Wednesday, 1 June 2016

IWSG June 2016 - Moving Forward

The first day of summer and time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh. The group represents a safe harbour for writers to share their doubts and insecurities. Today's co-hosts are Murees DupeAlexia ChamberlynnChemist Ken and Heather Gardner.


I'm going to make this a short post today. I know this is the venue to air our insecurities, but the last thing I want to do is have another moan about how I can't move forward with my work. I feel like I'm in some kind of time warp this year in terms of progress, but next month I hope to have some other kind of insecurity to bring you, so I'm going to spend June shaking things up and trying things I haven't done before, like writing out of order or maybe sketching some mind maps. What I need now is to make a step forward. I still might not be posting much, but I'm really looking forward to seeing how you're all doing and I'm hoping to soak up some inspiration and enjoy the fantastic weather Scotland is offering right now.

So that's it from me. Back with a progress report next month!

Check out the other IWSG participants here!

36 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Nick - glad you're feeling positive about life ahead - you've had your challenges this year ... take care and yes soak up that sunshine, before it slips right back down here - gosh it's freezing and I so wish it'd warm up!!

Interesting to see what you come up with ... good luck with all things - cheers Hilary

Heather R. Holden said...

Good luck! It's never fun to feel stuck creatively, as I know far too well, so I hope shaking things up leads to lots of progress for you!

Rachel Pattinson said...

I think it's always good to shake things up every once in a while - hopefully you'll find something that works for you so you can move forward with your writing when you're ready :). Have a great month - I hope the weather stays fine!

betty said...

I don't think I would worry too much about it, I think you have a good plan for June, in the meantime enjoy the pleasant weather and summer.

Betty

JeffO said...

Enjoy the weather. Hopefully that and a shake-up are just what you need. Be well!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sounds like you've got some interesting ideas to shake up your writing. And enjoying the nice weather like we have now is so important too.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Shake it up and try something new. That might be all you need!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Go for it, Nick! And it doesn't matter how small the step, as long as it's forward. :)

Karen Walker said...

Nick, baby steps are just fine in life. You've been through incredible trauma and you are still in recovery mode. Be gentle with yourself, okay?

EEGiorgi said...

Happy first day of summer and good for you on pushing forward! :-)

Bish Denham said...

One word, one sentence, in front of the other. Moving forward is all we can do because there is no going back. :)

Crystal Collier said...

Hey, where you're at right now? I totally get it. It consumes your life and changes everything. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally. I'm just so sorry that you're facing the struggles you are...just because some idiot couldn't reign in his anger issues for a moment. Healing takes time. We have to be patient with ourselves, eh?

L. Diane Wolfe said...

It's hard to produce when stuck in a creative rut. Maybe some new things are in order.

Tamara Narayan said...

Good luck on moving forward. The weather here is fantastic too. I can't believe I'm sitting inside right now.

Cherie Reich said...

Sometimes changing things up is exactly what you need to move forward with a project. Good luck!

diedre Knight said...

Maybe your muse needs a holiday too. Let him go exploring other interests and let your imagination flow. As a writer, you're never finished. You may set projects aside sometimes, but you're never finished. The brilliance of a resting project may return just as you've immersed yourself in expounding on the seasonal splendors of Scotland! You never know... ;-)

Adrienne Reiter said...

I make giant story boards to get my ideas flowing in a consistent direction. Baby steps are how it starts. I usually start with a simple philosophical inquiry or an image. The first sentence creates an avalanche. You're in Scotland? Cool!

cleemckenzie said...

Testing something new is always a great idea for shaking things up! Let us know how it goes.

Patricia Lynne said...

Good luck, Nick! I hope shaking it up works for you.

Liz A. said...

Shaking things up is good. Good luck with that. Sorry the writing hasn't been flowing. There seems to be a lot of that going around at the moment.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I feel like I haven't been here forever. Looking forward to hearing your plans next month.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Enjoy that weather!!! :)
And, I think your mind maps idea sounds fascinating - please let us know how it works out.
I loved that part about hoping to have a new insecurity next month . . . it made me laugh. I name my insecurity different things but mainly I think it still boils down to one big "fear of failure."
I hope that your writing, mind-mapping, and weather enjoyment goes awesome this month!

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Sometimes rattling the old noggin up is just what we need. Enjoying a great day outside sounds like a good start.

Heather M. Gardner said...

"...enjoy the fantastic weather Scotland is offering right now."

Well, that sounds nice. I'd like to be in Scotland. :(

You and I are in the same boat, but I agree with you. June should be for shaking things up!!

Heather

Mary Aalgaard said...

Good for you. Doing something different is always good. I like the idea of mind maps!

Anne Doucette said...

Nick,
Kudos on resisting the urge to whinge and laying out your resolutions so forcefully. Keep up the fight!
Anne from AnneHiga.com

Nicki Elson said...

Wishing you excellent progress in shaking things up!

Medeia Sharif said...

I'm wishing you luck. I gain inspiration from IWSG posts.

Keith's Ramblings said...

Hi Nick, great to be back in touch. I really missed your contributions to the A-Z Challenge this year. The only thing is up (when shaking that is!)

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Melissa said...

I know a lot of writers who are having to cut back on their social media time. Good luck with the writing. :)

Jean Davis said...

Glad to see you're still at it. I hope the month has been treating you well and the weather has remained fantastic!

Meradeth Houston said...

I hope June has been doing wonderfully for you!!

Sandra Cox said...

Often times a different approach is all it takes. I trust it's the case with your writing:)

Shannon Lawrence said...

I hope something in your shakeup helps, and you're able to get your writing done.

L.K.Hill, Author said...

Sometimes changing things up are just what is needed to get the creative juices flowing again. Good luck and keep up the good work! :D

Anne Doucette said...

Nick,
I'm pretty sure that the rule is we can be positive and uplifting even if we don't want to vent insecurities - and that is surely what you are doing here, keeping going despite a hard year. Thanks for sharing this and hope you get to enjoy some great weather!
Anne from AnneHiga.com