Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Today’s the day for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. Hop to this page, if you’d like to sign up and join. We post the first Wednesday of every month. Try to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

The awesome co-hosts for November are: Ellen @ The Cynical SailorAnn V. FriendJQ Rose and Elizabeth Seckman!

The submission period has closed for this year's anthology contest and now it’s time to make the selections for the judges, which is always challenging. Kudos to those who entered!

Are you on Instagram? We run a different prompt for each day of the month. Participants are welcome to comment or post on their own feed. If you’re posting, use the #theiwsg hashtag and also tag @theiwsg. You can use images, words, or a combination to answer each prompt. Each prompt is explained in more detail on the day it is posted. 

This month's optional question is: How has your creativity in life evolved since you 
began writing?

My process now is a far cry from what it used to be. In the past, I did an outline (sometimes very detailed) but nowadays, I don’t always have that luxury. So, while I’m going through my day, the story will percolate in my head until it’s time to sit and write. Other aspects have changed too, but I find one of the biggest challenges is getting back to the point where I write each day, no matter what’s happening.

So are you doing the Instagram Challenge or Nano? Has your process changed over the years? 


  1. My process has changed, too. When I first started, I was a panster. Then I became a dedicated plotter for years. Now, it depends on the project.

    I'm doing NaNo. It's my first time participating. :)

  2. I haven't been writing for that long, but even in the short time I have been, my process has become much more structures. I've found that a good outline makes things so much easier.

  3. My outlines have gotten much smaller and shorter over the years.

  4. No, not doing either. I just plot out the important plot points in my head at the beginning and fill in as I go.

  5. I do more plotting now but I rely most on my book bible and story overview I always write.

  6. My stories have to percolate in my mind, too. My plotting is getting better. Not detailed, more general, but I know where I'm going. I learned the hard way to always make a "bible" as I'm writing a story. Sometimes, the book will be part of a series and I desperately need to have all those details. Even during a standalone novel, I need to have the details in a list to keep myself straight. Happy Writing.

  7. Writing every day is a huge challenge. I don't plot, but I do write a log line before I write the story, and that takes me forever.


Don't be shy, I'd love to hear what you think.