Wednesday, August 3, 2016

IWSG: On Not Writing Everyday

Today is IWSG day, a monthly event Alex Cavanaugh started to get writers sharing about their insecurities and other stuff going on in their lives. First, I just want to say that this week is a busy one for me. So while I might be slow to visit my regular IWSG buddies, I will get to you! And as usual, I look forward to meeting new members from IWSG.

The IWSG questions of the month are: What was your first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now?Something I remember writing for a sixth-grade class was a fairytale about a lost princess. I remember the teacher was extra impressed with it because I bound my story into a little book and illustrated it too, which weren't part of the assignment. I actually don't know where the book is now. 

Onto my IWSG thoughts...Many years ago, when I first started on my journey to be a traditionally published author, I often felt guilty because I didn't (and still don't) work on my novel everyday. This is one example of many where I sometimes feel I am on a different journey from other writers. Nowadays, I see the big picture more. For even on days that I don't work on my book, I might be doing other stuff, directly or indirectly,  that contribute to its progress: reading a book on the craft of writing or in the genre that I am writing in, researching details, reflecting on where my story has been and where it is headed, etc...

Do you work on your fiction everyday? In what ways do you feel that your writing journey is different from others' journeys?

11 comments:

Suzanne Furness said...

No, I don't write everyday. Partly it's because of time constraints but I actually think you need to do other things too. Going for a walk, socialising, watching a movie or reading a book is all about filling your memory banks which hopefully will improve your writing.
Loved your first writing story, shame you don't still have the little book!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Everyone's writing process is different. I do try to write something every day, even if it's just a few lines in a journal or an idea for a story or blog post.

Pat Hatt said...

I write blog comments most every day, does that count? lol little things can work toward writing even if you aren't. Even just taking a breather is a good thing at times.

Crystal Collier said...

Do I work on fiction every day... Erm, yes? In one fashion or another. It definitely takes time to gain perspective on the process, eh?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We each have our own style of writing. I'm a binge writer. When I do it, it's in a concentrated spurt to get the first draft done. Then to edit and polish. And then I won't write anything for months...

emaginette said...

No, I don't work on my novel every day and feel much better about it now that I've read your post. Thanks. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Tamara Narayan said...

I need quiet, uninterrupted time to write and that's not going to happen until the kids go back to school. In the meantime, I'm blogging. At least it keeps my typing skills up!

S.P. Bowers said...

I hope your early fairy tale is in a box somewhere and you find it. It would be so much fun to have, and when you're a famous author it will be worth something.

I don't write every day either. Some days It's just impossible. I do try to do something writing related, either blogging, or craft books, or whatever, but that doesn't always happen.

Chrys Fey said...

I don't believe you have to be physically writing every day. Thinking about your story, writing outlines, finding inspiration, promoting, blog posts...to me it all has to do with writing. :)

Liz A. said...

I used to write every day. I'd like to get back to it. But, everyone works differently. You shouldn't feel like you have to write daily. Whatever works for you works for you, and you should keep doing that.

diedre Knight said...

Write everyday? If only I could. However, if I'm not writing I'm always thinking about it. Next chapters, new plots; are graciously provided by everyday things that inspire such as walking, reading, gardening - even observing folks on a bus bench while sitting at a stop light. I imagine the process is different for everybody, as it should be ;-)

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