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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

#IWSG- flying by the seat of your pants

Welcome to another Insecure Writer's Support Group blog-o-mania!  Join us!



Today's prompt was one valuable lesson we've learned since we started writing--there are way too many!

But since I do need to narrow that down, let me say, "Being able to pivot".

Now, there are plenty of ways to interpret that. As a writer, it's important to be able to change with the publishing world. The publishing world wasn't buying humorous fantasy (people were, NY wasn't)- so I pivoted and went Indie instead.

We also have to adapt in our stories. Even a plotter is going to have moments where things go left instead of right. For us pantsers, it's even more common. But, you can't freak out. You simply turn and move on.

Changes can come from outside sources as well--editors, cover art, formatters, proofreaders- all of these folks can through you for a loop (rather, your well-made plans ;)). Pivot and move on. Keeping in mind that changes happen and aren't the end of the world--AND that I can just keep moving forward has been my biggest lesson--I think. I could be wrong. ;)

Happy IWSG DAY!

14 comments:

  1. I completely agree. The saying about the best laid plans totally popped into my head when reading your post. I'm a pantser so yeah things often veer off course but I have to roll with it. Being open to change is key in may aspects.

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    1. Very true. It's hard to let go of an idea or vision, but we need to be able to. :)

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  2. Good advice. Writer's have to learn to let go of many things, including lots of words in my case. I'm an over-writer.

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    1. I always have to let go of some words and add a bunch more new ones in ;)

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  3. Nothing is constant in the writing world. Whether it's learning new tricks, or figuring out how to market your book, or finding new critique partners, everything keeps changing. Just have to learn how to roll with it.

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    1. Yup- and yet we keep coming back for more ;)

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  4. I'm in the process of pivoting at the moment. It seems to happen a lot to me. At least I see I'm not alone!

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    1. Nope! As long as we keep pivoting, we're still in the game!

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  5. Wonderful advice-- I've been doing this without knowing it is called pivoting!

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  6. "Ho! Ha ha! Pivot! Dodge! Parry! Turn! Guard! Thrust!"

    -Daffy Duck

    (I think the line goes something like that)

    http://www.cdgallantking.ca/2017/07/strangely-funny-iv-release-iwsg-july.html

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