Today is the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group day!
I want to start off this post by letting you all know that FULL DARK is celebrating it’s 3rd anniversary! It’s a benefit anthology where all the proceeds go to the Gary Sinise Foundation, and we’ve donated over $200 so far! Right now, it’s on sale, so if you haven’t read it yet, be sure to pick up a copy on Amazon or at Barnes & Noble.
After last month’s dip into a downward spiral, I’ve managed to pull myself up somewhat. I’ve actually started writing in Book 2 again! For a while there, it was flowing smoothly, but now I’m stalled out, trying to figure out the best place to work in a particular incident. I think I figured it out as of last night as I lay in bed, trying to convince myself to fall asleep because this time change has left me dragging at work. But you know how brains and thinking can be. I won’t know if I’ve really figured out the story incident until I try to write it at lunch today. But I can be hopeful, that it’ll work… unlike the last 3 times I tried to work it into the story.
On top of working on Book 2, I’ve also returned to my weight goals. I’ve lost 10lbs since the start of October, bringing me back down to my weight at the start of the year, but not down to my pre-pandemic weight yet. I’ve managed it through a combination of a couple of eating lifestyles. I’ve returned to the 16:8 plan (where I fast for 16 hours and then eat during an 8 hour window) and I’ve added in the 5:2 plan (eat normally 5 days out of the week and reduce calories down to 500 2 days out of the week). I’m also using my calories wisely, foregoing my daily 110 calorie Red Bull and drinking tea with no extra additives instead. I’ve also increased my amount of daily walking and have my son asking me every day if I’ve gotten my 6K steps in.
I also did my first art commission! The marvelous Chrys Fey reached out to me and asked if I might be willing to try my hand at her character, Avrianna Heavenborn.
It’s inspired me to return to art basics and focus on mastering figure drawing, which in turn ignited my mind with a side passion project that I visualize as a digital art book of my writing world. But to get there, I need to be able to consistently produce character art, plus move into environments. I don’t particularly enjoy practice work like this, but I think it’ll help me improve in the long run.
IWSG Question of the Month – Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Conner said, “I write to discover what I know.” Authors across time and distance have had many reasons to write. Why do you write what you write?
I’ve long since had a group of characters in my brain, their story vivid, though some of the details change over time. I write because of them, to bring them to life. I might not be a prolific writer, or even a good writer. I don’t respond well to prompts and contests make me cringe. But someday, I’ll get my books done, and maybe others will enjoy them as well.
Why do you write? What do your goals look like now that the year is almost over? What’s some of the good stuff in your life?