Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG
Alex's awesome co-hosts are J Lenni Dorner, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, Lee Lowery, and Rachna Chhabria!
June 2 question - For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?
It is a good idea to put your first draft on the back burner and let it simmer. The purpose is to allow your head clear, and/or begin on something new.
I've heard some authors say that they wait a month or more, but I have a hard time writing a new project with the old one rambling around in my head. I rarely wait a long time. It could be days to a week before I begin the second draft.
I don't know if this happens with all authors, but I can be laying in bed, walking, gardening, or whatever, and a certain word or paragraph pops into my head concerning my WIP. Like ~ Fix-it!
When I began writing, I can't even count how many drafts it took to make it presentable. But lately, I rewrite 3 drafts. However, I find myself editing whenever my characters refuse to speak with me...LOL....Then I'm done. I let it stew, waiting for those words or paragraphs to pop into my head to be revised before I send it to an editor.