The Insecure Writer’s Support Group meets the first Wednesday of each month. Participants share struggles, triumphs, quandaries, and fears. This month’s question is:
How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/finish a story?
When there was still an APP-certified piercer in my area, I liked going for a piercing to reward myself. I got my third lobe piercings done after I finished Journey Through a Dark Forest, and I got my navel done for finishing the first 50K of NaNo in 2015.
Sadly, I had to retire my navel piercing 8.5 months later, due to obvious, advanced rejection. It was healing beautifully, and my very honest piercer said I had the perfect navel to pierce (since it had a great shelf to support it), but I suspect my increasing weight gain started the rejection process.
I’ve lost at least 30 pounds since last June, and am almost back to the weight I was when I had my navel done. I’ll definitely be getting it repierced in the autumn or winter! When I’m back in an area with an APP piercer, I’ll resume getting piercings to mark writing goals.
My awesome piercer pointed me towards this purple opal navel bar, since he knew purple is my signature color. The redness has been replaced by white scar tissue.
I spent February focusing on A Dream Deferred, my fourth Russian historical, and am now nearing the final sections of Chapter 38. After the longer than average Chapter 33, my chapters were short and mid-length (by my standards), and now Chapter 38 is on the long side again.
I need to get back to my alternative history, and I plan to divide my writing time between that and A Dream Deferred. If only I didn’t have to go to a library to get most of my writing done. I keep hoping I’ll be out of this place by summer, with my privacy and independence restored.
Obviously, these initial chapter-by-chapter notes are just a working outline. I’ve added many more chapters, storylines, and characters since making these notes in summer 2015.
I think I’ve given up on the biweekly writing group that meets at various local libraries. I felt like I were intruding on an established gang of friends, and no one really talked to me. The critiques are also rather superficial, since people make comments during the meetings instead of annotating the work and sending it back. There’s no chance to give a full, honest critique of any submissions.
Some of them need an editor or experienced critique partner more than praise and light corrections from friends. One guy complained about a woman who only came to one meeting and critiqued everyone’s grammar, punctuation, etc., and someone else said that was nitpicky and should be saved for an editor.
If you don’t have a grasp on basic grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, etc., I can’t focus on the actual story. I can overlook, e.g., problems with comma usage, its vs. it’s, or the occasional run-on or awkward wording if the overall story is strong, but that’s not the case here.
I miss my writing group back in NY, which meets weekly, welcomes new people, knows how to critique properly, and has real conversations between sprints.
Would you quit going to a writing group if you didn’t click with it?