ISWG: November

It's the first Wednesday of the month and time for another Insecure Writers Support Group post.
I'm working through some mental blocks regarding my writing, and trying to calm myself down. I'm so eager to get a finished product that I get frustrated with the work required to get there. I knew writing wasn't easy, but for some reason I didn't think it would be this hard.
My problem right now (really my problem always) is beginnings. I never know how to start things. What both my CPs came back with was that the story doesn't really get interesting until nearly a third of the way through. Fitting in character introductions, explaining the nature of my universe and how the characters influence it, and laying the ground work for the latter part of the story--I'm have trouble getting it down without a lot of info dumping.
I'll get there. I just have to keep reminding myself that it will get done, and it will take time and effort to do it right.


  1. Ah, the issue of info dump. I still struggle with that too. I hope I'm getting better about avoiding it, but I find the tendency trying to bubble to the surface. Just keep your positive attitude and you'll surely get there!

  2. Jennifer, I went to a writing intensive workshop last Sat. The editor there encouraged us to go back to our first sentence, first graph, first page, and first five pages. Make them the best we can possibly make them. She encouraged us to get the "problem" down on the first couple of pages. As for information, dribble it over your manuscript like a delicious icing, weave it into dialogue. You don't have to give your reader all of it at one time. We were encouraged to resist that particular urge. Create hints in the beginning so when you do give a bit of backstory, the reader says, "Ah ha! That's why __ did ___."

    Happy IWSG day. :)

    1. Thanks for the advice. I tried it out and it already helped me with my first chapter.

  3. I'm terrible with beginnings, they are very hard!
    I've tagged you in a meme on my blog :)


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