IWSG: Evolving Creativity


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!

I’ve been awake for hours, and my first tiny inkling that today is Insecure Writers’ Support Group day? Traffic on my blog, of course.

So, the question of the month is how my creativity has developed over the years.

The fairly simple answer is that my creativity has diversified. Instead of having ONE all-important project to work on, I now have more than one. If words aren’t coming in this project, I can move over to one of the others.

I think that works well for me. The scenes are more coherent… there are fewer starts and stops, and less MUST ADD BULK to get my word count.

It’s also possible you’d say my organization skills are improving. It’s not just that I didn’t do what I’m doing now five or ten years ago… it’s that I couldn’t have.

First comes the awareness that you can write a novel. Then, the idea that you can revise it to some kind of a publishable standard… and then… multiple projects.

At least for me. One book at a time? I don’t read that way… so why would I write that way?

And in a lot of ways, this boils down to choices. Having more than one thing to work on means I will work. Having more than one choice is always good, right?

So, my insecurity of the week? Give me a good kick in the… derrière on this one. But risk taking in general, and more specifically, with ideas in my books, and socially. Somebody remind me the world will not end, if I speak my mind, or stand up for other people.

If you’re doing nanowrimo, this year, let’s buddy up! I’m at https://nanowrimo.org/participants/karen-lynn.


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    That works well for me also. I write fiction, non-fiction, freelance, targeted articles. Each is its own break from the other.

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    That sounds just right. Having multiple projects means you always have something going, something interesting if you’re losing steam on a different one. Good luck with NaNo!

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    I guess I have multiple writing projects going on at once. I sometimes have a difficult time getting my mind to switch from one thing to another, though, so I try not to take on too many things at once.

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    I’m so scattered, I get very scared that I’ll never finish if I were to start hopping like I did when I was younger. Maybe I’ll be able to do the same in a few more years, once I trust myself to finish something if I walk away from it. Who knows? *crosses her fingers and hopes*

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    This idea of shifting between projects is about to crash down on me with the big round of revisions I have to look forward to.:) Exciting stuff!

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    Oh nooo–not working on more than one novel. One story plus blogging is enough for me. I’m sure I’d get character X in the wrong story and wonder where she disappeared to…What a mess it would be for me. I admire your talent in having choices to write on.
    JQ Rose

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    So glad to meet a fellow multi-tasking story maker/reader. I usually have an upstairs book, downstairs book, and one for on the go. And I always have more than one wip going at a time.

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    My daughter can write more than one book at a time! I don’t do it that way. I lose myself completely in one book and stick to it until it’s done. I can actually finish a complete book in one month with interruptions–imagine what I can do without any? If only. *sigh*

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