Wednesday, December 5, 2018

#TheIWSG December 2018


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

Blog Hop Link / Website / Facebook / Goodreads / Twitter / Instagram

Captain and Founder of IWSG: Alex J. Cavanaugh
This month's co-hosts: J.H. Moncrieff, Tonja Drecker , Patsy Collins, and Chrys Fey

November Writing Update:

I was a NaNoWriMo Rebel because I started on November 1st with 10,003 words written on the third attempt to get that-super-powered-teen-novel on paper and I finished with 60,448 words to get in the full 50k challenge.

The biggest part of NaNo for me this year was the sense that I finally wrote a good, plot-heavy draft, the best novel draft I've written in the last 2.5 years.

No longer held back by health issues, I pushed through all the plot points, finally hammered down some world-building details that had eluded me before, and wrote a partial ending even thought that meant skimming over some of the final battle scene. (It still needs 15,000 words or more to be really the right size for the plot and the market.)

In the process, I kicked my anxieties and fears to the curb and finished strong; that's what really matters to me about winning NaNoWriMo this year.


The day after NaNoWriMo ended ...
I did a combined spell-check and grammar-check, then started reading the draft out loud and taking notes. I've rested between drafts before, but this time I'm still in the mood to work on it and keep it alive.

My goals for December/January: finish the partial scenes and do my best revisions while also scoping out the best (most affordable and helpful) editor and best publishing option for this project.



OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: What are five objects we'd find in your writing space?

1. My laptop. This is my #1 writing tool. 

2. My journal. I dedicate the first few pages to a table of contents and I label the pages with titles and page numbers so I can find ideas, story starts, and notes when I need them later.

3. A pen, never a pencil. 

4. A cup of herbal tea, decaf coffee, or water. I love (have extreme addiction to) caffeine but I have Meniere's Disease and the only way I've found to manage it is to keep sodium low, and to keep the caffeine intake extremely low. I miss it, but I don't miss vertigo or massive ear ringing.

5. A source of natural light. Even on the gray cloud-covered days (literally, days on end with clouds filling the entire skyline) of winter on the Washington State Peninsula, I still crave being by a window or skylight. Light seeps its way through even the darkest clouds. 


Instagram
I still need to upload publisher on my laptop, so I have been creating all of the Instagram posts with my phone and I have trouble lining up numbers in the program I use, so here's the December challenge for Instagram. You can use these as writing prompts or just picture prompts for Instagram. I will also share bits from the IWSG website posts on Mondays. 
In January, we will do a "Best Writing Tips and Motivation" challenge for the entire month, with a highlight day for The IWSG Pit. 

For all the details, go here: IWSG Twitter Pitch.


Also, in December, please join us for the Write, Edit, Publish day on December 19th!
Please create your post on your blog, then showcase it on Facebook and Instagram!



What five objects to you have in your writing space?

Do you have any highlights/insecurities to share from your writing life?

Are you on Instagram? Planning to take part in our Twitter Pitch day or in the WEP December contest?

My WEP: Ribbons and Candles post will go live next Monday, so please come back to read it! It will be my last post for the year.








39 comments:

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Well done on NaNo! Congrats! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You won - awesome! Congratulations.
Left to my own devices, I often forget to open blinds in our house, which means it's often really dark...

Nick Wilford said...

That's an especially great win because it's possible to do 50k that's just a mess, but you made meaningful progress. Congrats!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Madeline - Thank you!

Alex - Thanks! I shudder at the thought of closed blinds during the day-time! I hope you have really bright indoor lighting.

Nick - Thank you! That's how I felt about it, too. I "won" last year but it was a jumble of craziness that had to be completely rewritten.

Christine Rains said...

Congrats on NaNo! That's so awesome. I have a window to my right where I can see the gray sky right now. It's always open so the cat can see the activity in the tree out front. :)

Julie Flanders said...

Woo-hoo congrats on the NaNo win! That's awesome and I feel sure you will meet your story goals for this month and next too.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Christine - windows are just so important! Maybe I am too much like the cat. I like to see what's going on outside.

Julie - Thank you!!!

Cathrina Constantine said...

Congratulations, Tyrean!!!! I could never write that fast or that much, so I've never tried. I give you so much credit!!!

May you and your family have A Blessed Holy Christmas!!

Sara Codair said...

I was a NaNo rebel too!

I started in the 40K range and ended a little over 100K.

Congrats on the win!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats on feeling good enough to win at NaNo this year.

I love herbal tea. I've had two cups of it already today and it's not even noon. Plus coffee, too.

Em-Musing said...

Congrats on NaNo! Great achievement. I too am a light seeaker. I used to live in Midwest Ohio where the cloudy days equaled Seattle. When i moved to the Mexican Caribbean where the sun shines most days,
I felt like I moved to paradise. When people ask me if I ever get tired of the sunshine and no seasons I always tell them sunshine to me is like breathing. Who would ever get tired of breathing?

krystal jane said...

Congratulations on the NaNo win! I’m all for being a NaNo Rebel. ^_^

I mostly use pens, but there are pencils in a cup teetering on the corner.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Congrats on beating NaNo and being happy with your first draft!

Lee Lowery said...

Awesome job on NaNo! Congrats! Interesting point on the natural light. I've always been more comfortable in the dark. That's why I really need a separate space for writing, because hubs is all "let the sun shine" in the family room. :-)

M.J. Fifield said...

Congrats on your NaNoWriMo win!! Bonus points for being happy with what you wrote. Woo Hoo!!

I was a NaNo rebel this year, too. My WIP had 82k on November 1st, and now it has 50k more. I'm not particularly happy with it, but I'm sure I'll find something salvageable when I go back to it next year.

Having a source of natural light is so important, I think.

Erika Beebe said...

Congratulations Tyrean! You have so much to celebrate this year! I think I would have to go into the contest like you armed with something. I love natural light too, and caffeine and I am just so thrilled your health has balanced out. Happy IWSG day :)

Jennifer Shelby said...

Congratulations on your NaNoWriMo success!

Heather Erickson said...

Hi Tyrean. Our writing spaces share at least 5 things in common. So far, I've been too insecure to Twitter Pitch. I'll have to try it sometime in the future. So many fun ways to share our work! Have a wonderful week

Patricia Lynne said...

Congrats on winning NaNo.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

CONGRATS on your success with the Na-No! Better yet, it's fantastic that the desire to keep working on your piece is still with you. Keep going!

I never use a pencil, either. I know it's a little wasteful, but I always write in ink.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Congrats on NaNo. You rock. Glad your health is improved. Your work space sounds comfortable. Happy Holidays.

emaginette said...

Congrats on your success. It's in the mind of the beholder. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

cleemckenzie said...

That's so exciting that you're still jazzed by the WIP and want to continue straight through with the edits. Huge congrats.

JM Weiner, Author said...
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JM Weiner, Author said...

Congrats on Your Nano win! That's a tough one, I try every year but usually get more words from real life!
I'm part of (newly) the ISWG, so I've talked about the writing space that is the everything space lol I may try to get a WEP by the 20th, but I just figured out how it works. May have to wait for the next one.

Sarah Foster said...

Congrats on the NaNo win! My laptop is my #1 writing tool, too. I find it so much easier to write directly onto there.

Natalie Aguirre said...

So glad you had such a productive NaNo and are inspired to continue it in your revisions.

Lynda R Young said...

Natural light makes a massive difference.
And a huge congrats on your NaNo success and better health. Yay!!!

Diane Burton said...

Congrats on NaNo. How super that you have a good plot, too. Light is so important to our well-being. Because the Great Lakes area is often gray, I have a happy lamp. We'll see if it works.

Patsy said...

Yay! Well done with HaNo.

The Cynical Sailor said...

I'm so glad your health is better. I love this line of yours, it's so true of life in general, not just your writing space --> "Light seeps its way through even the darkest clouds."

Chemist Ken said...

I'm in the basement with no windows, so no sunshine for me. That's not a hindrance for me, however. I prefer a dark, candlelit room for writing anyway.

Congratulations on winning NaNo!

Tonja Drecker said...

Natural light is horribly important. Congrats on NaNo!!!

Loni Townsend said...

Woot! Great job kicking butt!

Mark Noce said...

Heck yeah, way to go on NaNoWriMo! I've yet to tally mine up, but I don't think I got as far as you did. Well done!

Juneta Key said...

One more congrats from me too. LOL, I'm wicked, I want real coffee and chocolate in my writing space, although I do eat a lot of ice so get water that way. Happy IWSG Day.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Wow! My comment section blew up in 24 hours when I was off doing other things. Thank you all for stopping by!!!
I will be around to visit.

Lauren Macrie said...

I so admire everyone who finishes NaNoWriMo. I hope to participate someday. Congratulations on your success! I have trouble world-building. Most writings from my younger days took place in very familiar territory. Now my ideas are deeper and require a significantly greater amount of imagination to make them real. Sometimes I miss those younger days! As always, ignorance is bliss. :)

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Twitter pitch day! It sounds like a crammed Goblin Marketplace of craziness! Is it possible to get claustrophobic doing that?