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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Insecure Writer's Support Group

Posting first Wednesday of every month YOU can sign up HERE to find out more about the purpose of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, the brainchild of Alex Cavanaugh.

Our fearless leaders have asked that we share a little bit about ourselves. Well, if you really want to know, you can click on About Me to discover the secrets of my fascinating life.

In an effort to keep these posts short and sweet in the coming year, I'll be sharing an appropriate quote. 


E. L. Doctorow

Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.

My whole writing life has been a process of learning as I go. Sure, I've taking plenty of writing classes and courses which have taught me many wonderful things. But still,  I'm never quite sure how a story is going to proceed, or how I'm going to tell it, or how the characters are going to evolve. What works for one person, may not work for me. What works for me, may not work for you. So... the actual process of writing remains a mystery.

This post is a perfect example. I had no idea what I was going to say...

And this, I believe, is what makes writing, for me, so wonderful and terrifying at the same time.

What about you? Do you pretty much know what you're going to say/write when you sit down? Or do things just sort of flow out of you unbidden?


The month of January I am the Author of the Month on Carol Kilgore's web page. I'll be giving away books. Come check it out!


  1. Love the quote. I have a general idea of where my story is going but that's about it until I start writing.

  2. I usually have an idea and then something totally different comes out.

  3. I tend to plan my writing to death before I begin. Some of it still goes in a new direction though.

  4. I tend to do a lot of thinking about my fiction before I write anything down, but not really any planning. As far as blogging goes, I never know what's going to come up on the page when I sit down. I can start with one idea and then it will turn into something completely different.

  5. Congrats on being author of the month. Woohoo.

    Love that quote. Learning as we go. Ain't it the truth?

  6. I plot novels, but not short pieces.

    Great quote.

  7. Hi Bish - doing what we do best .. writing and be aware of what's happening in our type of writing .. and being creative in our thoughts .. not stuck with one concept ..

    You do start with nothing and learn as you go .. keep learning ...

    Good for you .. your stories will win through .. cheers Hilary

  8. Great quote, Bish!

  9. That's an awesome quote. Writing for me has always been the opposite. If I don't know where it's going, I can't write at all. We are all different and the way we write is as varied as we are.

  10. So very true. Nice to hear someone else say it! Sorry I'm late on IWSG!


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