Wednesday, January 4, 2017

MDD (An IWSG Post)

Hello, all!

I'm late getting this post out again. Sorry, but I was deep down in the editing caves sobbing while stuffing my face full of chocolate cake editing, and completely forgot to resurface. It may look like a long post, but I assure you, it's mostly memes and gifs. Because that's how I communicate now.

Shall we get on with it?

It's the first Wednesday of the month, and also the year, which means it's time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writers Support Group.

I'm assuming that most of you are already aware of what this group is and what it does, but if you're looking for more information or a complete list of participants, please click on the above link...

Today's co-hosts are: Eva @ Lillicasplace, Crystal Collier, Sheena-kay Graham, Chemist Ken, LG Keltner, and Heather M. Gardner!

Today's (optional) prompt asks: What writing rule do you wish you'd never heard?

Well, this isn't intended to be the main focus of my post, but that 'show, don't tell' rule is currently giving me the hardest time (Stupid, lazy draft) so I will say that. But mostly, this is how I feel about writing rules:



Now on to the rest of the post!

All right, so in my last post, I told you about this woman in my critique group who believes I have some kind of Manuscript Dysmorphic Disorder. According to Wikipedia, body dysmorphic disorder (the inspiration for my condition) "is characterized by a obsessive preoccupation that some aspect of one's appearance is severely flawed and warrants exceptional measures to hide or fix it." The flaw may be, in actuality, non-existent, or if it does actually exist, it's nowhere near as bad as the affected thinks it is.

I imagine that if my betas or critique partners were reading this post, they would read that explanation and go...


Because this is how is normally goes when they read for me:


Betas/Critique Partners be all like:





And then I'm all like:





Which is frustrating for all involved, I'm sure. Especially when I break out the spray bottle...(Just kidding. I wouldn't do that.)

But I'll figure it out eventually, right? I'll find whatever it is that bothers me so very much about this manuscript (and it is up to me to find it), edit the hell out of it, and then move on to another story, and do it all over again.

Can't wait...




That'll do it for me today. How are things going in your neck of the woods?

43 comments:

  1. Now you know. Just need to find a cure for your syndrome.
    Happy 2017!

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    1. Yep. Finding the cure is proving to be the real struggle. But I'll manage. Or, I'll just rewrite this book forever. No big deal. :)

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  2. It's really hard to see our flaws or our manuscript's flaws for what they are and not blow everything out of proportion. Hang in there!

    Happy 2017!

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    1. Oh yes, it seems that I am an utter failure at not blowing everything out of proportion. Maybe eventually I'll just run out of ammo.

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  3. I think being happy with your work is the most important part of writing. I hope you manage to pin down what's bothering you! That way, I can read it. :)

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    1. I hope I manage to pin it down, too. I really want to get going on that third book. :)

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  4. I really, really love your humor. :) It took me YEARS to be happy with a specific WIP. I kept rewriting it, thinking it was done and feeling good about it, and then a couple of months later I'd say, "NOT GOOD ENOUGH!" And I'd do it all over again. I did get to the point where I loved it, and you will get there, too. :)

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    1. I sure hope so. It took me years to be happy with the first one, and now it's taking me years to be happy with the new one. It's kind of an alarming trend. At this rate, the third book may never see the light of day. Yikes!

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  5. We all need constructive criticism, right? And, a thick skin to deal with the other kind. Still, to me these are all better than the nodding, smiling, I agree with everything you say and do kind! It doesn't look to me like you are late with this post at all... Of course, I might be in a different timezone. :-)

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    1. My critique partners have told me that they work very hard to find things not to like in my pages because I get irritated when they don't find things wrong. I'm such a delight, I know.

      And normally, my posts go live at 7am EST, but I didn't even start writing this post until about 11am. So late for me, but still on time overall.

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  6. Lucky for me my revisions are going well.I'm clear on the changes I need to make along with the little additions that will bring my world alive. So that's good. Life on the underhand...let's just say I could use an IWSG for that. Not sure what we'd call it though...

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    1. It's great that your revisions are going well. I sincerely hope that trend continues for you!

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  7. Manuscript Dysmorphic Disorder (MDD). That's a new one. Being happy with your work is important. But also to not turn it into a disjointed mess trying to make it perfect. Balance is key. Happy 2017 dear.

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    1. I read somewhere (maybe someone's comment on this blog?) that one knows when one's finished editing when the changes they make no longer improve the story. Which sounded like a good yardstick to use. And going by that, I don't think I'm there yet, but I definitely know what you're saying. And I certainly hope I haven't crossed over into disjointed mess territory!

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  8. I love your form of communication. It's hilarious.

    I think others don't see all the flaws we do. We're too involved with all the ugly little bits to see that that bigger picture is actually okay.

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    1. Yes, I believe my blog readers rue the day I mastered the art of using gifs. Now it's an out-of-control sickness I can't stop. But they're so much fun, I don't much want to control it. :)

      My brother (who is one of my wonderful beta readers) said something like that to me, that I'm so focused on the ugly little bits that I don't see the big picture that they all saw. I'm working on taking that step back. One day soon, I'll get there.

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  9. You always make your misery sound so amusing. I guess it's your baby and you're the only one who really knows when something is wrong.

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    1. Well, I was going for amusing, so that's good. :)

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  10. Sorry to hear about your affliction, but totally agree with your self-medication (chocolate!) I also agree that rules are more guidelines, and meant to be modified.
    Happy New Year, and thanks for visiting my site today.

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    1. Sadly, all the chocolate in the house is now in my stomach. (And there was a lot...) Perhaps not my smartest move ever, but certainly my most delicious.

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  11. I think we do tend to know when something is off with our writing, but sometimes we probably just think every word we write is awful, which probably isn't true. Hopefully you figure everything out soon!

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    1. True. Every word I write probably isn't awful. Just...most of them. Probably. :)

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  12. Isn't chocolate the cure for that? Mmm... now I want some chocolate. And if Ryan is saying he loves it, it's good. He rarely likes anything!

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    1. It is my firm belief that chocolate can cure just about anything. I would offer you some of my chocolate, but I ate it all.

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  13. I guess you would know best if it's not the story you want to get out there. Good luck. Don't stress yourself out (too much) trying to figure it out.

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  14. Completely off topic, but I scrolled really fast through the post first to see how long it was (because I read short posts first when I have a lot to read on IWSG day) and I could have swore I saw a Doctor Who gif and was all excited, but there isn't one! Now i haz a sad. LOL

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    1. Well, we can't have that. I shall be sure to put two Doctor Who gifs in my next gif-fest post. :)

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  15. Okay, the memes are great. And SO relateable (and true!) Just keep working on it until it sounds most like the vision in your head. It'll come together. Trust me. ;)

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  16. Oh, I recognize myself in your post. I hate hearing bad critique, but when people have only praise for my work, I disbelieve them. I think they are being polite. Aren't we, writers, a weird bunch?

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  17. You'll figure it out. You just might need some time away from your manuscript for a while. Good luck with your edits.

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    1. Normally, I would agree, but I've taken so much time away from this manuscript that to take any more would probably just frustrate me more. I feel like I'm at the 'power through it' point.

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  18. MDD. Yeah, I think that's probably a good diagnosis. Perhaps you just need to find someone who tears into stories and let them loose on yours. Maybe then you'd believe it's good enough?

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    1. Right? It's really the perfect diagnosis for me. And I'm not sure if I would then believe it was good enough. This entire book has just been a weird, weird experience. It's not following any of the rules. Or guidelines...

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  19. I'm glad you hold yourself to a high standard. Too many writers suffer from the opposite problem and the work suffers for it. I also hope you find the ability to say "this is as good as I can make it" and let it go so you can give your heart to a new project soon. @mirymom1 from
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    1. Oh, I hope so, too. I'm really looking forward to working on something new.

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  20. I am getting ready to start editing, thanks for reminding me to have plenty of chocolate cake! Happy New Year to you and best wishes for reaching your 2017 goals!

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  21. You are your own worst critic. Just aim for the best you can do and call it a day.

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  22. Rules be guildelines - is music to my ears.
    Tweeted.

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  23. LOL, I can relate to this far too well, since I'm pretty much never happy with my art. Best of luck with all your edits!

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  24. Well, the first step is to admit the problem. ;)

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