IWSG #56: Just Trudging Along

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This post was written for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our encouragement or insecurities on the first Wednesday of the month, to join the group or find out more click here.

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Co-Hosts:

Patricia Lynne | Lisa Buie-Collard | Kim Lajevardi | Fundy Blue

OPTIONAL Question: What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?

My favorite question: Can I read your work?

It’s exciting and frightening (even now) and a leap of faith into the abyss. I get mixed reactions which can be hurtful, helpful and depend completely on the reader’s ability to share their thoughts constructively.

Wattpad has helped with this—a lot.

Worst question: Why do you keep going?

The answer is I don’t know.

I’m in the dumps when it comes to my writing. It’s hard to stay positive when the rejections keep coming. All my fault. I’m the one submitting. Anyway, so things have been tough. I keep writing though and that is good.

I’m struggling with my next project big time and don’t expect what I’m working on to go anywhere, but still keep going.

I’m like the mule that sees the carrot and knows it’s a trick. I don’t have the heart to stop. It would make it all too real. And the worst part is then I won’t move forward.

Sorry for being a downer this round. I just can’t help it.

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Pacing (Non-Toolbox Post#2)

Pacing Trouble:

Many things can destroy pacing. The reader could be struggling the the dialogue–slang, accents, etc. Slogging through an info dump or getting caught up in bad grammar and worse punctuation. But what if that’s not the problem.

If the language is clear, and poses flow, how can there still be a pacing problem? 

When to Slow it down

Has a reader complained that a scene made them feel uncomfortable or nervous? Maybe, even upset. These are all symptoms of pacing being too fast.

Every reader needs to breathe. Process. Gather their thoughts.

T0 slow the pace:

  • Add inner thoughts
  • Write longer sentences with descriptive detail
  • Use language that is more relaxing
  • Insert some passive sentences
  • Slow time down and stretch it out with more details

I’m not suggesting a writer use all of these techniques, however, selecting what works for them will help when revising.

When to Speed it up

If you are getting feedback about the chapter being boring, not holding the reader’s attention, or they are skimming/skipping ahead; pick up the pace:

  • Use short, quick, simple sentences and paragraphs
  • Throw in some sentence fragments
  • Punchy words. Energetic, and active language.
  • Avoid linking verbs
  • Fewer inner thoughts
  • Less overall description

Again, the writer will have to select what works best for them and not go too far. Or they are back at too fast.

Pacing needs balance

Depending on the genres, the pacing may tilt more one way than another. Faster paced for thrillers, and more of a slow burn for some romances.

A well balance story entertains your readers and compels them to read to the end.

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IWSG #55: I Want to be a Diverse Writer

This post was written for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our encouragement or insecurities on the first Wednesday of the month, to join the group or find out more click here.

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OPTIONAL IWSG DAY QUESTION: 

What are five objects we’d find in your writing space?

Coffee, bobble-head Groot, dog treats, pen, and notepad

Co-Hosts:

  J.H. MoncrieffTonja DreckerPatsy Collins | Chrys Fey!

i’M NOT GOOD AT Diverse writing BUT i want to learn:

I read about diversity all over the place. And I support all people of any belief system, orientation, challenge and heritage. I won’t refer to the news (although I just have) for the reasons I want to write about all types of people.

I’m a person of love. I wish everyone was.

I don’t want to hurt or offend anyone. In my clumsy way of learning, I’m afraid of offending someone or being misquoted in some hateful way.  

I’m  not a weapon.

That said, it’s time to put on my big-girl pants.

I’m asking for VOLUNTEERS to correct me:

  • I need training to use the right words
  • I need to see where I go wrong and how to fix it
  • I need to be able to fail so I can succeed
  • I’m already sensitive but I need to see through another’s eyes

I’m white in non-diverse community and have no idea what I’m doing but doing it anyway. Let’s put some diversity on the page and widen our minds.

Thanks for the support.

Some Reading For All of Us:

Adding Website Tabs (Non-Toolbox Post #1)

 

To everyone that is writing for NaNo2018: Congrats! and Best of Luck!

No toolbox post this month or the next. But that little detail isn’t stopping me.

I’ve been collecting and posting of info about writing since I started learning the craft. But I figured I was just following the same path as everyone else.

I did it to save time. My collection of info stopped me from having to look up same thing a dozen times before I remember it.

But recently someone asked me where one of my posts were. They had some trouble locating it. Well, reaching out that way filled my enabler’s heart with joy. Not because they couldn’t find it or they had a bad memory. Nope. I actually helped someone.

Stand back cuz here I go.

I’ve gone through and organized my old posts and other info in the new tabs up top. Take a look around and remember all suggestions and feedback are always welcome.

Thanks for dropping by. Do you have a homemade how-to book too? Tell me about it. I’m sure we’d all like to take a look.

IWSG 54: Wattpad and the Publishing Industry

This post was written for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our encouragement or insecurities on the first Wednesday of the month, to join the group or find out more click here.

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Co-Hosts:

Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor | Ann V. Friend | JQ Rose | Elizabeth Seckman

OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: 

How has your creativity in life evolved since you began writing?

Answer: Pretty much like most writers. I couldn’t keep it in. Self expression kept flowing. Funny thing was, I thought everyone did this. I didn’t feel special or unique. It wasn’t until my sister told me it was hard for her to put her thoughts down that I woke up.

Not everyone does (or wants to do) what we do and that makes us special. And it brought us together and that’s something good too.

Now I have a question?

Any of you get involved with Wattpad? Any tips or suggestions would be very welcome around now.

What brought me to Wattpad?

As you know my publisher closed their doors. And for a long time I didn’t do anything about it. It could have been shock, or afraid of what to do next. Self publishing isn’t really for me and the returned work were all shorts. So there was that.

Then it occurred to me I could post them as free reads on Wattpad.

I’ve been given my rights by three different publishers

Great publishers—J Taylor Publishing, Roane Publishing, and Three Worlds Press—are all closed. It’s broken my confidence and my heart. They taught me the basics and I’m so grateful. It never occurred to me they’d not be around forever.

The industry is tough. Not much to add there.

Although I’ve posted on Wattpad, I wonder if I’ve got what it takes. (Submitting to agents is hard and full of rejections passes. It’s taking its toll.)

Any suggestions on how to encourage readers/followers on Wattpad, please share. I could use an ego boost today.