IWSG #13 ~ April 2014



Alex J. Cavanaugh created this awesome group, which I'm proud to take part in every month (or just about every month, lol). The IWSG now has its own blog as well. Click here to add your post link to the list. 

The first Wednesday of every month you can share your worries without judgement and/or your triumphs with complimentary confetti! ;D Join us - it's fun, a great way to connect with fellow writers, and we all can support one another!

I cringed upon rereading my IWSG post from last month. Yikes. I was feeling really down. Luckily, I'm feeling more myself this time around, and it's thanks to just getting back from a fun vacation with my family and the weather is slowly starting to get better. Very slowly, but I'll take it! 

I'm studying some books I picked up for my Kindle on how to structure plot (the loose 25-50-25 rule) with a focus on the middle section where the action takes place. It's helping me out a lot with my zombie novel, which is refusing to be ignored. It's an idea I feel would be wrong to let go, and the only reason I ever thought about it was because there didn't seem to be enough for an entire full length novel. 

I realize after perusing through tips on adding substance to my story that my idea is a good one - I just need more. I need several small conflicts with one overarching conflict. My characters could use some sprucing up, too. I'm not even that far into the story yet, so I believe they'll develop over time but need some dimension now. 

Thanks to everyone who gave me support last month. I really needed it. I'm happy to spread the warm fuzzies I'm finally feeling. I know I'm not the only one who's gone through some rough times in the process of writing. So how are you doing with your writing? Drop me a line! ;)

9 comments:

  1. Yay I so happy to hear you have bounced back and are doing well this month. Can you email or recommend those books that have been helping you to me please :) I'm all up for any tips I can get!

    I seem to be at a standstill with my writing at the moment due to life in general but I am sure that this too shall pass!!

    Here is my IWSG post if you want to check it out!

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

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    1. Thank you, Chanzie! Of course! I wish I had thought to include them in the post, lol. It will pass, I believe it will. :) I just visited your IWSG post, and I'm sorry it's taken me so long to respond. You're a great friend, Chanzie! :)

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    2. Thank you Jennifer! You are pretty awesome yourself :) update your post and include them!

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  2. I'm glad you're feeling better this month! :D

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  3. Very glad you're feeling more encouraged! You have the opposite problem I usually do (I try to do too much) but it's good you've found some resources to help you work through it all! Thanks for participating this month--I know it's a crazy one!

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    1. Thank you so much, Hart! I am, too. I was worried there for a while that I wasn't going to make it. That I was just going to give up. Reading these books has helped me back into the groove, and it was probably one of the best things I could have done to get myself back in the game. :)

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  4. Yep, reading books that explain story structure really helped me out. I never thought my first story idea could last an entire book, but once I stared adding all these other ideas and subplots running around in my head, I soon had to start taking out material to keep the story from becoming too long. Glad you're part of the IWSG.

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    1. That's the point I want to reach - where I have so many ideas I might have to take some out. This might sound a bit crazy, lol, but not too long ago I was worried I wouldn't be able to come up with ideas until I started reading some of these books. Thank you so much, Ken! :)

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