The Insecure Writers’ Support Group, set up by Alex Cavanaugh, is a monthly chance for those of us who describe ourselves as writers to put our insecurities out in the open, and see that others feel the same.
One piece of writing advice that I try to apply is that it’s important to write consistently, regardless of mood. ‘If I waited until I felt inspired to write, I’d never write’. For that reason, I try and write something every day, and try and get something finished most days, even if it’s something small and relatively inconsequential.
The downside to this is that often, when I apply my rear end to a chair and sit in front of a keyboard, nothing comes out. So, what I’m trying to do at the moment, is to make myself more aware of the various writing tasks I have ahead of me.
I could probably be better at this (creating more thorough and complete lists, for example) but I’m finding that, when my mind is unproductive I can do the dull, monotonous tasks such as searching through the web for stories that might turn out to be interesting, and leave the creative stuff for later.
By contrast, when I’m feeling energetic and full of ideas I can speed through the creative stuff, throwing ideas down on the page, and try and make some sort of rational sense of them later on.
All of this is the theory at least, though I’m far from mastering it at the present.
As always, I feel like everything I learn is a reminder of how very far the road to where I want to be really is. But it’s a journey worth taking.