Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Sunscreen and Scary Stuff

Insecure Writer's Support GroupToday is August’s instalment of Insecure Writer’s Support Group, which sees hundreds of writers and bloggers worldwide post about their insecurities, support others with theirs, and offer up advice for overcoming them. If you want to visit the other IWSG member blogs, or sign up yourself, you can do so here.

Do you remember that song; Baz Luhrmann’s Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)? Basically a long list of good advice put to music. I had it on CD. Loved it. Tried to live by it.

There was one particular line that still resonates: ‘Do one thing every day that scares you’. For me, that’s not difficult. I’m scared of everything. Some days, just stepping out of the front door is scary enough.

But I still do it. Because I think it’s important for me to push myself. When I look back over my life, I can see all the things that would have never happened if I didn’t do things that scared me. And the sense of accomplishment when I have pushed through my fears is like no other high.

I’ve just agreed to do something that terrifies me. Later this year, I’ll be appearing at a literary convention. I’ll be running a workshop, and, scariest of all, I’ll be taking part in a panel discussion. On a stage. With a microphone. In front of an audience. An audience expecting me to be clever and insightful. (Thank goodness there’s no expectation for me to be funny!)

This terrifies me. I’m sure I’ll simply sit there, gaping like a fish, unable to get a single word out. I’m hoping that my theatre training will kick in and get me through it. But I know how good this is for business. How important it is. How many doors it could open.

Have you ever been on a panel discussion or led a workshop? What are your top tips? What scares you, and how do you push through your fear?

Got Goals? Reviving Long Lost Habits

Big Goals BloghopI was hoping to be able to tell you that I’d finished writing The Mothers, that I was just about to wade into the editing. I’m not. I’m around halfway through. But that’s ok. Because I’ve been getting lots of other things done.

For the first time in more than a year, I’ve written one of my Story Worms posts for Horror Tree. It was good to write it, the guilt of letting the months drag by without posting anything was slowly gnawing away at me. I’m hoping this will be a revival, that I can get back into the habit of writing them regularly again.

Also this month, I’ve written a short story to submit to an anthology. This is where I started out with my publishing journey, and it’s something I’d been wanting to get back into. It’s great to stretch the writing muscles with a prompt, a deadline, and a tight wordcount limit. And after years of being submerged in the world of The Paper Duchess series, it’s really nice to write in a different world for a change. It’s also really nice to be back writing horror again.

And I’ve been blogging lots. This is something I promise myself regularly that I’ll try to do more. And I’ve been working on my business; networking, promoting, and saying yes to a great opportunity that terrifies and excites me all at once.

So I may not have finished The Mothers, but I’ve definitely kept myself busy.

What have you been up to this month? If you want to visit the other blogs in this blog hop, or fancy signing up yourself, check out the linky list here: sylmion.blogspot.co.uk/p/do-you-have-goal.html

Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Progress is Progress. But…

Insecure Writer's Support GroupToday is July’s instalment of Insecure Writer’s Support Group, which sees hundreds of writers and bloggers worldwide post about their insecurities, support others with theirs, and offer up advice for overcoming them. If you want to visit the other IWSG member blogs, or sign up yourself, you can do so here.

I’m currently plugging away at the first draft of The Mothers, the final book in my Paper Duchess series.

It’s moving forward nicely enough, following the plot, but it’s slow. With life and family pressures and distractions, I have very little writing time, and this one really seems to be dragging. Or maybe I’m just feeling more impatient because it’s the last in the series.

With a lot of writer friends currently rocking Camp NaNo, I feel like I’m a snail being left behind. I know that progress is still progress, and, even if I only manage to write 100 words a day, it’s 100 I didn’t have the day before. But it’s not easy to convince myself.

Are you a slow writer? What do you do to speed up production? And where do you find pockets of writing time during the day?

Got Goals? Slow and Steady

Big Goals BloghopJune has not been a bad month at all, writing-wise. As for real life, it’s been nothing short of turbulent. And it’s that reason that I’m not as far forward in my writing of The Mothers as I would have liked. But, real life happens, and sometimes, we have no choice but to make room for it.

But I’m moving forward, slowly but surely, and the first draft is about a quarter written now.

I’ve also been thinking a lot about my next series, for after I publish The Mothers, and I’ve had a good chat with my alpha reader, my husband. We came up with some great ideas, which has added in things that are going to be great fun to play with. I’m feeling much more sure of that now, and it’s nice to know where I’m heading after I finish The Paper Duchess series.

So, yeah, it’s just a case of carrying on, really. And hoping for a calm, quiet July with lots of writing time.

How’s your month been? If you want to visit the other blogs in this blog hop, or fancy signing up yourself, check out the linky list here: sylmion.blogspot.co.uk/p/do-you-have-goal.html

Insecure Writer’s Support Group: The Real Struggle

Insecure Writer's Support GroupToday is June’s instalment of Insecure Writer’s Support Group, which sees hundreds of writers and bloggers worldwide post about their insecurities, support others with theirs, and offer up advice for overcoming them. If you want to visit the other IWSG member blogs, or sign up yourself, you can do so here.

All writers have a certain part of the book-writing/publishing business that they really struggle with (or, more likely, several parts, but we all have our absolute nemesis). Mine is blurb writing. Even more so than titles.

My biggest problem with it is that, for some reason, when I sit down to write one, every cliché my brain knows spews itself onto the paper. I just can’t help it!

I’m learning, I think I’m getting better, but no part of my book suffers more revisions than the poor blurb.

I’m working on one now. Wish me luck! What’s your writing nemesis?

Got Goals? Plugging Away

Big Goals BloghopMay has been happily productive, and I am, as the title suggests, just plugging away at my next book.

The Mothers will be the last book in my Paper Duchess series, and it’s coming along quite nicely. It’s got some great twists and turns plotted out, but as I write, the characters are throwing in some more curve balls, which is great. Even though the book is fully plotted out, they’re still making their own decisions and surprising me with them.

But there’s not much more to report than that, just steady progress behind the scenes. Long may my writing mojo remain!

How’s your month been? If you want to visit the other blogs in this blog hop, or fancy signing up yourself, check out the linky list here: sylmion.blogspot.co.uk/p/do-you-have-goal.html

The Mothers Coming 2017