IWSG and Weekly News

Welcome back to another monthly Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) post. Believe it or not, it is the beginning of December, and we are wrapping up yet another year. Shock, awe, and possibly curse words belong here. Use your imagination as to which words I used. 🙂 The amazing co-hosts for the December 1 posting of the IWSG are PJ Colando, Diane Burton, Louise – Fundy Blue, Natalie Aguirre, and Jacqui Murray! If you haven’t already, check them out.

The optional question this month is– In your writing, what stresses you the most? What delights you?

Ohhhh, interesting. Stress is the easy part. I get stressed as I’m struggling to build elements of voice and story that support both the characters and the idea I’m noodling. These stressors are often recurring. I may think I have the overall arc developed, but when I attack subsequent drafts, a new piece can slip into place that causes massive shifts. Talk about stress.

But, and this is the weirdest part of growing as a writer, it is those same processes that lead to the happiness at the center of my writing. Working through the change characters, story elements, and my brain needs to make to accommodate what needs to happen to make readable scenes, is at the heart of why I love writing so much. There’s an inherent pleasure in figuring things out, especially challenges which I didn’t think I could. Perhaps I’m a masocist. At least I’m a masochist with a some fun news stories up my sleeve.

This first story needs next to no commentary from me. I wish them a safe journey, even if it may be a big squishy.


This next story is the epitome of a gargantuan task. Can you imagine mapping 100 billion cells? I heart scientists so much!


I leave you with a little holiday music. 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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20 Responses to IWSG and Weekly News

  1. Hi Kim!
    We have to take the stressors with the delights – it’s part of the overall package – can’t have one without the other, hey?
    Merry Christmas and a Happy, Peaceful & Prosperous New Year to you and yours!

  2. Diane Burton says:

    Writing can be so stressful or happily delightful. It all depends on our attitudes. Hope you have a Merry Christmas.

  3. Julia Quay says:

    You hit it right on the head!

    Enjoy your holidays!

  4. Julia Quay says:

    You hit it right on the head!

    Enjoy your holidays!

  5. I just got through a stressful two months where nothing seemed to be working. Thankfully, I may be through that because it was annoying.

  6. spunkonastick says:

    I think we are all masochists for writing in the first place. LOL

  7. Yes, part of the joy of writing is figuring out the parts of writing that are stressing us out.

  8. You enjoy the challenge of solving the puzzle.
    I really wouldn’t want the world to know I was returning to earth in a diaper…
    Merry Christmas, Kim!

  9. I totally agree with you about the stresses and delights of writing. If we didn’t enjoy the stress and problem solving, what would be the point?

  10. I also feel that delight of figuring things out. The challenge is also the fun 🙂 @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

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