Wednesday, June 1, 2016

IWSG: More Writing, Less Internet



This is my IWSG post for June. The Insecure Writer's Support Group posts every first Wednesday of the month, airing our writing insecurities to the world. Founded by Alex J. Cavanagh, our co-hosts for June are: Murees Dupe, Alexia Chamberlynn, Chemist Ken, and Heather Gardner! 

I have been unusually balanced with the writing of the current project draft I'm working on. I don't know if it's the project itself or a new maturation on the writing scale, but I'm not gnashing my teeth over the actual writing.

I am writing, deciding I like or hate something, then deleting it if I don't like it and writing something else in its place. I've had only one minor qualm about a transition and in general, feel much less inclined to complain or share a ton about the writing process this time around.

...Which might be why a writing buddy was like, "I have no idea what you're doing exactly."

Hee.

But this relatively peaceful writing time has also left me not wanting to look at social media or read very many articles or other writing-related blogs on the Interwebs as much. I'm of the Social Media generation--I was 18 when Facebook started and joined it that first year--but good lord, there's so much Stuff on the Internet these days that I'm easily distracted and overstimulated...and frankly, a bit irritated from time to time because doesn't click-bait just have a way of getting under your skin from time to time?

I think, for several years now, I've spent a lot of time reading random things on writing, reading linked articles on Twitter, and learning about writing. Which is fantastic. Which is what every aspiring author should do to educate themselves. But at some point, you have to synthesize all that with your own beat with your own drummer and write.

And that is what I'm doing. With a minimum of fuss this time around...but an abundance of allergies.

Achoo! Snort. Snuffle. Cough.

Best,

Sunflower

And this is where I should mention that Pearl is on a Kindle Countdown Deal for a few days. I think it's still 99 cents, so do check it out if novella-length, late eighteenth century historical fiction might be your thing!

25 comments:

  1. I've recently learned of this "click bait" and like, really. Really. So annoying.

    Speaking of distractions, I'm all kinds of distracted lately, but still moving forward so I guess it's okay. Lol! Freaking internet. :P

    I'm so glad this story is going well and that you're not letting allergies get in your way!! Boo allergies.

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    1. I mean, really. I can write overly provocative headlines, too. I can expound on opinions on social media that nobody else would care about...but what would be the point?

      I'm minimally distracted because Victoria is with her friend and she's being coaxed out of her depression, which is great, but I'm still not used to her being even sort-of happy, so...

      Allergies suck. Allergy-induced asthma sucks even more.

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  2. That's great news, I often wish I had far better focus. I suspect you've found your rhythm, and found what works for you. That's the thing about writing advice; there's so much of it out there, you just need to sift through it to find what works for you.
    angelinetrevena.co.uk/insecure-writers-support-group-that-difficult-second-book

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    1. You really, really do--and you need to burrow yourself into a writing space and figure out what works for you. It takes a while, though!

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  3. I can find the internet so distracting and can find myself spending a lot of time reading blogs and articles about writing rather than working on my own writing. I'll need to find a better balance. Glad you're having a wonderfully peaceful writing time just now.

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    1. Oh, I'm still a scatterbrain with the Internet on, but I'm more conscious of being in StoryLand when it's StoryLand time. I'm just shying away from Stuff On the Interwebs in the meantime.

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  4. The internet distracting??? Hah! I wrote about the "pains" of research on Paranormal Romantics a couple of weeks ago. So easy to get sucked into clicking on links. Glad your writing is going well. Best wishes.

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    1. How did you add the Reading Challenge to your page?

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    2. Well, the research rabbit hole is another story lol!

      There was a code for the widget on Goodreads. I think it's under Explore...Goodreads is down right now, but when it's back up, I'll look for it.

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  5. You ERASE things? *gasp* I never do. If I don't like them, I save them in a trash folder and move on. But delete? You never know when that trash is actually gold in hiding.

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    1. More like edit as I'm writing. But yeah, I'm deleting things instead of forcing them into shape if they feel wrong.

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  6. You're in a great place, by the sounds of it. So enjoy it to the fullest! I'm not going to get much done the next months probably, but that's okay. Life is ever changing.

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    1. Hey, there are times when Real Life gets in the way.

      Or, you know, just Internet life ;-)

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  7. "But at some point, you have to synthesize all that with your own beat with your own drummer and write."

    That's damn right! This is the best advice about writing, and it is often overlooked.

    https://ryanscarty.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thanks a lot, Ryan! I've been thinking it for a while, but was finally able to articulate it.

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  8. Excellent. The books will be there if you ever need them. Now must be your time to fly. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. Oh, I'm still reading--I write better when I have a book or two going on. Just maybe less checking of the Twitter and less looking at the AW forum.

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  9. Good for you on finding peace this time around. It's a great thing and it sounds like you found your groove with this current project. :) I'm not there yet (as noted in my post this month LOL) but I do hope to reach that status some day. Happy writing.

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  10. Michelle, I really hear you on that. Facebook particularly, it seems almost designed to be a time-waster. Good luck with your writing and sticking with it! Anne from annehiga.com

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    1. Facebook is particularly bad, but Twitter's been getting on my nerves, so I'd rather bury my head a bit in my novel.

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  11. Congrats on finding that balance! I'm still working on it. There are so many social media outlets. I'm only on a few of them and I still spend too much time there. Got to get back to writing. Hope your allergies ease up soon!

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    1. There's too much on the Internet and other than my basic rotation of websites, I want to cut down--sadly, books don't write themselves.

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  12. Enjoy the peaceful, fuss-free, writing space you find yourself in...embrace it and get the most out of it while you can.
    It means you and your muse are in sync. How cool is that?
    Enjoy!
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I'm trying to enjoy it!

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