#IWSG: A Good Enough Writing Month?

IWSG

It’s Wednesday again. Specifically, it’s the first Wednesday of the month and this means it’s time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (#IWSG) to meet. Last month, I set myself a single goal for the month, which was to publish a blog post each day for the month of October. Originally, I planned to be participating in the 31-day writing challenge too, which is prompt-based, but I quickly gave up on that. I also didn’t set myself a goal of broadening my writing horizons in any specific way. I just wanted to hit that “Publish” button everyday for 31 days. And I didn’t reach that goal.

For this reason, I’m not sure how I feel about my writing over the past month. I mean, I know when I said in my September IWSG post that having published 21 posts in August made it an “okay” month, people responded that they felt this was a huge achievement. I know at one point I struggled to publish one blog post a week too. But I want to keep challenging myself. Then again, maybe I’ve reached my potential.

So, in keeping with yesterday’s post, I’m going to say this past month was good enough with respect to my writing. Not perfect – far from it. But it was good enough.

Now on to this month’s optional question. This month, the question is: what’s harder to do: coming up with your book title or writing the blurb? Now I must say I haven’t attempted to write books since my teens and had no idea authors had to come up with the blurb themselves. I’ve tried writing book blurbs and titles before even writing a single chapter – sort of like pitching a movie idea to Hollywood or whatever.

I honestly didn’t find coming up with titles particularly hard when I still wrote short stories or book manuscripts. That being said, my one published piece – yes, the one I got published in 2015 – is untitled. I also struggle sometimes with coming up with original titles for my blog posts. I mean, for memes like #WeekendCoffeeShare, I’ve gotten used to going with a predetermined format. With other diary-style posts though, I really struggle. And it doesn’t help that I have a weird idea that no two blog posts on my blog can ever have the exact same title.

How was your writing month?

15 thoughts on “#IWSG: A Good Enough Writing Month?

  1. When I first started blogging in 2008, I wrote a post every day for a year. OMG, it was exhausting. Then I dropped to once a week. Then I invited hosts to contribute. Now I’m down to once a month. Where to from here? You’re doing good, Astrid.

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    1. Thank you so much for your compliment. I’ve been blogging on WordPress ever since 2007 and always had this weird rule that if I hadn’t posted at least one blog post in each consecutive month, my blog would have to go. Thankfully, I haven’t had to give up on that many long-lasting projects that way so far.

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    1. I understand not selling makes you feel less motivated, even though I’ve personally never written for profit. It would be comparable I guess to if I never got any response to my blog posts. I’d give up quickly too and resort to private journaling.

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    1. Oh, that makes sense. I thought the blurb was what went onto the back cover of books or on bookstores’ sites. Now I understand. Thanks for clarifying.

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