Wednesday, May 4, 2022

My Writerly Highs and Lows #IWSG

The Insecure Writer's Support Group asked about my highs and lows in writing. I didn't have to ponder long to know the answers. 

The Low:
Now is my low. Writing is currently a struggle. I'm so very close to finishing a science fiction novel, but I just can't seem to make the final sprint to the end. It's a slow, meandering shuffle with a few staggers along the way. Frustrating to say the least.

The Highs:

Finishing a story and seeing it in print. 

Reaching a point where I know the beginning is right.

Reaching a point where I know I've done enough.

Creating a new character.

Starting a new project.

Having published three novels and two novellas.

Having published multiple short stories.

Getting those acceptance letters.

Bringing a story to life.

Getting fan mail.

Getting awesome reviews.

When I'm so wrapped in writing that I forget to eat.

Yeah, ok, the highs far outweigh the lows. What are some of your highs and lows?

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36 comments:

  1. Hi Lynda - I guess pondering away quietly, the answer to your 'low' will come and the story will flourish. Congratulations on all the achievements - cheers Hilary

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    1. Time will definitely make a difference. And focusing on the positives and those highs will too.

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  2. I guess, one of them would be, not able to enjoy the highs, when unforeseeable lows hit you.

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  3. I struggled to finish my last book. Let those highs carry you to the end of yours.

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    1. I love that everyone here seems to understand because they've been through it themselves. I think that's all part of the creative process :)

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  4. Good luck finishing your book. I'm on my last chapter this month. I thought I'd go faster writing the last chapters but I still wrote one a month. Just plug along and you'll get there too.

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  5. I can relate to your low. Big time. And a few of your highs as well. Someday, maybe I'll get to experience a few more from your list. Thank you for sharing, Lynda.

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  6. Glad the highs outweigh the lows. I'm in a meander stage myself. My current project needs improvement and I'm pondering how to do it while re-working something old. I always remember someone saying: "Thinking is writing, too."

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    1. Thinking is definitely writing. There's an awful lot of thinking that goes into writing. And blank staring into space...

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  7. The highs have to outweigh the lows or we'd give up. Focus on those and you'll finish that story.

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  8. There are so many great highs with writing. Good luck with finishing the SF!

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  9. When you list everything out like that, it does put the lows into perspective. Sometimes it's easy to forget when we're struggling that it is worth it in the end.

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  10. All good highs but this one--"Reaching a point where I know the beginning is right."--perfect. I spend weeks on that. Well said, Lynda.

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    1. Thanks, Jacqui. Those beginnings are tricky yet essential to get right.

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  11. Those are pretty impressive highs. As for the lows? Maybe the night off with a bottle of wine is the answer :-)

    Ronel visiting for IWSG day Culling the To-Do List and the TBR

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  12. It's so important to see that the scale favors the highs. Thank you for the reminder!

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  13. I love your list of highs, Lynda! I, too, get so trapped in writing that I forget to eat ~ LOL! It's a great feeling. Happy creating in May!

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  14. Those are some great highs! I've never received fan mail, but that would be exciting. Good luck on finishing your novel!

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  15. Your highs definitely outweigh the lows Lynda. I take it this is the sci-fi you planned with your brother. Step back. I'm sure you'll be reenergized for that end sprint.

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    1. Nope this is an older one. That one will be even harder to write.

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  16. Your highs sound like great ones that I would enjoy as well. Your low is something I can relate to as I think about all the unfinished projects I have set aside because I didn't know where to go with them next.

    I'm sure you'll move on out of your current slump.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  17. After reading your post, the first thing I thought of was how many more highs you have! That's a good thing!! Shake off the blahs and do some freewriting. That's fun.

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  18. You & I are in the same place with our sci-fi stories. I switched to my cozy mystery and have been doing okay. Not like I want to write when the words flow, but I'm okay with where I am. Eventually, I'll get back to that sci-fi story. I'm so close to the end. Yet, like you, I can't quite make that final leap. Hope you find it soon. I love reading your stories.

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    1. I feel for you. I think one little step at a time is a good way to go. I did a little editing this morning and I really enjoyed that. One little step.

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