IWSG and Weekly News



December has rolled around and it’s time for another posting of Insecure Writer’s Support Group. It’s a time to release fear, anxiety, tears, nervousness and a general sense of WTF.

Our illustrious co-hosts this month are: Sandra Hoover, Mark Koopmans, Doreen McGettigan, Megan Morgan, and Melodie Campbell!

Now on to my own fear this month: impatience. My current WIP is coming along well for a second draft. But the truth is that my expectations are from the final draft of my first book. Some days I’m having to talk myself off the ledge because of my impatience. I keep reminding myself that I felt this way during different stages of my first project, but that doesn’t always work.

What do you do when you just want to pitch it all and crawl under your blankie?


Time for the news. A freaky clown, a lesson on giving the bird and franken worms. What more could you ask for in a week?

Interesting problem. This is a creepy way to pass the time, but if he’s delayed…


Funny. Teaching–maybe. Comment about living life on display–probably.


In science news, cool franken-worms. It’s past Halloween, but I know at least one horror writer that could use this as fodder for something.


That’ll do it for another week. See you in seven.

About kimlajevardi

I am a forty-something-year-old writer. I'm currently drafting my second book. I've also written short stories, poems, and some non-fiction over the last several years. My interest in writing formed during countless hours with my nose tucked in books. I may have even been clutching a novel as I was born. :)
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10 Responses to IWSG and Weekly News

  1. Great post! Impatience with ourselves and our writing can be frustrating. Just remember it all takes time and not to put too much pressure on yourself (I know- easier said than done). 🙂

  2. It’s not easy being a writer. I have such terrible issues with not feeling motivated to write, but WANTING to write. It’s a difficult feeling. I generally wait around till the muse knocks on the door. I’m not sure where he’s going all the time, but he like to take extended holidays.
    Currently, blogging and reading other blogs is about the only thing that keeps me motivated. I love the IWSG because it does help, and it helps remind me I’m not hot the only one in the boat.
    So, don’t give up, get out from under that blankie, you are in great company. You can do it!!!!!
    PS – Your news stories were quite interesting. The clown would certainly freak me out. I love how the article describes Waukesha as a “small” little town. It’s practically a suburb of Milwaukee now.

  3. lexacain says:

    I totally want to hide under my blankie! I thought my new WIP would be easier and have better prose than my first. But neither is true. At least I like the 2 new characters more. People are afraid of clowns. I have no idea why, but it’s the reason there’s one in my WIP. LOL! That gorilla vid ws funny! The worm thing freaked me out! Yikes! It’s like The Thing (which I love, but has such a scary shape-changing monster). Thanks for the story links!

    • kimlajevardi says:

      I wonder if the blankie thing happens every time we work on a novel? I can’t wait to read your new one. That setting and set up seem so fantastic to write toward. Clowns in and of themselves don’t scare me, but that clown outfit is creepy. Then having him just stand there staring off into space for hours… that would freak me out. I thought you’d like the worms. Chose them just for you. 🙂

  4. Creepy about the clown, but if he’s just standing in front of his house, not sure why everyone is having a meltdown about it.
    I like editing. It’s the first draft where I get impatient.
    A general sense of WTF. I need to add that to our tagline…

    • kimlajevardi says:

      I think it’s the hours of just standing there. That would be freaky. I like editing too, but sometimes at the beginning of an the editing process, my memory clings to the sensations of what the end feels like. I’m so not there yet. Hence the impatience. Glad you like the general sense of WTF. It felt right on Wednesday. 🙂

  5. I find the editing stage to be the worst. It drags and I keep wondering when it’ll be all over. Some manuscripts are harder than others, so I might feel the same way about other stages too.

    • kimlajevardi says:

      I actually don’t mind editing. I like it when scenes begin to really take on a finished polish, but I’m not there yet. Finished seems far into the future. I’m feeling like a two-year-old, but I want it now. Can you see my foot stomping? 🙂

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