IWSG — The Best and Worst of Times

Today’s the day for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) where, on the first Wednesday of every month, writers get together to share their insecurities and offer encouragement. The IWSG was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh, and you can learn all about it and sign up for it here

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May 4 question – It’s the best of times; it’s the worst of times. What are your writer highs (the good times)? And what are your writer lows (the crappy times)?

The best of times? That moment when a reader comes up to me and says they LOVED my books and can’t wait for the next one. Makes me want to do a happy dance right then and there. Then there are those moments when I’m writing and I’m on a roll — the story is running through my head like a movie and it’s all I can do to write the words down fast enough. Just seeing my books in print and holding them in my hands is right up there, too. Those moments are golden.

The worst of times would have to be the opposite — when someone doesn’t like my stories (which is perfectly okay, to each, his own) or when, for whatever reason, the words just aren’t there and no matter how long you sit and stare at the computer or notebook, nothing’s happening in bookland. That can be incredibly frustrating. And so can not having time to write in the first place. Life in general has become way too busy and exhausting. There just aren’t enough hours in the day. I don’t know how many times I’ve wished I had Hermione’s time turner. I could get so much more done that way.

But until that happens, I’ll keep plugging along when I can. I’ve added another several hundred words to my WIP over the past couple of weeks, so Yay!! That’s progress!

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What are your most memorable moments?

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© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2022. All rights reserved.

26 thoughts on “IWSG — The Best and Worst of Times

  1. I don’t generally mind if someone says they don’t like my writing. It might initially sting, but there’s often something to be learned from criticism – sometimes I made a bad choice, sometimes it tells me something about how to market the book (if the wrong audience is reading it). The worst part is when someone leaves a rating of 2 stars but doesn’t explain why. Why did you give it 2 stars? Did you not like it? Or are you just being a ***** for no reason?

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  2. Those times when you can’t get the words down fast enough are crazy! I sometimes get up and walk (which is soooo dumb) because i get antsy with everything going on in my brain!

    Congratulations on the recent progress! It all counts!

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  3. Having someone comment favorably on a published work is, indeed, a high! And you’re so right – if someone doesn’t like your book, well, there are millions of others out there. Each to their own. Keep plugging away – every few hundred words adds up! That’s certainly been my philosophy.

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  4. I have often longed for Hermione’s time-turner myself! Then I remember that the key is not to work myself so hard, it is to work smarter. I often forget that lesson so force myself to re-evaluate my Smarter plan every 4 months. It has helped a lot.

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  5. Being on that writer roll is so nice!! I once started in the morning with the plan of getting in a few hundred words later. Next thing I knew, my husband was home from work- and he’d worked overtime. I was still in my pajamas and hadn’t eaten stopped to eat. Good times. (only fellow writers understand that. Anyone “normal” would have thought I was a lazy loser sitting in my jammies all day drinking tea and eating almonds.)

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  6. You know, I think I face the low of people not liking my writing every time I submit to critique group. Most don’t care for verbose epic fantasy with winding plots and unlimited characters. But like you said, to each their own. I try to focus on the high you mention and keep on plugging away.

    I hope the words keep on flowing for you!

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