Wednesday, April 3, 2019

IWSG APRIL 2019: Insecurities, plans, news

Founded and hosted by Alex J. Cavnaugh, the Insecure Writer's Support Group is a wonderful writing community for all writers of all levels of experience.
This months co-hosts are:

The Optional Question for the Month is:
If you could use a wish to help you write just one scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be?

My answer: The first one. I struggle with getting this one right and it's the most important chapter!

My writing insecurity, plans, and news:
I decided somewhere in the middle of last month to start working on two other projects. I put aside novel "K" (I don't like my working title) which was new and I put aside my superhero novel (out with beta readers who might help me solve the problem I see in it before I send it to a publisher/agent again). 

I hope I'm not on the verge of overwhelming myself with projects, but here's what I'm actually working on these days: 

Project 1: Bookbound (I like this title so far). This project is a solidly MG fantasy - there are no "maybe it's YA" moments like there are with Anomalies/Greenling/the-superhero-book. I just started writing it in my journal one day, then wrote up what I had and kept going. It's around the 12,000 word mark now and I want to finish it before I go back to K or revising the superhero project.

Project 2: The Short Works Project. This is an ongoing project that I let slide for a while. I have this strange desire to write over 500 publishable short works (poems and short stories) in my career.  I have decided to try to write, finish, and submit at least forty more stories this year.
  
I am thankful for publications who publish my work. Just recently, I had a 100 word story published at The Drabble.
Click here to read "My Father's Eyes."

IWSG NEWS


We're announcing the genre and opening date for the next IWSG anthology!

Our genre is Middle grade historical: adventure/fantasy and the opening date is May 1. The best brains are on the theme, and that will be announced on the opening date. So this is just to whet your appetite - you could use that time to brush up your knowledge of the genre if it's not your usual bag, for example. We're looking forward to more great entries!





Masquerade: Oddly Suited will be out April 30th!

Find love at the ball…

Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?

Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.


Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…

Website - IWSG Anthologies

Young Adult Fiction: Romance - General/Paranormal/Contemporary

Print ISBN 9781939844644

eBook ISBN 9781939844651


You can sign up now for the April WEP Challenge!


An old locket with a faded photo inside...A string of pearls reminiscent of a special evening...A magic jewel box that comes up with just the right piece whenever the owner needs it...A jewel box out of reach of a regular working class person who passes it in a fancy shop window everyday...Maybe a ring associated with terrible political intrigues and heartbreak?...Or...maybe a missing jewel box after a murder...bought in some faraway place...
Just some of the ways you can weave this prompt, there are many, many others. As you can see, all genres are your oyster with this prompt - romance, adventure, fantasy, speculative, crime...What use will you find for the jewel box?



We are partnering with DIY MFA this spring to bring you a great program for writers.

Before we announce details, we’ll be sharing several of their learning podcasts.

The next one is - Episode 241: Twisting the Tropes of Military Science Fiction — Interview with Glynn Stewart.

Check it out and be watching next month for details about the program.



Just keeping it simple this month!

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In May, the Goodreads Book Club will be focusing on this book:


Method Acting for Writers: Learn Deep Point Of View Using Emotional Layers by Lisa-Hall Wilson


25 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Five hundred short stories and poems - now that's an impressive number to shoot for.

Nick Wilford said...

If a new project feels right, I would say go for it. As long as you're making solid progress on something, and you're definitely doing that!

Sarah Foster said...

It's good to be making progress on anything! Sometimes you just have to go with what feels right.
500 is definitely an ambitious number! I don't know if I have that many ideas in my head, but you never know.

Juneta key said...

I think you have a proven track record so I agree with others if it feels right go for it. I am shooting for a lot more short stories this year, not sure if I will go for that number but 10 would be nice. lol. Happy IWSG.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I think it's great to write what you're inspired to write. It sounds like your new projects are flowing well, which is a sign that's what you should be writing.

krystal jane said...

Wow, go for the 500! Nothing wrong with setting projects aside at all! Oftentimes great developments happen when they’re resting. ^_^

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I answered the question the same as you did. Good luck on you latest project. A super hero story would fit good into today's pop culture.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Congratulations on the published story!

I really like the title BOOKBOUND - sounds fun and mysterious. And I love your Short Works project idea! Go for it all! :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats on the story at the Drabble.

Middle grade fantasy - I like those.

CWMartin said...

You definitely do keep busy! I lack the concentration for that many projects at once. Frankly, if I could get fantasy sports seasons to not overlap, I'd be much happier...

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks for all of the awesome encouragement!

Michelle Wallace said...

Your Short Works Project is amazing... and doable! You are the Micro Fiction Queen.
Onward and upward!

Christine Rains said...

The first chapter always gets the most rewrites from me in the revision process. It has to be just right! Good luck with the new projects. I'm working on a new one too.

Chemist Ken said...

Forty short stories a year? On top of everything else you're doing? Wow!

My wish is not to have help writing one of my chapters--it's to find a way to be as productive as you are.

Cherie Reich said...

Best of luck with your writing! I'm sure you'll find the right time to get back to novel "K."

Tyrean Martinson said...

Ken - 25 minutes at a time - word bursts, with 5-10 minute planning sessions before and afterwards - it's the way I manage it.

Gwen Gardner said...

Go with the muse, then you can return to K when you’re ready. Well done on all your stories!

Lynda R Young said...

Sometimes those stories just cry out to be written!
Best wishes for those new projects.

Steven Arellano Rose Jr. said...

You sound well-focused and prioritizing with your projects. I just resumed working on a novella that I wrote a couple of years ago that I lost interest in at the time but now am getting into. Then I started another novella last NaNoWriMo but didn't finish it because I lost enthusiasm for the story. That one must've been so bad that the other piqued my interest when I started reading it again! So putting a project aside for a long period of time and then returning to it can do wonders for the motivation.

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Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine said...

Only 500, eh? ;) kidding! Good luck with that.

Mark said...

I don't worry about scenes so much as the voice and pacing of the story itself :)

Damyanti said...

You're an inspiration! Where do you find the time to do all that you do?

T Drecker said...

Sounds like the new project is going along well...great! First chapters are my most unfavorite too.

Tyrean said...

Gwen - thanks!

Lynda - thank you!

Steven - thanks for sharing how putting aside your novella and returning to it worked out for you! I appreciate the encouragement.

Patricia - Thanks!

Mark - yes, pacing is tough to get right.

Damyanti - I have huge goals, but I break them down into small daily and weekly segments so they aren't too scary. Plus, a short story can be written in 30 minutes to 45 minutes. I try to write one a week, or a poem. I guess I should revise what I have up there, because the goal is really for 500 short works - poetry and short stories combined.

T. Drecker - I understand.