too!

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  9. Oh no! Nothing worse than suddenly falling in love with another story when you're still in the middle of your current one. Make some notes if you have to, but then get back to your current story and make sure you finish it.

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    1. Hopefully I finish them both, Ken. Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. I think all writers go back to other projects when they need a break from the current project. It's not like cheating on your significant other (although your muse may try to guilt you into thinking it is), so just write whatever you want. Just write.

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  11. Don't feel guilty for that. You'll come back to those 10000 words later. It's great to have choice! Enjoy it.

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  12. I'm currently working on two novels, and constantly go from one to the other! It is a little time consuming though, reading through the whole piece again, especially when you are fourteen chapters into one of them! Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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