It’s time for another Insecure Writer’s Support Group post to boost my confidence and encourage myself to engage with the writing community. The IWSG post on the first Wednesday of every month.
This month’s co-hosts are: E.M.A. Timar, J. Q. Rose, C.Lee McKenzie, and Raimey Gallant!
Last month I was very busy writing posts for the A-Z challenge, so I didn’t actually get much work on my WiP done. However, my theme did relate to what I’m writing about and has given me a lot of food for thought. I’ve been puzzling over a lot of plot points and daydreaming about character motivations. It’s all a bit confusing at the moment but I feel as if things are starting to come into focus and that soon I’ll have the missing piece that will slot into the jigsaw and make the whole project make sense.
It’s spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?
Hmm, I’m not sure it inspires me to write more than the other seasons, but perhaps it inspires me in a different way. The rich earthy colours of autumn often inspire me; as do the crisp, white landscapes of winter. I’m motivated to write more in the summer because I have nearly six weeks off work and I naturally have more energy in the warmer months.
There is definitely something revitalising about spring, though. Springtime in England brings the beauty of buds and blossoms and fields of fluffy lambs. The longer days and milder weather give me a chance to get outdoors and I do draw a lot of inspiration from nature.
Spring is the season of rebirth and renewal, so it’s a good time to forget about past failures and focus on my writing goals and ideas for the future. The two week Easter break usually gives me a chance to kick-start a new writing project and the A-Z challenge in April also inspires me to write more.
Does spring inspire you more than the other seasons?
I love the connection you made between spring being a time of rebirth. I’m co-hosting this month, and I wanted to offer some tips to our newer hoppers, just things to help you get the most out of the hop. 🙂 1) If you haven’t already, you may want to make sure your Gravatar is up to date. This is because a lot of the hoppers are on WordPress blogs, and Gravatar is the app for leaving comments there, and it allows people to click on your comment so that it brings them directly to your site so they can return your comment. 2) Another thing some people do is leave a link back to their blog directly in the comment. I do this sometimes: http://www.raimeygallant.com 3) You may also want to check out the #IWSG hashtag around social media, especially Twitter. 🙂 Happy hopping!
Thanks for the tips, Raimey. Really appreciated!
It’s great that you used the A-Z this year to help as research for your novel 🙂 Happy writing.
Yeah, I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone. It turned out to be a good move.
My pleasure! Looking forward to your upcoming posts. 🙂
I agree, Spring is the time of rebirth and I love it for that. But honestly, it is a wreck for my creativity. Always in spring I become more sleepy and lazy and I get little done in compariso to other seasons. But hey, I won’t complain.
I lov ethat you are writing a Alice in Wonderland retelling! If you ever need a brainstorming partner, of a beta reader, you know where to find me 😉
I am lazier like that in the winter, really. I just want to snuggle up under a duvet and watch films all season. I will definitely take you up on the offer of beta-reading! Your insight would be invaluable.
I think I’m like that more in the summer when it’s hot. Springtime in the UK is nice and mild and the breeze is always refreshing and blows the cobwebs away, it kind of wakes up my mind. I will definitely be looking for beta readers when I’ve finished my first round of edits, so I’ll let you know. I’d really appreciate your input.