IWSG: Starting Over

This post is part of  the Insecure Writer's Support Group

Writing is a series of starting over.

There’s only one real “Start” that gets out of the way when you start your first novel. From then on out, everything is beginning again. You finish a draft, you start over by rewriting or editing. You move on to your next project and you start the entire process over again.

That is what gets at my insecurities.

Most of the time starting over makes me forget. I’ve got a blank page and an outline… and no idea how I managed to get a decent word count into a first draft the last time around. I restart a book after letting a draft sit and I stare at the words wondering how I ever thought they were the right ones to put on the page.

I start over every day. I clear out my word-count goal spreadsheet and I start the meter running again. And I don’t always make it.

But maybe that’s the best thing about starting over… I get to try again tomorrow.


  1. Hi A.B, fellow ISWG member! I really enjoyed your blog and I'm not just saying that. I like your spare lively style very much. And yes, good way of putting it, to be a writer you need to cultivate this ability to be wrong again and again. It's very humbling isn't it?

    1. Thanks, Yvette. Good luck with your next start-over.

  2. Yes, I agree. The best thing about starting over is the fresh start. So one day behind doesn't turn into a week or a month. Thanks for sharing at IWSG today.

  3. Oh Lord, yes, that's the horror and the joy of writing! We get to start all over - and we have to start all over!! It's wonderful and terrible all at the same time :)

  4. I have to agree with you there. I have a love/hate relationship with the starting over part of writing. All the ideas are there begging for release, it's just getting the story started that drives me batty sometimes. Have a great day! Lily-Eva IWSG Co-host

  5. That's exactly how I try to get through - by not thinking about all the work that lies ahead or how long it's going to take me to finish a book, but by trying to start every day fresh and trying to get excited about whatever it is I'm doing. It doesn't always work, but it's what I aim for :)

  6. I love the fresh start! Some days I barely get a word or two down, but other days make up for it.

  7. Like playing a video game - we just keep starting over.
    And welcome to the IWSG!


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