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?