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Insecure Writer’s Support Group Mar 2014 #IWSG

Oh dear, big fail. Since last month life has been about everything but writing. I really need to sort this out. I even forgot about the IWSG post!

I did write a poem to share with my students tomorrow though (because I’m expecting them to be creative so it’s a quid pro quo).

Because this slipped into Thursday – Happy World Book Day. I’m hosting a discussion online and IRL on The Shock of the Fall. I’d recommend it.

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Insecure Writer’s Support Group Feb 2014 #IWSG

It’s the first Wednesday of the month (just – sneaking this post in at 30 minutes to midnight) so it’s time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group post – this month I am going to talk about:

Editing Fear

I’ve colour coded my WIP, Tetrana, in Scrivener to show whose point of view each scene is from and to show if a scene has been edited or not. But whenever I plan to sit down to actually do the editing I can’t seem to do it. The drafting process is where I feel most comfortable and I think I’m afraid of ruining things by interfering. I’m also using Scrivener’s snapshot feature to make sure I have the option to go back but this month I’m after advice to move forward. I really want to finish a full draft. Please help.

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Insecure Writer’s Support Group Jan 2014 #IWSG

The theme of my very first IWSG post is – Is this mine? Did I write this?

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The other day I was going through the notes app on my iPad to tidy it up and I found the poem below (which I’ve tweaked a bit since finding it). My problem or insecurity this month is not remembering writing it. Did I? Did I see it somewhere and make a copy? I’ve Googled it and came up with nothing. I think it’s mine but what if it isn’t?

Is it just me who writes things and doesn’t remember writing it? 

I think this little foible of mine does make it hard to write longer pieces and keep them coherent. I think that’s why something like NaNoWriMo works for me – having that concentrated and dedicated time to work on things. Now to create that feeling year round. 

Anyway please enjoy this poem – and if it’s actually yours do let me know!

How to inspire a love of reading:
Make books like chocolate!
Don’t dictate what children should read,
instead place them in a library and
let them look, nibble, sniff out their favourites,
sampling from the entire range.
Some they will spit out, because they don’t like nuts
but others they will savour, not wanting it to end
reading again to re-taste the experience.
Let them write about why they devoured something
and when they didn’t love its flavour.
Let them explore everything to do with that world
beyond the words on the page;
often there’s another layer hidden beneath
and for each person that layer is unique,
based on their taste buds,
which mature over time,
coming back to old favourites
and trying the one spat out at five,
to discover it tastes different at thirty.

If you want to sign up – here’s the link.

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