Insecure Writer’s Support Group July 2014 #IWSG

Hmmmmm, what happened to June’s IWSG? Well I was away at a conference that week so unfortunately writing and IWSG flew in one ear and out of the other. I did do some writing for the conference (to go alongside a poster) – if you are interested you can see that here.

Writing wise I have been taking part in the lovely Keris Stainton’s online writing courses, Beyond the First Draft and Writing for Teenagers. Although I haven’t had time to implement the great advice, and tips and techniques, I learnt a lot. She has a course that has only just started so it’s probably not to late to sign up – you can find details here.
On both courses Keris provided detailed examples and lots of really useful resources that I can return to and explore further. Keris’ links with a range of YA authors is apparent and many have kindly shared their writing experiences. It’s really useful to see that range so you finally get a feeling that one size doesn’t fit all and that there really isn’t only one right way to write. What this course does, is to start to help you find the right way for you.

July is Camp NaNo again and because April’s didn’t go so well I really have decided that challenges like NaNo only really work for me when I’m writing something new. Editing is a whole other beast. So I’m trying to write a steampunk story with a target of 25,000 words. I did well on Day 1 and doubled my target which is good beacuse days 2 and 3 haven’t really happened. This weekend is going to be a Wimbledon Finals/Writing double bill.

Hope everyone else has been having a good month (and I hope I’ve snuck this in quick enough not to be chucked off the IWSG roster for missing two in a row). Thanks go to Alex and this month’s co-hosts. Find out more about the group by clicking on the image.



Posted on July 3, 2014, in #am writing (and all things writing related), IWSG and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Won’t purge you from the list!
    Sounds like the course is really good, especially if it’s about finding what will fit your style.
    Good luck writing your new story.

  2. It sounds as though things are going well. I’d love to write a YA. It’s my new love in reading at the minute 🙂

    • Well they are going ok ;o) – Maybe sign up for that course when you are ready. The story I’m writing at the mo is probably more a middle grade. How’s your writing going? Maybe you could combine crime and YA.

      • I’ve just read a crime YA actually. It was a good read. Mine is ok. The first is out on submission and I’m busy writing the second. I’ll look at that course. Thanks.

  3. I think I would have trouble with the NaNo style thing for something not-new as well. I wish I had time in the summer to do July NaNo.. My goal if I’d participated probably would have been something like 1,000 words. For realz. Sounds like you have lots of good stuff going on though 🙂

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