Edited on 6/5: Late last night, I found the group you see above. Thanks to Elizabeth Mueller, I found out there are so many people like me out there it is a bit scary. The original post from early yesterday seems to fit the rules of IWSG, which are: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.
So, I figured I'd go back in time and offer Wednesday's post as my first IWSG post:
I've been fighting a cold and sore throat my children so lovingly shared with me and today, I am worn out. It's gray outside and only 56 up here near Boston. I have nothing going on until this evening and realized that all the ideas I have in my head, for the current WIP, needed to get down on paper...laptop.
After talking to Cindy about an underlying theme we needed for our story, I got to work this morning on writing. I am up to 21K words. 60K is my goal, then I will edit/spell check and send it to Cindy. I'm hoping to coincide with her summer break so she can read it, add her flair, then we'll combine her notes into the story and find some beta readers. I am keeping my fingers crossed the first draft of this story will be ready to go out to a beta reader(s) by the end of August.
I do not see any YA or Adult books of this genre on the shelf. I find limited information in the library on what we are writing about. My instincts are telling me to try and get this out there soon because someone will beat us to it. We can make up whatever we want in this genre and as there really isn't any guideline out there now, I feel we have more freedom. (Think "Twilight" and how Meyer introduced us to the non-human killing Vampires who sparkle.) Now that I have given myself a deadline...and have a job...I should be able to do this.
My job consists of watching a lovely 3 month old little girl who takes two naps in the time span that I watch her, early in the week. This gives me time to write and since I am not in my own house and do limited housework, I have more free time there than I do in my own home; I have to utilize it!
We have the end of this book all worked out. We have a working title, finally, which I will reveal in the next post! I am beginning to form scenes in my head (I think in movie scenes and then try to get it down into words) and I'm slowly filling in the gaps between those scenes. We are also making a concerted effort to make this a 'clean' book. No, or very limited, swearing, no drug use...things like that. Cindy and I both have preteens and are more than conscious of what they are reading and can get their hands on. There are many good stories out there that don't have numerous four letter words or graphic sex scenes in them. Of course, since we are writing about 18 year olds-ish, we have to be realistic in their language, which is a fine line to try and balance upon.
Now that my break is over, off to work towards 22K words before the kiddos come home from school. Stay tuned for the working title reveal...