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.
I’m still working on my science fantasy novel at the moment. I’ve written about 40,000 words on it but it but I ran into plot issues that I’ve been mulling over for what seems like forever. I’ve now decided to rewrite it all from the beginning, which is quite daunting.
I’m hoping to have it all finished and edited by September, so that I can send it off to beta readers in the autumn. To accomplish that I’ll have to write a minimum of 500 words a day from now until June. This is probably a tiny amount for most authors but I have a lot of plates spinning at the moment so I can only spare about 30 minutes to an hour each day. I’m off work in August so that will be my best opportunity to polish it.
I feel like I’ve been thinking about this book much more than I’ve been writing it, and this year I really need to crack on and just get the words on the page. Hopefully, I can make it happen this year, otherwise it probably never will.
This month’s optional question:
Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?
I enjoy visual flash fiction prompts but I can’t think of a specific example where a picture has inspired a whole story. I tend to get the idea for a story first, then I go searching for images that fit the general aesthetic to help me visualise specific characters or aspects of the setting. I love creating mood boards for my stories on Pinterest or collages for #ThursdayAesthetic on Twitter. I do have a board of interesting images that could be used as writing prompts, but I’ve ever actually developed any of them into a story!