Wednesday, 7 March 2018

IWSG (March 2018)


Thanks as ever to Alex and this month's co-hosts:

       Mary Aalgaard, Bish Denham,Jennifer Hawes, Diane Burton, and Gwen Gardner

First an update on last month's post! I have managed to write this month and it feels good. I know where the story is going so I feel more positive. Not quite finished the first draft but soo close now - maybe about three thousand words so should easily be achievable before our next posting!

I'm feeling a bit insecure about my blogging presence of late though. I seem to have slipped to posting only once or twice a month. I still enjoy interacting and visiting other blogs but coming up with my own posts has been trickier.  I want to write a post because I feel inspired to do so rather than just produce something because I feel I have to. So, for now, I will probably continue in the same way. Does anyone else ever feel like this? Is it OK to just post when you feel like it or should I try for a better schedule? I would be interested to read your thoughts.

How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal / finish a story?

I can't say I do any one thing in particular but a bit of chocolate or glass of wine is always a nice little reward.

28 comments:

  1. Oh, that's so awesome about all the writing you've been doing! Congrats! Hope the final 3K words come smoothly for you...

    As for blogging, I always just post when I want to, so if that's what you feel inclined to do as well, there's no need to worry about imposing a schedule on yourself, I think...

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  2. I've been through many bloggin droubts and now only post once of twice a month. It's my happy schedule so, like you, don't want to force myself. I do post authors if they ask so I many post more on those weeks, but it's not 'me' it's them so easy to add to my schedule. No point forcing ourselves to add more. I'm not sure people 'need' more from me. lol!

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    1. Yeah that's how I feel sometimes! I what rather have something interesting to say.

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  3. I've been in a blogging slump, too (haven't posted since last month's IWSG). I'd like to post more but sometimes I just don't have ideas. I think it's ok to post whenever you feel like. It's your blog, after all!

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  4. Post when you want indeed, your blog in the end. Being ahead I avoid any slumps haha

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  5. I am celebrating by making people aware of the International Women's Day, hope you will do so to x
    #internationalwomensday

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  6. Glad you are getting so much writing done. I think it's okay to blog once or twice a month. A lot of people do. But maybe be on a schedule so your friends know when to look for your posts. And maybe write about good books you've read when you've run out of ideas. We all love books. Just an idea.

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  7. I'm feel the same way. I rarely have anything to say. I do like the Fridays Celebrate the Small Things because I can at least post some tidbit. Also, as much as I like to blog hop, it takes up an extra-ordinary amount of time...

    I'm so happy to hear you're making wonderful progress on you writing!!! Keep up the good work!

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    1. The Friday Celebration is a good hop - sadly I haven't even done that for a few weeks!

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  8. Post when you feel moved to do so. I think the monthly IWSG posts keep a lot of people in the loop with posting.
    Awesome progress on your story.

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  9. Congratulations on the writing! That's always a good feeling. I'll go along with celebrations that involve cake and wine.

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  10. It seems we all give ourselves small rewards along the way. My rewards are like yours. If I ever actually publish something, maybe the reward will be much bigger.

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  11. Hi Suzanne - well done on the writing - that's great and good news. Blogging as and when is fine ... when one's settled in ... and this group of bloggers is wonderful for their support - cheers Hilary

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  12. So happy to hear that you've been able to get some writing done this month. Well done! As to whether or not blogging when you feel like it is okay or not, I suppose it depends on why you're blogging, right? If it's part of your promotional platform for a book, then you probably want to go with more frequent and regularly scheduled posts. If you're approaching it as a hobby, something you're doing for yourself, then post whenever you feel like it and don't sweat it. In any case, happy writing to you, and happy March!

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  13. Chocolate and wine are the best ways to celebrate a milestone.

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  14. I'm feeling the same way you are. If not for the IWSG I don't know if I'd even still be blogging. I don't want to lose touch with the great bloggers I enjoy visiting but I can't really think of anything to post about myself.
    Congrats on the good writing month!

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  15. Blogging can be a time suck. Your blog, you do what you want. I do things like IWSG and Weekend Writing Warriors since I love to keep in touch with fellow writers. In the end, it's your choice. As far as celebrating, I need to do that more, even for little victories. As someone told me, be kind to yourself.

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  16. Chocolate and wine is how we celebrate!

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  17. I'm about 4000 words from finishing my ms. I can't remember if I celebrate. I must. It's been awhile since I've had anything new. So, finishing this one will be great. I understand about time. It waits for no man.

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  18. I put writing my novel as a priority, right after my family and copy editing by deadline for some folks. Then finally comes blogging and social media. I enjoy blogging, but I get behind the same as you do. I think I have one post in March, and it was posted today. :-)
    But the thing is, I had all those other priorities, and a lot of family things have come up-- sick relatives or friends, daughter needing help, husband wanting some of my time. It happens :-)
    I don't worry about getting behind on my blogging, or not keeping an exact schedule all the time.

    I do try to post new book reviews on at least two Wednesdays a month, but, of course, it didn't happen this month. I think it won't matter too much until I actually have a published novel, and a publisher who is harping about my needing to get my name out there. So as of right now, while I'm still a nobody, I blog when I find the time and that's it.
    Have a good day and don't stress.

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  19. I've been blogging less than I used to although now it's April so I'll be doing A to Z and blogging daily. Then back to my minimal schedule of blogging.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out (A)

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  20. I bet it feels good to be so close to the end. I'm nearly there with one of my WIPs and I'll be so happy when I hit that milestone. Congratulations in advance!

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