3.04.2015

IWSG? Already??

How is it at all possible that it's time for another Insecure Writers Support Group post? Where in the world did this month go so quick? And next month is the April A-Z Challenge? Egads.

(do you ever feel like your life is going really fast and how are you going to do all the things you want to do and there are so many things to see and stories to tell and agghhh..)

This last weekend I attended my first writing workshop! Well, my first since middle school creative writing camp, anyway.. It was a three day intensive, so we met for three hours Friday night, eight hours Saturday and four hours on Sunday. It was a loonnnnnggg weekend, but so deliciously educational and fun. Going back to regular ol' work on Monday was rough. No lie.

I spent the whole weekend working on the second of my two NaNoWriMo projects. Specifically on developing my hero character and having consequent revelations about how those developments impact the plot of the whole thing. At the end we had to read aloud a three page concept document and I was SO nervous! I haven't really done that kind of sharing with an unfinished project before.

I got some really great positive and constructive feedback. One of the things people said was that I could make it into three novellas, rather than one long novel. And I LOVE the idea, but oh man it's going to be some work. I'm totally stoked to do it, now just to find the time..

What projects are you trying to find time for this month?

This post is part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, a bloghop dedicated to writers supporting one another through this crazy thing called 'being a writer'. They're a good bunch - check my buddies out!

21 comments:

  1. I envy you for going to a writing workshop.

    Chopping up a story into three novellas is a good idea. Doing that will bring you more readers and more interest. :)

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  2. I'm trying so hard to get the first draft of my WIP done before A to Z in April. So much to do.

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  3. I agree about time zooming past at almost the speed of light. Last month I groused about not working as much as I should on my WIP. Thanks to the "kicks in the pants" from my friends & fellow writers, I got to work and the story is going great. Good luck to you!

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  4. Mostly trying to edit a novel before April. I didn't even know there was an A-Z challenge. I have to admit it looks pretty scary. Good luck!

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  5. This whole year is flying by. Scary! It's so hard to keep up.

    My goal is to have my novel ready for my editor by the end of the month. It's lofty, because I'm still fixing a few plot problems, but I think I can do it. I've also scheduled a "writing retreat day" while my husband is at a conference. I will hole up in the hotel, away from my house with all its distractions, and write like crazy. I'm also drafting A-Z posts, and right now they're sort of messy.

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  6. I'm trying to keep up a regular posting schedule this month, then work on my A to Z posts, and then there's this fanfiction I'm working on....

    This ought to be fun.
    God, Entertainment, & Annoying Things

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  7. I vote for one novel (for what it's worth!). Series always seem tough to me. I always have to find the first book and read it...and then I forget to read the second book when it comes out!

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  8. Yeah, I watch my kids grow and it augments that feeling of time flying!

    This month I WILL finish a short story and move on to the second book in my Sendek Saga. The short story is up to 12900 words so I'm off to a great start. All I need to do is fill in the gaps, shave off all the unnecessary junk and pass it over to beta readers. :)

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  9. Congrats! I, too, find this year is going by much too fast. What happened to February?

    It takes guts to share your work with strangers. Just a tiny bit of advice...sit on their suggestions for a bit and then see if you still agree. Whenever I get new feedback on my work, I get all excited and want to make the changes right away, but if I let it sit for a bit, I sometimes find that the changes won't be great for that book.

    Either way, good luck! Revising is always tough.

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  10. I hope you take their advice. I'm sure there will be great results. :-)

    Here's my link if you'd like to drop by :-)

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

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  11. Sounds like an awesome time. =)

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  12. I once read a short story, written in a week, to a class at Gotham Writer's Workshop in NYC, and I was terrified. It was awesome. I got incredible feedback and one girl even said she held her breath during the most intense part of the scene. There is nothing more invigorating that getting positive feedback, especially when it's on an unfinished project! Congrats!

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  13. It's funny you say that. I'm working on a novel that was intended to be three separate novellas. And my muse told me it made more sense to squish them together. Funny how that works. I'm sure it was a long weekend, but very beneficial, ay? Glad you got the opportunity to go and grow and learn!

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  14. Aren't workshops and conferences fun? I LOVE going to writer's conferences-the very air is alive with creative energy! Have a great time re-working (you're just making them shine brighter :)).

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  15. Three short ones may be just the thing, rather than a big chunk. Trying to get through a series to be able to get back to what I was supposed to be writing before I got taken over by these characters.

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  16. I don't know how the time goes by so fast. I wish I had Hermione's time turner. I'm starting on a blog tour, and I have A to Z posts to write, and then there's my sadly neglected WIP... sigh.

    Congrats on the great feedback you received! That's always inspiring! Have fun with it and good luck shaping it into whatever form works best!

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  17. That sounds like my kind of "camp" experience. It must have been such an intense, yet rewarding, thing to do.
    Play off the Page

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  18. That's cool you got some great feedback. Three shorter books might be the way to go. You could release them close together and get momentum going.

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  19. Getting support and positive feedback truly injects enthusiasm and confidence in one's goals. Congratulations. Blessings.

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  20. So great that you read in front of the group. That can be so hard! Glad you got good feedback, and remember, when it feels like you can't go on (three novels instead of one! whoo hoo!) that agents/editors love series!

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  21. I envy you the time at that workshop. How wonderful to be able to concentrate on your writing and receive good and constructive feedback.

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