Every first Wednesday of the month, the IWSG (Insecure Writer’s Support Group) encourages writers to share their fears, thoughts, progress, struggles, excitement, encouragement or anything really about their writing. Since August, the IWSG would like to see a particular question answered in each blog post. This month that question is “How do you know your story is ready?”
This IWSG post will be one of the shortest I have ever written, for a very simple reason: I have not worked on my book at all during the month of September. Not a word written, not a page edited, not an exercise practiced. Nada. Nothing! The good thing is that I do not feel bad or guilty about it. Mark and I knew September would be a crazy month, what with moving out of the last house where we took care of Jenny, the dog, and the maple farm for five months, our five-day vacation in Acadia, spending some quality time at our home base in Newburyport seeing friends and family, running errands and going to doctor appointments, and an unexpected week-long house sit on Cape Cod. That concluded September!
The start of October is not much better from a writing perspective. I’ll be lucky to keep to my three-posts-a-week blog schedule, while we are on a long road trip. First, we head south to Annapolis to attend the sailboat show for four days. We share a booth with another company, Yacht Brain (which is launching at the boat show), and will be promoting our product, The Wirie. Then, we only have a few days to traverse the United States of America to Northern California. We start our next three-month house sit in the Sacramento area mid-October. After a day of getting settled, I will open up Scrivener again and work on my memoir in earnest. At least, that’s the plan!
As to the question above… I have never written a book or a “real” story yet. All I have experience with is creating sailing and travel articles. Usually, I am well above the suggested word count by the time my train of thought about an experience or a place is finished. Then, I edit the story down to the exact word count – a long process. I would reread the content multiple times, let it sit for at least a day, reread one more time and submit the final version with a selection of my favorite photographs. From then on, the story is in the hands of the publication and editor I sent it to. The final version is usually similar to what I submitted, apart from some rephrased parts and added typos… 🙂
How is your writing – or other hobby – going?