Welcome to the Insecure Writers Support Group. IWSG meets on the first Wednesday of every month to discuss the ups and downs of being a writer, air our insecurities and offer support to others. Click on the pick above for a full list of participants.
This month, I’m back to school for the summer term. I’m only taking two classes so I should have a little more time for myself and writing. I’m working on a new WIP (been working on it for a couple of weeks) and I’m trying not to get too worked up about how fast it’s moving. Because it’s moving at an agonizing pace. It’s not that I don’t know what I’m writing (fun fact: I had an idea, but no plot, then I dreamed the whole middle section of the novel, and remembered to write it down the next morning, so I’ve got about 75 percent of the plot down), but when I sit down to write, I can only get about two or three pages (handwritten) done before I feel mentally exhausted by the effort. The writing isn’t even that good – I’m not shooting for good right now – but this is a specific world I’m going to and I think that the energy I’m using to put myself in that place, and in my character’s head is just draining me.
I’ve gone back to handwriting my first drafts, because that is the easiest way for me to write. Maybe it’s a muscle memory, considering that I’m old enough to have not used a computer or even a typewriter through much of my youth. A quick Google search seems to show that it is a generational thing. Younger people seem to like to type more than us olds.