Wednesday, September 4, 2013

September IWSG: Do You Thumbtwiddle Between Projects?

Happy IWSG post day, folks! It's also the 2nd Anniversary of the group. Wow! I also hear there's big news over at Alex Cavanaugh's blog. Don't miss our great founder and Ninja Alex's big announcement.

The Insecure Writer's Support Group meets globally online on the first Wednesday of the month. It's a day where we can release our fears of writing or offer support to those in need. You can join up at any time by clicking on this link. This month's co-hosts are Chemist KenS.L. HennesseyMichelle Wallace, and Jolene Butler. A big shout-out to all of you for helping Alex this month!

I'm not feeling the insecurity this month. So, I'm offering up support. If you need it, grab some!! It's here, free for the taking. Need a shoulder to cry on? Ears to gripe at? Email me: candice.fite@gmail.com. Anytime. xoxoxo

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If you're wondering about the title of this post, well, I'm in between projects. Sort of. I'm waiting to hear back on some feedback, and I finished a first draft of yet another project. So now what? Do I twiddle my thumbs? 

Thumbtwiddling: To interlace the fingers and roll the thumbs in a circular motion, aka, twiddling. An action most performed by those who are bored. A complete waste of time.

Heck no! 

For me, in between projects is a good time to get busy.

I'm lusting over another story idea. I use the word lust, because that's the sort of crazed, I've-got-to-write-it drive I experience when researching a new premise. Surfing the Internet, reading articles, books, and just about anything I can get my eyes on relating to the subject. It's as if I can't get enough. Sort of like me with Blue Bell Buttered Pecan ice cream. 

How about you? Do you get lost or bored between projects? Are you a thumbtwiddler? What are your favorite sources for researching a new project?



20 comments:

  1. I admit I take breaks between projects. I usually have to see one until the very end before I can jump on something new.

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    1. I admire your steadfast dedication, Alex. :)

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  2. No. Usually when I'm working on a project another one (or two) is already pushing forward in my brain. :) I will admit to sometimes losing focus and twiddling my thumbs in the middle of a project, though. ;)

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    1. That's how I feel, Rachel. It's hard for me to keep the story ideas at bay. I sometimes think if I don't jump on the research, the excitement will die off. I figure if I can get enough info down in my idea notebook, when I'm ready to begin writing, I'll have already done the leg work.

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    2. Hi, Candi! Mmm, butter pecan... I'm full of ideas. I lose steam at the mid-point sometimes. I often have my best ideas when I'm working on other projects. Procrastination works for me. I've got a notebook for it.

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  3. Hey Candilynn! Ah, I love that shiny new project stage! All the possibilities!! I usually need that time between projects to refuel mentally. Drafting and revising drains the snot outta me. LOL And the word "bored" has no meaning in my world.

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  4. I fail to comprehend people who are bored. I just don't get how that's possible. For me, there are never enough hours in the day and I'm always left with way more things I didn't accomplish than I meant to/should have. Kudos to you on being so enthralled with your writing- mark of a great writer, there.

    And thanks so much for your insanely warm and loving comment. Gave we warm fuzzies all over.

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  5. I usually spend my time in between projects (or waiting for feedback) focusing on all the things I neglected getting the project done. Like hanging out with my blogging buddies. :)

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  6. Mark Twain worked on two novels at once: when one lagged, he would work on the other until it too lagged, changing to the other novel again.

    While I'm ironing out the chinks in my latest Victor novel, I did the finishing touches to the edit of LUCIFER'S ORPHAN. I am heaving a sigh of relief -- it is finished -- even sent out to a publisher for once! :-)

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  7. I generally don't pause between projects, as I usually have something else waiting in the wings! :)

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  8. I have far too many ideas zooming around in my head at the minute, so when I do finish my dissertation I'll have something else to dive right into :)

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  9. I don't really pause between projects. If I'm taking a break, it's to have some time off from writing. I love the rush of a new project, though sometimes I get too absorbed in the research.

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  10. I'm so glad that you are NOT feeling insecure today. Hmm, in between projects I tend to do other projects and take trips.

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  11. I'm waiting on my MS to come back from the editor. I organized an event in November and did work on a new series. Playing with formatting software today. So keeping busy.

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  12. I take breaks but am never bored. If I don't have an immediate project, I always have a book or exercises I can work on to learn more.

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  13. Who has time for boredom? I sometimes get so single minded that when I finish a project my break involves putting my house in order, including my working space. It means I'm ready to start again! So much to do and so little time to do it. I feel guilty because I haven't found the time to repaint my living room. Thanks for the offer of support! Love it!

    Happy IWSG Anniversary!

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  14. Between projects is an exciting time for me because I play around with a few different ideas to see what strikes me the most...and what I want to commit myself to for the next year or so. I see from your sidebar countdown that it's only 55 days to Halloween! I love Halloween and October and all the spooky stuff lurking in the shadows. Fun times. :)

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  15. Hehe, I really don't know what it's like to be between projects. I always have something going on. Love your definition of thumbtwidding, LOL!

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  16. Thanks for all the comments and visits! Happy Anniversary to all you IWSG'ers!!

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  17. I'm never one for twiddling because I always have wayyyyy too many projects going on in my life at one point. Probably the best reason why I'll never have a novel published is because I have to stop writing four of them at once!!!

    How are you, Candilynn? How's the Authorly life treatin' ya? :D

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