Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Insecure Writer's Support Group: February 7, 2018



It's the first Wednesday of every month, and that means it's time to gather for another meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group!  Our leader Alex J. Cavanaugh has assembled another wonderful group of co-hosts: Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia, Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte.

Be sure to check out the IWSG website!

I'm feeling pretty excited about my writing progress lately.  My goal for my WIP last month was to reach 45k, which I did a few days ahead of schedule.  Once I did that, I decided I wanted to see if I could hit 50k by the end of the month, which I did!  My word count at the end of the month was 50,657.  Woohoo!  That means I wrote about 20k last month alone, which is really good for me.

I am now publicly stating my writing goals for February.  It worked out well by holding me accountable, after all.  My goal is to reach 65k words by the end of the month.  My larger goal is to complete the rough draft of this novel by the end of April.  I really think I can do it if I keep up this momentum.  I'm trying not to think about all the revising and editing I'll eventually have to do, because I'm worried that will hinder my progress.

Now let's move on to the question of the month!

The question for February is: What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

The genre I write in most often is science fiction.  My stories vary.  Some take place in the far flung future, or in space, or both.  Others take place on Earth in modern times and come with a super weird science fiction twist.  My current WIP falls in line with this last description.

What do I love about science fiction?  It's filled with possibilities.  As a writer, I can enter any world my brain can conjure.  I can also use those strange places and scenarios to ask interesting questions about the nature of being human and what kinds of challenges we as humans could possibly face.  I love asking these kinds of questions and exploring the answers, and it's even more fun when I can do it on a space ship or on the surface of an alien world.

What genre do you write in most often, and why does it speak to you?


17 comments:

  1. That's a great writing pace - keep it up.

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  2. Here from Alex's blog. I enjoyed reading your post. Your writing pace is admirable. Wish I could do that. I've written 38k words in six months, LOL. Guess I'm a slow writer. My husband is a huge Sci-Fi fan so I'll be sure to tell him about your books. Best of luck with meeting your goal for this month.

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  3. I agree with you about science fiction! It's a safe place to ask those questions.
    Keep writing!

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  4. Possibilities are a powerful motivator for me too. There's way too much fun to be had when anything can happen.

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  5. Congrats on the word count. I write science fiction and fantasy for the same reasons you do.

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  6. I also write science fiction for the same reasons, although I tend to write more fantasy.

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  7. Congrats on that awesome word count and for beating your initial goal. Accountability can really motivate us to reach our goals. It's smart that you're using sharing your word count goals publicly in this way. Keep it up!

    And thank you for signing up for the Souper Blog Hop!

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  8. Yes! It sounds like you're on track. Good luck!!!

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  9. Congrats on that word count, that's great! Good luck hitting your goal this month.
    I love that about science fiction and fantasy - it really can take you anywhere. You never know where you're going to end up.

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  10. A combo of speculative fiction and mysteries. I don't know why I go there but I do. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  11. Yep, I love scifi too.
    Best wishes for your Feb goals. And a huge congrats on January's achieved goals.

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  12. LG, big congrats on meeting your goals. Gosh, since my tutoring year began, I've hardly had time to write anything except worksheets for my students. But that'll settle down. I'd be more than happy to get 10,000 down in a week.
    I think if we love our genre our passion shines through. You can't trade that...:-)

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  13. Fantastic goal accomplishment! Good luck getting it finished by April. Sounds like you can do it no problem.

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  14. You did well! An amazing writing pace, LG!

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  15. Ohmygosh, is science fiction filled with possibilities. And bravo for meeting your goals. That's what some writers--me!--forget about. Celebrating when goals are achieved. I need to remember this. All best to you!

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  16. Good luck with your word count goal.
    I love science fiction for the same reasons you do. I haven't written a sci-fi novel but I have written a few sci-fi stories, and they were very satisfying to work on.

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