Wednesday, June 1, 2022

#IWSG: Pushing Forward and What's Next.

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Thank you, SE White, Cathrina Constantine, Natalie Aguire, Joylene Nowell Butler, and Jacqui Murray for cohosting this month's IWSG posting!

June 1 question - When the going gets tough to write the story, how do you keep yourself writing to the end? If you have not started the writing yet, why do you think that is and what do you think could help you find your groove and start?

geralt@Pixabay

I typically don't have a hard time writing to the end. Most of the time, my stories hit the ground running. As for the times when my story becomes slow-going, I use a flow chart to plug in the plot structure. This forces me to see ahead and break through the bottlenecks! 

Some of the time there is a dissonance between what I wanted to happen and what isn't happening. Do I need to do more research? Do I need to let go of my pride and give myself permission to let it happen? For example, if the heroine must jump off a cliff in order to save the kayaker but I'd rather have her meet him in a different way, I need to do some serious rethinking no matter my prejudices.


During those downtimes, I usually reach out to other writers and help them with their projects by sound-boarding, critiquing, or whatever comes up. Sometimes I'd watch movies or come back to my writing a few days later (after battling with my pride).


What is happening now with my writing:

I am determined to rebuild my fanbase by trying out Kindle Vella. I've pored over their forums and found helpful tips such as "don't upload an episode with too many words because readers' coins only allot a certain amount of words", and last I knew, it is 100 words for every 1 token!

I'm uploading my current story onto Wattpad but I will need to take it down before switching it over to Kindle Vella. However, I am allowed to leave the first 5,000 words there!

I've also had to redo my cover because the first one didn't feel like a SciFi romance. One of my beta readers said that it reads like a dystopian! I'll share with you in another post a before-and-after.

I'm all over the place with my writing and marketing and publishing, it's driving me crazy! I need organization!

Peggy_Marco@Pixabay
Last but not least! I'm starting an in-person group with IWSG! I started my writing out afraid of speech-making and leading groups and being the center of attention, but this feels right this time. The thought just hit me: you need to start a group here where you live because the support is nil! coming from Utah where there's a group at every corner, I felt its loss! And I'm doing something about it. Finally...

And IWSG was AwEsOmE to allow me to work with them under their name, another brilliant thought that came to me. I let too much time slip (I should have done my marketing about a month ago but this was rather impulsive!), but I'm attempting to have my first one this coming Thursday. I'll keep you updated on how it goes.

*I'm also setting up a T-shirt shop that caters to all sorts of niches but especially writers! I just need to figure how to change this website over to WordPress so my shop could go live!

Here's a sneakpeek of one of my T's:




How do you deal with keeping with a single story til you reach its end? What is your game plan from the moment you pick up that pen to hitting publish?


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15 comments:

  1. Hi Elizabeth, like you my short stories hit the ground running too. I start and finish them very fast.

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  2. Hi Elizabeth, like you my short stories hit the ground running too. I start and finish them very fast.

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  3. I can finish my stories...but it's the editing that takes so long, hence my finishing the story.

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    1. Hi, Rachna, that was me commenting as "anonymous"--my blog was freaking out but I fixed it!

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  4. Wish my stories hit the ground running.
    Saw your email and will respond later when not swimming in IWSG posts!

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  5. I tried. Oh, how I tried writing up spreadsheets and charts and stuff and it just doesn't work for me. There's just so many possibilities. One of the reasons I do not go to Starbucks. Too many choices. It makes me nuts. So, I tend to plan only to the next scene and keep my fingers crossed.

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    1. For the most part I am a pantser! I know what you mean.

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  6. I've decided to invest in a whiteboard to help me keep track of the timeline in my WIP. That will help me with my plot structure as well.

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    1. That's wonderful! Do you take pictures of it before you erase it for the next book? I bet that can be painful!

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  7. That's great that you try to help writers in the slow times of your own writing. And I love having a local critique group. Hope you find one that works for you too.

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  8. Kindle Vella sounds like it can be useful to those that write long works. Amazon has some really great self-publishing tools.

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    1. It's only a year old. Who knows where it lands? But serial publishing is very popular for Webtoons. We'll see, right?

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  9. Hi Elizabeth!
    You sound super-busy... AND productive too! Plus you are setting up a T-shirt shop... sounds exciting!
    Hope all is going well with the In-Person Group.
    Take care.

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