IWSG - February 2016

The first Wednesday of every month is the Insecure Writer's Support Group, which was started by the ninja-captain himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh. Check out the IWSG page to see the list of others who participate (or to join!).

Well, I'm making good progress on the goals I set out in January! My short story for submission needs one more rewrite and a couple beta readers to tell me what they think, and then that will be good to go. And my writing group is tackling one of my manuscripts for each of the next three meetings, so hopefully that will give me some ideas and a rekindling of passion for the project that I can use to try to actually finish it!

I also got my Independently Published Authors Liaison membership through the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers this month. So that's fun :)

I've been reading The Paris Wife, which is about Hemingway's first wife Hadley. It's a beautifully written novel and I highly recommend it. But it's also providing me with a little discomfort, which has been interesting. Hemingway is depicted (as, I think, are many prolific/successful artists) as being wholly, life-consumingly, devoted to his art.

I guess this is a variation on the oft-bemoaned modern frustration with not being able to just do art.. But, I very rarely feel totally consumed by what I am writing. Certainly not to the exclusion of my relationships (or food!). But when I had the time, I didn't lose myself in my writing either. I had six months last summer to dedicate to writing, and while I learned a lot and did get some stuff done, it wasn't like I was obsessive. Does that make me less of a writer? Mean there's less chance that I have what it might take to be successful? Or is it merely a reflection of having more facets to my self than just my writer identity?

Not really sure what the answers to those questions are.. But there they are.

How are y'all doing this month?


  1. I'm certainly not obsessive when it comes to writing. I think you just have to be dedicated.

  2. I'm not obsessive, even though I am dedicated and work very hard on my writing. I love my husband and family far too much and value life. Balance is key! Great, thought provoking post. Thank you.

  3. I consider myself a "hobby" writer. Its fun, but life and work and things always get in the way. I had a year of unemployment and did not spend the entire time writing. I'm such a slacker!

  4. I'm not sure I've met any writers like that. I've seen occasional bouts of "I'm inspired, I gotta get this down right now", but not much more.

  5. I have not read that book yet, sounds interesting, will have to put this on my to read list - blessings!

  6. When it comes to writing, I'm not obsessive either. Sometimes it makes me feel guilty especially when others say they "sleep, eat and breathe" writing.


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