Insecure Writer’s Support Group: New Year’s Resolutions!

Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a group made, and for, writers, who have some type of insecurity. This blog hop is made to help writers not just express their insecurities (as silly as they think it is) but to help encourage each other and continue to write. So please join and start encouraging others to write! The world needs our stories!

To join the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, please visit the Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh here!


Happy New Year! Did you enjoy your holidays? Did you have a good Christmas? I certainly did! For one thing, I’m officially done with school until I decide to go for my Bachelor’s. However, until then, I’m going to enjoy my accomplishments!

In any case, with a new year comes new resolutions! Of course, I have your standard ones – work out! Be more confident! Be more willing to try out new things! Wear different styles of clothes! But for this context, I want to try to be a little bit more daring… in writing and in reading! Here’s a few resolutions for me to follow. Hopefully, I can actually stick to them this year:

  • Read up to 5 books.
  • Finish writing one novel.
  • Finish a NaNoWriMo!
  • Update this blog a lot more often!

It’s not that much compared to others but I want to put something there that’s a little realistic and actually attainable versus something that I’d want  to do (read a lot, write a lot), but let’s be real here. There’s a huge chance that I’m not even going to be able to do any of them but I do want to be on the right track! Maybe I should post some book reviews if I actually do end up reading… Hm. That way I could kill two birds with one stone!

What are your writing/reading resolutions for the new year?

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Tis the Season to Put Off Studying

Ah, finals. There’s just something about it that’s amazing, especially when you’re at the end of a semester – especially when you’re promised to graduate (with passing grades of course). Not only that, professors in colleges and high schools often schedule finals around the same time the holidays are, especially Christmas.

One would often wonder why that’s so – why couldn’t they wait until after? But then, would anyone really want to study during Christmas or any other special holiday?

And yet… while I have only three subjects to study for, I’m putting it off till the very last minute – a bad habit I’ve had since high school. Thankfully, I’m a quick learner and I do have quite a grasp on the subjects already. It’s just… doing it.

But how does this pertain to writing? Well, because suddenly, I want to work on “The Witches Claws”. Suddenly, I care to write much more than when I had the whole month of November to do so. And it’s annoying. I still have the same ideas, the same endings, the same growth Zuri, the main character, will go through – nothing new has changed or suddenly inspired me, just the drive. And of course it’s during a vital time where I need to focus on my grades. I mean, I’m not too worried about my grades, but I don’t want to be too relaxed either!

One thing’s for sure, work is throwing me for a loop (even knowing that I have finals this week) with the extended hours is going to be a challenge.

All in all, I guess I’ll wait until after finals to see if I’ll still have the drive to work on my novel. Argh! Why couldn’t I have been this driven last month?

Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Words of Encouragement

 Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a group made, and for, writers, who have some type of insecurity. This blog hop is made to help writers not just express their insecurities (as silly as they think it is) but to help encourage each other and continue to write. So please join and start encouraging others to write! The world needs our stories!

To join the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, please visit the Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh here!


Sadly, I didn’t win this year’s NaNoWriMo like I intended to. I had a good flow going until the inevitable Thanksgiving break where I spent more time preparing for Thanksgiving (and, subsequently, the upcoming busy days of Black Friday at work) and studying rather than working on my novel.

And, of course, my health took a very dramatic turn for the worse when I picked up a rather nasty cold (one I’m still recovering from) which further stopped me from not just writing, but from studying and actually working. However, unlike last year, I don’t intend to give this story up.

Original Cover (made by Hannah)

Original Cover (made by Hannah)

I even had a cover made by Hannah! There’s just no way I’m going to give up now! … But after this NaNoWriMo, it gets me fired up to continue to write. Even though there’s only a month in the year now, I fully intend on releasing this story someway, somehow.

So here’s my words of encouragement to those who also failed NaNoWriMo: Don’t give up! There were certain things that were way beyond our control this year that we just couldn’t control. It’s by no means our fault.

However, let’s look on the bright side! We started something. We’ve created a world, or continued it, where we created characters and aspects of them that they themselves may not have known (or will eventually know). We have something that no one else has and that’s our creativity. Whether you intend to finish out the month writing your story, or putting it aside for the next year to work on it (as the holidays will definitely consume our time), the point is that you have something started and it’s important to keep going and not give up.

NaNoWriMo may have been a challenge from the start to get our writing going and to aim for that 50K word challenge but I think the real challenge is to keep the creative juices flowing. Sure it’s nice to have that badge of honor saying, “We’ve won!” but it’s also important that you continue to challenge yourself to write more often. I know for me, I’ve always dreamed of writing different kinds of stories, characters, and try different kinds of genres.

But just because we have lost doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep trying. Maybe next year I’ll do better. Maybe next year I’ll have a better job where I won’t have to completely focus on it during this time of year. Maybe next year I won’t be studying to get my degree and move on from there. I just know that I will always have next year and that next year, I’ll have a new story to share with everyone. And you will too.

Are you going to keep going with writing your stories? Why or why not? What’s your story about?

Insecure Writer’s Support Group: NaNoWriMo Worries

Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a group made, and for, writers who have some type of insecurity. This blog hop is made to help writers not just express their insecurities (as silly as they think it is) but to help encourage each other and to continue to write. So please join and start encouraging others to write! The world needs our stories!

To join the Insecure Writer’s Supporter Group, please visit the Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh here!


Even though it’s only been a few days, I’m already worried. It’s not that work is stressful, it’s just long hours. Sometimes, I only have enough time to little things here and there – no, what’s taking the majority of my time is school!

You see, I’ve been in school for far longer than I really should have but I finally put in the papers for graduation. And it only recently got approved. I have to make sure I not only pay for my college tuition but I also have to save up for Christmas as well. Studying, right now, takes precedence especially when I’m so close!

But then, I want to finish my story as well. I know what I want to write about and I have the story already written in my head. I just need to put it on my document – but I’m still worried. I always get worried.

“Did I finish that homework?”

“Did I read the appropriate chapters?”

“Did I get all the notes? Do I need to talk to my classmates for additional notes?”

Things are getting a little hectic especially since it’s getting closer and closer to the dreaded Black Friday as well. I’m worried I won’t be able to finish my novel on time. You see, I had tried to do it last year but I wasn’t able to.

Although, the difference is that I know why I didn’t make it – I wasn’t feeling it as much as I should. I didn’t prepare. With Mermaid Tears, I’ve always had the characters and story. I’ve always known who they were and why they were the way they were. Last year, I had no clue about the strange new characters and, unfortunately, I didn’t want to get to know them. For that, I regret that I didn’t, especially since I’ve forever lost their information (well, the majority of it).

This year is different, though. I had met the new characters of The Witches Claws and I’ve gotten to know them. They trust me to tell their story and share it with everyone. Heh, out of context, it sounds like I may have some additional problems…But I’m just worried I won’t be able to… I guess what I should do is take advantage of the extra time off I get. Right now, things are calm and you know that old saying (“Things are calmest before the storm”).

So, what I should do? Well, it should be obvious. I should do as much as I can.

Happy NaNoWriMo in 2015!

 Finally, it’s November 1st!

As we all know, yesterday was Halloween – a time for candy, treats, and costumes! Though, yesterday, I had to work which is always fun… But thankfully, after I got home, and watched some traditional Halloween movies and show with the boyfriend, I went right to work on my novel, The Witches Claws.

If you’re not aware of the plot, it’s this:

Two beat cops respond to a 911 call in the legendary creepy woods, Witches Claws, to a lone house. When they arrive, they find a frightened young woman where she spins a tale of a curse and a killer in the house.

The cops start to investigate the house as they slowly come across various bodies of the past as well as their memories prior to being killed.

But… neither of them have psychic powers though…

I mentioned this before, but I originally wanted to write this story for Halloween but school and work got in the way. However, that’s okay – I’ve been wanting to do NaNoWriMo again in the future, might as well try to do it this year!

The goal of this particular novel is to actually finish it and turn it into a light novel (though maybe without the illustrations). Typically, they have about 20,000 words to 50,000 (oddly enough, the amount we all have to write for this month) but they can be longer. So yeah, that’s the goal.

Maybe this particular novel won’t have illustrations as I’m planning to actually sell this novel after I get it written and heavily edited, but I don’t want this novel to end up like Mermaid Tears, in which I’m still writing and I’m seriously stuck on a particular plot point.

Eh. I won’t be able to post every day on my current word count, but I will try to at least post about a major milestone (as in maybe 5K words or 10K words) and when I’m not working on homework and I’m off from work.

Let’s keep going! Don’t give up! Right now, I have a good start! After this post, I have only 2,484 words! Only 47,516 words to go…

How many words have you written today?

Here We Go Again!

So here we go again, huh? This would be my second writing blog – but this time, I’m going to stick to one and and I’m going to (try really hard) to update more often. I might be reposting some things from the old blog (like tips, not really the prompts – that’s for another time entirely).

It’s almost that wonderful time of year (NaNoWriMo) and this year, it looks like I have a challenge since I have not just classes but work as well. The holidays are coming up.. can I really handle the pressure and make it?!

As for the story, well, I wanted to originally write out the first draft at least before Halloween but with work and school, that just didn’t happen. Instead, I did a lot of preparing for NaNoWriMo. I hope it doesn’t go to waste!

Are you going to do NaNoWriMo this year? If so, what’s your story’s plot going to be?