Wednesday, November 2, 2016

IWSG Among Other Things

Brain Child of Alex J. Cavanaugh
The awesome co-hosts for the November 2 posting of the IWSG will be Joylene Nowell Butler, Jen Chandler, Mary Aalgaard, Lisa Buie Collard, Tamara Narayan, Tyrean Martinson, and Christine Rains!

I went back into my archives and found this post from 2011. Thing just don't ever change! Except the logo for IWSG is now different, and there's a question to answer each month. November's question is What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?

The Insecure Writer, Me 2011

See these nails?  I stopped biting them just in time to save the fingertips and why? Because I'm an INSECURE WRITER; I need those fingers for the keyboard.



This is me when I was an INSECURE ACTRESS, biting my nails.  (Ignore the caption. Marilyn was always trying to get the spotlight away from me. I think she might have been more insecure than I was.)


I don't know which is worse, my insecurity on stage or what I'm enduring now. But I no longer look like the picture above. Here's a more recent one. 
Writer on the Verge . . . but of what?


Oh, I have me ups and downs. There have been days when I've seen myself with the Nobel prize for literature clutched in my nibbled fingers. I once thought I'd craft a Newberry Award acceptance speech just in case . . . you know the phone rang. But when a call came through on the day the award was decided, it was the vet telling me I could pick up Buffy.

This is my INSECURE WRITERS REJECTION week and I'm celebrating by joining the blog hop of other angst-filled-creative-finger nibblers. At last a support group.

Answer to the November Question: I like to be able to tell stories the way I want to. Writing is a control freak's best friend.

73 comments:

  1. Wow, that was your first post for the IWSG! And it just really hit home that it's been around five years now. I had no idea how it would grow when I began it.

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    1. It's interesting to look back, isn't it?

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  2. Save the nails and keep typing! Yes, the control over the creation is a bonus. Although, the characters seem to take over, at times.
    Mary at Play off the Page

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  3. Through writing you can also control the reader's thoughts as you take them on your adventure.

    Thoughts in Progress
    and MC Book Tours

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  4. I'm sure Buffy was ready to come home though.

    I keep my nails trimmed really short so there's no biting.

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  5. I bite my nails until I had kids, then there was no time. Now I cut them as short as I can so I can type 70+ words a minute. I'm proud of you for not biting!

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    1. Kids do change how we allot our time and energy! I sit on my hands when I'm really upset. Old habit from being a kid.

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  6. I used to bite my nails. I just nibble from time to time now. What a great 'old' post. Nice to reminisce and see how far you've come in those few years. You must be proud as punch! :) Have a super November.

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    1. Still looking at those nails and thinking about a quick bite or two, Nicola! Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Yes, we need our fingers to write! I had bit my nails when I was little because my best friend got me into it. Now I let them grow. :)

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    1. Much better not to chew on those nails. And now you have all kinds of reasons not to. Good books out. Wonderful following. And this group when you need it.

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  8. Awesome post!! Love it. The only problem is that picture is of me, not Marilyn. I worked as her decoy. Sure, I was born three years after the day she died, but as a writer, I can manipulate those facts to my story with the time machine I have written into the plot.

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    1. You're one creative writer, Elizabeth!

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  9. I don't bite my nails -- I need them to hang onto the unraveling rope I always seem to be hanging by! :-)

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  10. I've never been a nail bitter. A good thing since I need those nails for crafting and tiny beads.

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    1. Oh yes. Much better than tweezers. Good for you.

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  11. A wonderful trip down memory lane of the IWSG.
    Hope there are more wonderful post to come.
    Alex certainly started something when he started this group.
    Yvonne.

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  12. Not a lot changes with us writers unless we hit the big times! The indie revolution has given us the freedom to write exactly what we like. I love that!

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    1. It has definitely done that, and it has filled our days and nights like nothing else.

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  13. Great post! I've read over some of my older IWSG posts and you're right: they don't change much!

    Cheers,
    Jen

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    1. At least we can count on something to be consistent!

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  14. That was a terrific post! I'm not a nail biter myself, but my hubby and son are nail pickers. Now I'm curious to go back and see what my first IWSG post was!

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    1. I think we should all take a look at that first post and see if we've changed in any way.

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  15. Great flash back! I loved your answer to the Nov. question.

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    1. Thanks so much. I like short and to the point answers!

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  16. Hands down, you have the most awesome website I've ever seen! Love it! And slightly jealous. .

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    1. That's really so kind of you. Glad you visited and enjoyed.

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  17. Biting nails can give one worms, just saying lol writing the way one wants to is the way to be.

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  18. You made me laugh today. And when I saw the frazzled writer picture I decided I better comb my hair again or I might look just like that. Been nearly pulling it out lately.

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    1. It's good we don't have audiences while we write. Oye! I'm always such a mess.

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  19. I don't bite my nails but have to keep them short or else I won't be able to play my piano comfortably...
    Happy IWSG Day!
    Thanks for the laughs!

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    1. And I like the look of short nails. Great to see all the posts today!

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  20. I don't bite my nails either, and I do keep them short but because of necessity. They are too thin, like my skin sometimes when getting feedback from my wonderful beta readers! I've learned to read the feedback, wait three days, then read it again. Always works. After three days I can actually hear what they're saying instead of just reacting!

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  21. Nail biting...but it's cool when characters do it in a book:)

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  22. I had to smile at your last sentence. Writing is a control freak's best friend. When I think about how we manipulate our characters then I have to agree with you.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat

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    1. We can't manipulate people like that and be a very nice person, can we?

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  23. I've struggled with biting my nails all my life. I've been better for quite awhile until I revert back for a bit,

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  24. Lol! What a fun toss back. Classic. Some things really never do chance, eh?

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  25. LOL - love this!
    And I never made the connection between being a control freak (totally am!!!) and loving writing. You're SO right! :)

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  26. ha, that's awesome. I love looking back to see where I've been and how things might have changed.

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  27. Ha, yes, TOTALLY a control freak's best friend. :)

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  28. I am pretty certain that a lot of the writer's my awe struck self comes across would continue to tell their stories, even if they had to pound the keyboards with their bleeding stumps.
    For which I thank them.

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  29. It's nice to bring back old posts! Being a writer - profession or not - is worrying and nerve-wracking sometimes.

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  30. What a terrific first post for IWSG. As the commercial used to say, "You've come a long way, baby!"

    "Writing is a control freak's best friend." LOVE it! (It's kinda true, too!)

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  31. Writing is not for the faint-hearted. My nails still look like that.

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  32. LOL. Control freak. Yeah, I can relate.

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  33. Very funny post. I think insecurity and comedy go hand in hand!

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  34. 'Writing is a control freak's best friend.' You tell 'em, girl!

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  35. I love it! Reminiscing is fun. How are your nails today? :)

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  36. It actually took me a while to understand that there were links behind those books! And when I realized that, a smile broke on my lips. Those links also did not disappoint me. A marvelous website. I will explore some more.

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  37. Oh yes, I excel at control freakery! :-)

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  38. Loved this post! "Writing is a control freak's best friend." Priceless. Have a great day.

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  39. LOL. "Writing is a control freak's best friend!" And who doesn't dream (in their own particular Secret Garden) of winning a Nobel or Newbery prize?

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  40. Thanks for coming by my blog and how did we lose touch! I don't remember the name of the blog but I'd never forget your lovely face! And I'm with you - writing is a control freak's best friend. As a person who's written a ton of plays - gah! They get all in your kool-aid with their ideas about the set and the voice and the intention. Rather right a novel my way.

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  41. Thanks for sharing this older post. I like the control freak answer, too :)

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  42. LOL.... Lee, I like your answer.... very appropriate!

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  43. I like the final lines of this post. To be a writer is the closest we can be to ruling the world even if it is our own little world inside our minds.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  44. What an enjoyable post, Lee! I love playing with words and looking for ways to entertain readers. :)

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  45. I'm still snickering and nodding. Great post and so fun. Nibble, nibble, nibble...

    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  46. Poor fingers. I bet Buffy was happy to see you though.
    I used to bite my nails when I was a kid. Don't remember why. Now, I file them pretty close.
    Great post.

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  47. This made me smile! I'm glad I write because there isn't much else in life that can be controlled.

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  48. I hear you about control issues. That's what drew me to self-publishing, too.

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  49. I am so sorry about your nibbled finger nails but thank you for making me laugh.

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  50. This was fun Lee! I never was a nail biter, but our Halloween candy supply has dwindled and we barely had any trick-or-treaters. At least you don't have to worry about the calories! I also took part in the first IWSG and can't believe it's been around for five years. I always look forward to our monthly gatherings.

    Julie

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  51. Wow! Amazing how long the IWSG has been around. What a great group of writers. I always enjoyed reading everyone's posts. :)
    ~Jess

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