My admiration and amazement for the members of this group has climbed higher than it has always been. The stories submitted were wonderful. There is so much talent among the IWSG that I'm wondering if we really should think about dropping the 'insecure' part. Talent and terrific writing abounds. I wish the book was big enough to include all the entries. If you're not already a member of this dynamic and diverse group, joining would be a great way to start 2016.
Co-hosts for January's IWSG blog hop are:
L.G. Keltner http://lgkeltner.blogspot.com/
Denise Covey http://dencovey.blogspot.com/
Sheri Larsen http://www.salarsenbooks.com/
J.Q. Rose http://www.jqrose.com/
Chemist Ken http://hogwartssabbatical.
Michelle Wallace http://www.writer-in-transit.
I'm sure many people for their post today are taking about their plans and goals for the next year or the next few months. And all of us will be searching for inspiration or new ways to keep the writing bug active. I've been doing really well with my determination to write every day. But to create words every day, a writer needs that flow of creativity.
Good plotting is one way to keep the words spilling forth. I'm lining up a guest for IWSG who is excellent at plotting. I can't even comprehend how fast this man writes as he produces novel after excellent novel. And he's going to share his methods with us.
I have an excellent office to write in but sometimes I need a change of scenery. A bit of advice I saw in a writing magazine recently suggested getting out of the house or office. This really does work for me. In the small down near me, a small tea/coffee shop opened up. A great, quiet little place to write with no of the distractions of home. There's also a two Starbucks less than fifteen minutes away and the cafe at the BAM is nearby also.
On the more personal news, I still haven't bought a 2016 calendar for on the wall. My husband just can't do without it. I keep forgetting because I so seldom look at it. I'm thinking they're on sale now but if I don't go soon I might have trouble finding one with numbers big enough for him to see.
I already spent some of my Christmas bounty. My B&N gift card is used but I still have some Amazon gifts to use. There are so many books I want that it's difficult to chose. My daughter and I recently discussed the writing of one of our favorite fantasy writers, Patrick Rothfuss. His use of words paint pictures and evoke emotions in every scene. I want to write like that in 2016.
"The difference between the almost right word and the right words is really a large matter--it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning." Mark Twain
Have you checked out the winners on IWSG? Does a change of scenery help you write better or faster? Did you get some gift cards for Christmas? Did you buy a 2016 wall calendar or do you rely only on your electronic calendars?