Wednesday, September 7, 2016

IWSG September


It's the first Wednesday in September--must be time for IWSG! The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a large group of writers online and we come together to exorcise our writerly insecurities on the first Wednesday of the month. Our co-hosts for today are: C. Lee McKenzie,Rachel Pattison, Elizabeth Seckman, Stephanie Faris, Lori L MacLaughlin, and Elsie Amata!  

This past month, I have been insecure not so much with the quality of my current draft, but with the speed. I am a slow writer. I am also an easily distracted writer. I am also not quite an outliner; I have a very loose and vague outline, which comes to bite me in the ass at least once per draft when I'm sitting there staring at my document, going "Right. So she lands there. How do I get her there?"

I resorted to what I do during NaNoWriMo: I put my Word document in full page view so that I can't look at the word count, turn off the Internet on my computer, and force myself to type.

I also read two writing books by Libbie Hawker: Take Off Your Pants!, which was about outlining, which helped me think about my story in a different way that's helping me scoot along, and Making It In Historical Fiction. 


The IWSG question: How do you find the time to write in your busy day?

It's not time to write that eludes me, it's me wasting time while I'm supposed to be writing. Since I was in utero, I've been a night owl, so I tend to write more at night, though I've been trying to change that to writing more in daytime when I can. 

But in and among work, family, friends, reading other peoples' books, the odd TV show, and the shiny lights of the Internet, I write better when I know I can't be on the computer for an extended period of time. So if I'll only have an hour that day that I'll be home and able to write, then that's when writing needs to happen--and that's when the Internet needs to be shut off!

24 comments:

  1. You can't force yourself to write differently--faster, outlining, etc. You do what works best for you. Congrats on making time to write. I never thought about turning off the internet. Great idea.

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    1. Yeah, what if the way you write isn't exactly garnering results? I've written with outlines before, though that was a NaNo project I didn't really think much of beyond that November. I'd like to try that again.

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  2. Maybe, you can turn your night owl into a blessing. If you write better at night, then write at night and by all means, shut the internet off then.
    Happy writing, Lady.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat Garcia

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    1. Oh, I do write at night, but it's like 1, 2, 3, 4 am...and I'm pretty sure that I lose the sense of what a coherent English sentence reads like around 2 am.

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  3. It is hard to write with all of those distractions. My big problem right now is a show on Netflix. As to writing speed, I'm a snail. A super-duper extremely slow snail.

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  4. I am easily distracted by the Internet as well. I have recently started toting around my netbook again. It has my beloved Notepad, and I can write whenever I desire now. If I sit at my desk, I get on the Internet, but now I've come to realize that if I open my netbook in a restaurant or library, I only go for Notepad and write. Great feeling! :)

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    1. Oh, cool. I have on noise-canceling headphones. Which I then distract myself with by miming along to Hamilton songs, but, well, you know...

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  5. I've gone back and forth between writing at night and writing in the morning. I rather write in the morning, but if I can't get up, I have to write at night. I write faster in the morning. I think my brain starts shutting down around 10 pm...LOL!...everything takes longer for me at night.

    I say, if you want to write faster, go for it! Just because things have always been one way, doesn't mean they can't change. I didn't start outlining until 2011, and I kind of started by accident - born out of a need not to forget what I wanted to come next whilst I was sleeping and being too tired to continue. It was like my entire writing game changed! I always drafted pretty fast, but I usually ended up with a story that was all over the place and needed severe editing. I don't like editing THAT much.

    That's so awesome that you can turn your internet off!! I can't seem to find the "off button" for mine. :P I think I'd have a panic attack if I did though. LOL!

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    1. I feel like it's healthier to write a bit more in the day, when I can, because sunshine is important? I'd rather draft faster at the very least so that I can still be excited and not lazy when it comes to the necessary work of the editing stage.

      I can turn the wireless on my computer off. So, if that's what's got to be done to get this draft done, then that's what's going to happen. I wish my drafting was less dramatic lol

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  6. I definitely strive for quality over quantity. But I have hours to write and spend too much time on line goofing around. ;-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. There is much goofing around to be had :-)

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  7. You sound like me. I'm a slow writer and any and everything can distract me. I knowingly and willingly let myself be distracted. :(

    I hope you find a process that works for you to get the writing done in some way. :)

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    1. Well, turning off the internet seems to be working best right now. Also, keeping a separate document of revision notes is keeping me sane.

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  8. I am easily distracted sometimes and go off on tangents and suddenly wonder where did the time go? So I am working on creating a structure within habit that will help me stay on the path.

    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  9. I am easily distracted sometimes and go off on tangents and suddenly wonder where did the time go? So I am working on creating a structure within habit that will help me stay on the path.

    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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    1. Yup! The longer a draft drags on, the more distracted I get.

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  10. I'm in favor of quality, as opposed to churning out thousands of words at a time and then having to sift through them and find out that most are utter nonsense. But that's just me.
    I'm also a slow writer.
    What works in my favor is that I'm not really a TV person.
    Happy IWSG Day!

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    1. No, I'm with you there, Michelle. I wanted this one to come out cleaner than past first drafts and it has, for the most part. I just wanted to minimize my own distractions so that I'd write more than 50 words at a time.

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  11. Like Michelle, I believe in quality over quantity. Steady, daily writing will get your novel written. A page a day ends up being a novel. :-)

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    1. Only if I turn off the wi-fi, though, because otherwise, zilch gets written lately. It's getting there though and it's fairly clean, so otherwise a few things, I don't think draft two will be too bad.

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  12. Someone once told me there was a computer program that shut down net and games during scheduled times. The net is a time suck for me- although I call it research and continue to do it.

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  13. I have the same issues - I write slowly and am easily distracted, especially by the internet.

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  14. I can identify with being a slow writer. At 350 words per hour, I have to put in a lot more hours than most people.

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