Wednesday, December 1, 2021

IWSG - Stress to Success

Insecure Writer's Support Group

Purpose of the IWSG: 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! Join us HERE!

The Question:

In your writing, what stresses you the most? What delights you?

My Answer

This last month, November, I did NANO. I thought when I began my outline was enough to get me to the end of a new novel called A Stylish Murder. But from the beginning, nothing was jiving. That was stressful, but when I allowed another story playing in the back of my mind, Murder by Proxy, to move the forefront, well, then the writing just flowed. 

That was delightful. Writing a full novel when I originally thought Murder by Proxy would only become a short story. Once I began putting it down on paper, well, it just worked, and it flowed like water.

From full stop to lightning speed, now that's an exciting writing moment especially when the challenge is 50,000 words!


 Remember to say hi to the co-hosts

Louise – Fundy Blue,

Natalie Aguirre, and Jacqui Murray!


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  1. Congratulations on the NaNo feat. I took my first attempt at it as well and managed to reach the word count. Our own stories have the ability to surprise us, right? Best wishes to you.
    -Sonia from

    1. Congratulations to you! That's awesome. I know I felt like I was riding on a cloud when I finished!
      Happy Holidays!

  2. So glad you were able to switch to a manuscript that worked better for you for NaNo. Congrats on a productive month.

    1. Me too, even if it wasn't the one I wanted to work on. I'm trying to get 3 new books finished for a new series. Back to the drawing board! LOL

  3. That's awesome you switched and wrote like a madwoman!

    1. Madwoman is right, but what fun! I kept wondering if my husband was going to fire me for not keeping up with the housework. :)

  4. You did right to follow your muse and write what strove to get out.
    I can't imagine participating in NaNo. So much pressure. You're a hero to finish it.

  5. Congrats on creating the unexpected and having the story flow! That sounds like a wonderful adventure.

  6. Sometimes it pays to listen to the new voice! Glad you found success. It always feels so good to get a flow going.

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