The first Wednesday of every month, I participate in a blog hop for the the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Except lately, I haven’t been insecure. I’ve been making good progress on my WIP, putting down over 3K a week toward it. I have to finish the chapter I’m currently working on, and then it’ll be writing the final battle, the wrap up, and the epilogue which leads into the next book. I am almost there!
On top of that, I’ve sketched out three more characters. If you hadn’t seen my character digital paintings so far, you should totally check them out. I haven’t gotten to the point where I’ve colored the three latest yet, but I’m pleased with the personalities coming through.
And I’ve also been taking down my back fence, which was dilapidated and falling down anyways. My kids helped the first couple of nights, picking up pine needles and moving boards. They soon realized it wasn’t as fun as they thought it would be, not with the rising temperatures making all of us sweat. But slowly, the fence is coming down and I’m taking other steps to beautify my backyard, which is exciting.
All around, I’ve been productive, which means, I’m not insecure. Sad, yes, due to news of my friends moving to a different state, but not insecure. I’ll tell you next week about my friends.
IWSG Question of the Month: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?
Pitfalls, huh? According to the definition Google gives, a pitfall is “a hidden or unsuspected danger or difficulty”. I suppose the only thing I’ve come across is anthologies. Sometimes, not everyone agrees or is helpful. Some people stop communicating and you have to replace them. Some people derail the whole process by creating drama or not sticking to deadlines or being downright duplicitous. This isn’t always the case, but I’ve seen storms created by what should’ve been a wonderful collaboration.
Except that doesn’t answer the question, does it? It says what would I warn other writers to avoid. I’d never suggest avoiding anthologies. They are fun and exciting. But maybe avoid undertaking putting one together yourself if you aren’t ready for a load of organization, communication, scheduling, and possible frustration.
Have you been productive lately? Are you feeling secure or insecure? What pitfalls have you come across?