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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?
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!
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?