IWSG - October

Insecure Writers Support Group is a monthly opportunity for writers to support one another, gripe, whine, cheer, and jeer about this crazy thing we do. It was created by Alex J Cavanaugh, and this month's super-fab co-hosts are: TB MarkinsonTamara NarayanEva E. SolarShannon Lawrence, and Stephanie Faris.  

So... I started a new job a few weeks ago. Awesome! I had a lovely six months of sabbatical, during which I learned so much about writing. Craft, and business, and found a writing group. Fantastic. During that time I started gearing my blogging more toward writing-centric topics, because that's what I was doing at the time, and it's what I'd heard people (fans?) enjoy reading - about the process, where you're at with writing, etc.

And I started dreading writing blog posts.

Not my IWSG posts, because those are more about connecting with other writers. But the ones about what I was up to and how my writing was going, and interesting tips or things I'd learned? Ehhhhhh... Not that I don't care about those things, but I don't seem to care to write about those things. And so my blogging slowed.

And then, the weekend before I started my job, I attended a writing conference. Awesome! Met incredible people, learned a lot, watched a gal from my new writing group place in the top five of a competition. So great. I pitched one of my novels to an editor and she requested a full manuscript.

Holy. Crap. Let me say that again - she requested a full manuscript. Not just the first couple chapters. The Whole Thing. So freaking amazing! I never in a million years imagined that my first ever-in-my-life pitch would result in a request for the full manuscript.

Said manuscript is currently in a first-draft pantsed version that is in no way ready to be seen by an editor, agent, or anyone else.

I'd rather write about places like this than about writing,
ya know? (This is from our Mt. Zirkel trip in July)
So for the last three weeks I've been getting accustomed to my new job, schedule, etc, trying desperately to figure out how in the heck I am going to edit the pantsed beast I have on my hands, and utterly ignoring my blog.

I've made a decision. I'm going back to my blog being about whatever random thing I want to write about - recipes, hiking photos, thoughts on current events. If people want to hear about writing progress they can sign up for my email list. Hopefully this will mean that blogging goes back to being a fun thing, and I can feel less anxiety about writing as a whole.

And then maybe between now and next IWSG I will have something written on my blog that isn't just about how much I suck at blogging.

What do you do when you've lost focus on your blogging or other writing? Any fun accomplishments lately?


  1. When life or writing obligations get too heavy, I drop the blog. It's so much fun and the writers I blog with are wonderful, but sometimes other things have to come first . Now since blogging is my one and only marketing tool, this may not be smart, but there are only so many hours in a day.

  2. That's awesome about the full manuscript request! I find blogging is a lot easier when you just let yourself write about whatever you want. When I'm trying to come up with some meaningful post about writing, I don't always have an idea.

  3. That is awesome! Wow, totally unexpected. Focus on that manuscript and to heck with what's going on here. (Although glad you posted for the IWSG.)
    You know, just because you write doesn't mean you have to post writing stuff. (You know I don't!) Whatever feels comfortable to you, post that. Because if you're not excited about it, no one else will be.

  4. Congrats on the full request. That is awesome. My blog lacks sometimes weeks in a row so I don't have that obligation to post my progress. Blogging should be fun, not work. At least not work very often.

  5. Better the blog slows down than you fall behind on the rest of life.

  6. Writer's conference- cool. Manuscript request-- AWESOME news. I enjoy keeping my blog about more random stuff because that's more true to who I am. It might mean that it isn't as good of a selling tool. It certainly means that it will never be the most popular place on the web. Since when have I cared about being popular? So I say rock on with your fun random.

  7. I think you are ABSOLUTELY correct in going back to the blogging format that works for you!

    Readers know when they're reading "forced posts" and who wants to be forced to do something anyway!

    Congrats with the full request and "break a keyboard!"

    Best regards,

    Mark, (official slacker co-host :)

  8. Blog about what makes you happy. I rethink my blog 1-2x a year.

    Awesome news on the full MS!! Break a pen!

    Thanks for the blitz, and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  9. I wish I had more time for my blog. It's had a few big changes since I started in 2009. I hope your writing is going well.


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