IWSG: Personal Traits


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 awesome co-hosts for the July 3 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, Natalie Aguirre, Jennifer Lane, MJ Fifield, Lisa Buie-Collard, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!
I’m a month into Holly Lisle’s Summer of Fiction Writing event. It’s been a good month for me. I hit my goals for both of my larger projects, and while they don’t really “feel” finished, the fact that I am at 90k on two separate projects feels great.
Pace has always been a big insecurity for me. Do I write enough? Do I revise quickly enough? Is this possible? How can I get the time down to something practical AND sustainable?
I’m debating what the goals for July should be. I’m probably going to put one of the projects on the back-burner, and dig deeper into the other. That then clears up some space on my schedule for different projects. I think “Get short stories OUT on submission” has to be on the list somewhere.
July 3 question: What personal traits have you written into your character(s)?
Personal traits? I don’t know if there’s a good answer to that. (Why, yes, all my characters are charming, funny, and breathtakingly tall.) My characters tend to share my interests. If I’m learning the cello, by golly, so are they. (No. That’s a bad, bad idea. I am not learning the cello.) They get to do the things that common sense stops me from doing. (Submerge computer in mineral oil? Why, yes. Excellent idea. We’ll put that on page twelve.) And the things that financial limitations stop me from doing. (See above. Also build rocket ship.)


  1. Angela Wooldridge


    your potential character traits had me howling with laughter! well done on achieving 90k, that’s huge!
    Get short stories out on submission is a quick win (compared to 90k!!) get on it!

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