IWSG – November 2018

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Hey look at that. It’s time once again for the monthly installment of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Take some time, look here. Decide you want to join in all the fun and sign up. All writing insecurities are welcome.

Also, there is another Twitter pitch party coming up on January 15th, 2109. IWSGPit 2019

Get your pitches ready. I’ve had some small successes in these events and am hopeful this time the usual nibbles will instead be huge bites.

I’m still in flux when it comes to the direction of this blog. I like the idea of it focusing on the creative aspects of my life, but I’m still unsure how that will look. I used to share flash fiction here, bits of poetry, but even though I was proud of those pieces, I always felt the interest in those blogs was limited. Also, it is very hard to comment on short fictions and (especially) poetry. I wanted my blog to be a place of engagement, and I’m not sure posting that way inspired that sort of interaction.

What sorts of writing blogs do you all find useful and interesting? I don’t want to copy anyone else, but I am interested in the sorts of topics that bring each of you back to any particular blog. Any input or advice I can get will be most welcome.

Alright, enough about that for now, On to the next-

The optional IWSG question this month looks something like this- How has your creativity in life evolved since you began writing?

Okay, so it looks exactly like that.

I love this question, and I’d wager for most of us, the answer is very similar. I’ve always seen myself as creative, as far back as I can remember. My mother tells stories of me as a small boy, under the age of 4, making up adventures with my toys, creating odd songs, walking around the apartment singing them.

I was constantly shifting from one idea to the next, and sometimes felt unable to express all the awesome things floating about in my head.

By the time I was 11, I’d started writing short stories, certain they were already among the most awesome things ever written (they weren’t, I promise). I loved the creative process, which I naively thought was pretty easy. There was always something new to think about, write about, and I was completely convinced I would be a professional writer when I grew up.

Funny how easily life becomes a self created stumbling block. I still haven’t quit on that dream, but it has taken way longer than I ever expected.

Like every writer, I’ve gone through periods of hyper creativity and also had times when the distance between ideas felt like crossing a never ending desert. But as I’ve concentrated on improving my writing, my creativity has become more focused. I find ideas don’t come at me in impossible to navigate waves any longer. I don’t get overwhelmed by the need to take on twenty stories at once, and I don’t get bogged down or depressed when it feels like there will never be another idea ever again.

It’s all part of the same process, right?

 

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About Ryan Carty

There are some who call me, Tim?

16 responses to “IWSG – November 2018”

  1. emaginette says :

    I tend to search for the subject I’m struggling with then post what I’ve learned. Some searches include first lines, first chapters, plotting, and research. I hope that answers your question about what writing blogs I read.

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  2. raimeygallant says :

    Hi Ryan! You’re welcome to join my blog hop if you’re interested in trying that direction out. Here’s the info: https://raimeygallant.com/2017/03/22/authortoolboxbloghop/ We don’t start up again until January.

  3. Liesbet @ Roaming About says :

    You are creative and you’re doing what you love most. That’s pretty awesome! I never thought or dreamt about becoming a writer (and only use that term since I have no other tag to give myself :-)), but once I became an adventurer, I often said “I’ll write a book one day.”

    As far as blogs go. I don’t have that many writing blogs I follow (so little time these days), but I do enjoy reading your personal pieces, about your experiences or about what you learned.

    By the way, not sure whether I mentioned it before, but when I was at Powell’s bookstore in Portland a few weeks ago, I thought about you and looked up at all the corners, wondering which hotel you stayed at. 🙂

  4. Alex J. Cavanaugh (@AlexJCavanaugh) says :

    Some of my favorite writing blogs include Anne R. Allen and Elizabeth S. Craig. And Raimey Gallent. Otherwise I just follow my interests which includes those who talk about movies and blogger buddies I’ve know for years.

  5. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor says :

    I love reading about all these folks (like you) who started writing when they were young. I came to it so late that I feel like I’m missing out 🙂

    In terms of blogs, I like ones that have a mix of things – some personal stuff (love reading about people’s daily lives and routines – everyone is so different), writing experiences and journey (what’s worked, what hasn’t etc.), examples of their creative work (like you do on your blog), and things that make me laugh. And of course, pictures of cats 🙂

    • Ryan Carty says :

      I also love blogs that share personal experiences and I wish I felt more confident sharing mine. Hard not to think to yourself, “Well, this is infinitely dull.” and delete the post.

  6. diedre says :

    Lots of bloggers do just what you have been doing; blogging about what inspires you. Consistency helps as well, Folks get used to seeing you around and start looking forward to what you have to say. Don’t worry about dry spells, we all get them. Just keep those fingers poised for when creativity flows again – you know it will 😉

  7. Shannon Lawrence says :

    I don’t really have a strict pattern to what I blog about, but I try to jot down when I get an idea of something I’d like to discuss. As I learn new things, I do try to do blog posts about them to pass along what I might have learned the hard way.

  8. Michelle Wallace (@mishy1727) says :

    I find it difficult to blog about personal stuff… what if it’s boring?
    Don’t stress too much about the direction of your blog. Just be YOU. It always works.

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