As ever, thank you so much to everyone who linked up, I’ve really enjoyed all your posts. I’m also loving our little Facebook group which is brimming with advice and support (and off-loading of stresses). If you’re a writer/poet/blogger/*insert preferred writing category* and you’ve never linked up with #WhatImWriting before, what are you waiting for? It’s become such a lovely community due to our wonderful linkers. Here’s my summary of this month’s posts (and I think the categories I used in my last roundup were helpful – for me at least! – so I’m going to use them again):
Progress and Success
- Katia at Funky Wellies Random Thoughts shared some exciting publication news!
- Zoe at Little House Lea was finishing her novel and brimming with other ideas too!
- Emily Organ showed us her new book covers - wow!
- With the publication of her book coming ever closer (it’s out now!) Aimee Horton talked about the editing process.
Procrastination and Frustration
- Morgan at Morgan’s Milieu was dealing with self doubt (but pushing through it).
- My co-host Chrissie at Muddled Manuscript explained why she wouldn’t be doing CampNaNo for the first time in three years!
- Sophie at Sophie Is… talked about the identity crisis of being a ‘non-writing writer’.
- In an inspiring post, Rachael at Writing People Poetry wrote about perfectionism and procrastination.
Motivation and Inspiration
- Morgan talked about her ‘switcharoo’ in a powerful post about positive-thinking.
- I mused about the power of aspirations – what do they mean to you?
- What might Mummy Tries‘s next book be about? Reneé shared this and other things besides (ever wondered about her accented é?… )!
- Reneé also shared ‘The books that changed my life‘. How about that for inspiration?!
- Nikki Young shared her creative process (timelines and character interviews!) as she re-wrote her manuscript.
- Sophie talked about tweeting and facebooking on the campaign-trail. A whole different type of writing!
- Jo Winwood was pondering whether to give her poor character a happy ending – what would you do?
- Emily Organ shared masses of useful tips she’d picked up at the London Book Fair – thanks Emily!
- I shared my tips for finding time to write in the school holidays. (I may have locked myself in the bathroom to write the post… ).
- Nikki Young suggested some great writing exercises to help boost creativity and get through writer’s block – I’m still planning on trying them out when I find the time!
- Chrissie shared her top tips for coming back to a writing project you haven’t touched for a while.
Rumination and reflection
- Marija Smits reminded us how writing can feel like a love affair - oh, the passion when the words are flowing!
- Iona at Redpfeffer compared writing to parenting in a post that I think all writer-parents will understand.
- Dana at Writing at the Table shared a beautiful and heartbreaking post: “It will never be enough.”
- Iona shared a cartoon that made me giggle – all writers have their demons!
As always, there were masses of great posts and I couldn’t include them all in the roundup but I hope this is a useful reminder of (or introduction to) our #WhatImWriting linky. Thanks so much to everyone who joined in, you’re all amazing.