Tuesday, January 3, 2017

ISWG post for January 2017


A writer's group that supports one another every first Wednesday of the month in all our fears and insecurities. Click on the link to join.

The prompt for this month is what writing rule do we wish we never heard of. Mine would be to not switch point of view. I don't get that one because I've read so many great novels that switch and I think it adds depth and fullness to the story. It must be done with care, but I think that rule needs to be tossed!

I have been continuing to work on my memoir, thanks to all the support and encouragement I get here every month. I'm up to 18,000 words, and my goal is to hit 50,000 before I start tweeking it for submission. I've been preparing for that moment for years, and had some dry runs, but this time around I have a lot more at stake. I just have to keep working at it, and this month I'm proud to report I have been.

Every week I post a quote and inspirational picture to try to stay positive. I get my ideas and quotes from National Geographic's Daily Peace book. The great thing about the book is it's not date related, so every year I can just start over again. January's theme is Transition, and the quote I chose for this week is,

"True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice." St. Francis de Sales

This applies to much more in my life than just writing!

Look forward to seeing you on the ISWG rounds this month.

15 comments:

  1. You will hit your goal because what you're writing will make such a difference to others. And that is the greatest goal any of us can possess.

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    1. I hope so. At least bring awareness, and thanks for all your continued support.

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  2. I so get what you're saying, Tess Julia! I've been working on a memoir for several years now. I haven't added up the words ~ My problem will be cutting the words down! You'll get there! Your quote reminds me of another quote/saying: "Slow and steady wins the race." No mater how the thought is expressed, it's a great guide for life and writing!

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    1. Thanks for the support! And I like that quote too- from the turtle and the hare, isn't it? The point is to not quit. Best wishes to you with yours!!

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  3. Good luck with your writing! I love that quote, too. So true.

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  4. Woot woot! Write like a maniac! Keep at it. You've totally got this.

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    1. L.G. Keitner and Crystal- Thanks!! That's what keeps me going!

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  5. The National Geographic Daily Peace Book sounds wonderful, I will be looking for it myself. And 18,000 words is great progress!

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    1. I love the book, and I discovered they have more in the series too. Beautiful photography along with inspirational quotes- just the boost you need to start the day :)

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  6. Good luck with your memoir. You'll get there, one word, one sentence, one paragraph at a time. Keep going!

    And a very happy new year to you. It's nice to meet you. Count me in as your newest groupie. :)

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    1. HUH! Whattaya know? I was already a follower!

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  7. You can switch POV, just don't headhop. Only because it gets confusing for the reader. So switch at the start of a new chapter or do a break mid-chapter with a *** in between the paragraphs to let the reader know you're in a new POV now. I just read a book where the author bounced back and forth between two people in a scene and I was SO lost, I wanted to stop reading but I stuck with it because it was a good book otherwise.

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    1. Now that makes sense! Good advice on POV.

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  8. 18000 words? Congratulations Tess!
    Keep going...you can do this!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I've got the momentum going and the desire to see this through, especially with all of you cheering me on.

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