Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Insecure Writing

Happy November! Gee whiz there are a lot of book birthdays this month! I love it! My birthday and anniversary is this month too. And then there's Thanksgiving ... and some big writing thing happening called NaNo ... lol

Who's doing NaNo??

I'm doing it this year, but unofficially. I'm rewriting an adult thriller I wrote a few years ago called The 49th Parallel, but as a young adult thriller. It's a complete rewrite from third person to first person, and the characters are getting a complete makeover as teens. I think it'll work better this way and it should be a lot of fun. The plot is already mapped out, it's just a matter of reworking it all.

And as for the first day of November yesterday, I got exactly zero words down. lol But you know that's what happens when Hubby has the same day off as I do. Sheesh. ;)

So as for the ol' insecurity all writers feel, I think unless you're Steven King or JK Rowling or someone like that, it's inevitable. The main way to gain security is to keep writing, in my opinion. I love going back to an old story that I thought was just the cat's meow, and cringing when I reread it. Um ... yeah. Love that. But ...

With each new story I grow as a writer.

Another way I grow more secure in my writing is by reading writing guides. I devour them. After I write  a story, I let it simmer for awhile and read one of my fave writing guides, or find a new one. Right now I'm into reading stuff on structure. But check out my writing guide list on my blog page titled WRITER'S BOOKSHELF. It has a list of my fave guides that have helped me so so much.

For more on the Insecure Writer's Support Group, which is welcome to all to join, click on pic below.



Tell me, what's your fave writing guide and why? 

31 comments:

Cindy said...

Good advice to keep writing. The more you have out there the better.

Miranda Hardy said...

Glad you are doing NaNo, too. I'm hoping to get a good first draft of my next book done. We'll see. I've read several books and online courses on sentence structure and writing. It's so important to continue learning. I've noticed improvement because of this.

Melissa Bradley said...

Excellent advice and something I am taking to heart as I struggle with my current WIP. Keep writing no matter what. That's the only way to be the best writer I can be. Thank you!

Old Kitty said...

When I was doing a writing course with the open university a few years back - I was given a writer's guide I dubbed the Big Red Book. It was really handy!! And I still refer to it every so often!!

Thanks for a positive post!

Take care
x

Cally Jackson said...

Getting the Words Right by Theodore Cheney is one of my favourite books on writing - actually, it's more about re-writing than writing. I'd definitely recommend it before you do a major edit (micro rather than macro).

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I have soooo many favorite writing guides. It depends on where I am in the process. I just reread Manuscript Makeover. It's was even better the second time.

Love that you're writing a YA thriller. :D

DL Hammons said...

That sounds like an interesting project you're undertaking! Good luck with that.

One of my favorite writing guides is DON'T MURDER YOUR MYSTERY by Chris Roerden. Excellent tips and tools throughout! :)

Brianna said...

Great advice! The best way to overcome insecurity is to write it away!

I'm dong NaNoWriMo this year for the first time. So far it going...well, it's a slow start. Hoping to pick up speed soon!

Stacy Henrie said...

"With each new story I grow" - love that. I've found that true for myself too. Good luck with NaNo.

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

A complete novel make-over, now that's a great project for NaNo. Hope you have fun with it!

Kathryn said...

Have fun with your rewrite! Sounds awesome! :) My favourite guide is Dwight V Swain's TECHNIQUES OF THE SELLING WRITER. Completely changed the way I look at the craft.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We gain security if we just keep writing - I needed to hear that!

Laila Knight said...

I don't do well with writing guides, so I just keep writing and writing and more writing. And yup, I get zero words done when hubs stays home from work too. That's okay. Your mind is fresher the following day. :)

Carol Riggs said...

I write on my own w/o NaNo, but I know it really works for some people! Good encouragement--to KEEP WRITING. :)

William Kendall said...

A number of the bloggers I follow are making a run at it, but I can't do it. I've got academic responsibilities that really go into overdrive throughout November, which takes up a lot of time.

Good luck with it, PK!

Isis Rushdan said...

I love The Art of Writing. Great, useful tips with helpful advice. A must for a writer to read.

Good luck with NaNo. You still have plenty of time.

kmckendry said...

I'm doing Nano for the first time this year! Good luck on your rewrite.

farawayeyes said...

First time NaNo and having a great time at it.Taking a little break to see who else is insecure. So glad I'm not alone. some great advice here. Just keep writing. I like that. Thanks.

Lynda R Young said...

Good luck on your unofficial NaNo goals :)

My fav writing guide is The Art of War for Writers because I can open it anywhere and read encouraging and helpful words. It serves as a great reminder.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I was about to give up last week, but the common sense of my daughter and friends here made me realise to keep writing it was just my negative side showing for a few days.

Yvonne.

Ella said...

Love your post! Good luck with NaNo~
I love the idea of your book!

I will check out your list; this is what I am doing now, reading about writing and writing~

Rusty Webb said...

I've got a stack of writing guides/books. I love them all. The one that struck me the hardest though was the one called... oh damn. I forgot the title. Something about getting the words right. Anyway, it was awesome.

Nancy Thompson said...

Oh my, you need to add James Scott Bell's Plot and Structure to your list. It's one of the very best writing guides out there.

I, too, love to read writing guides and have read 8 this year alone. Helps with the old insecurities when you read something and can say, "Hey, I did it just like that!"

DM said...

I love the link to the Insecure Writers. I'm definitely that and may give it a try.
What a happy month for you and yours with so much activity.

Donna Hole said...

I'm not doing NaNo; I've been thinking of a blog break actually, just to read my friend's published works.

I can't believe its November already . .

......dhole

Heather M. Gardner said...

Good luck with the re-write. It sounds like you have a great idea.

I'm not real great with reading writing guides. But I did take an online course from Angela James from Carina Press and I am constantly referring back to my notes. They have come in very handy. She is supposed to turn her class into a book one day. It will be on my wishlist.

Great post. Thanks for sharing with us.
HMG

Norma Beishir said...

Happy November, PK!

I wish I could go back and write my books, all of them, in first person!

Lisa Gail Green said...

The thriller sounds cool! Good luck. I'm doing a workshop I downloaded right now, and boy is it eye opening!

Anonymous said...

Florence, once again leaving a comment as "anon."

Thanks PK ... I try to read as much as I can without confusing myself. You hit the nail directly ... reading, writing and more of the same, makes us grow and learn how to feret out our own weaknesses. Good readers are a must, patience and determination also. You have all that, so keep going:) I love the tenor of your work.

Not for the sintax, but for the pure inspiration and solid advice, my fav is Stephen King's book on writing. I will check out your link.

LTM said...

oh, you are so right, P. That's the best way I know to gain confidence--by doing. Not fretting, just doing. We do get better w/each draft.

And hey! That book sounds superfun and interesting! Best of luck with it. Happy b'day, and happy anniversary! :o) <3

Liz Fichera said...

I like Stephen King's book ON WRITING. Found that to be very inspirational, although it read more like a memoir than a writing guide at times.

I'm not officially participating in NaNo, since every month is a NaNo for me except without the 50K word counts. If I can write 25-30K in a month, I'm thrilled.

Good luck with the rewrite!