Wednesday, October 3, 2018

INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP OCTOBER

Welcome to the first Wednesday in October which means it's Insecure Writer's Support Group.


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Awesome Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of The Insecure Writer's Support Group.

His awesome co-hosts for the October 3 posting of the IWSG are Dolorah @ Book Lover,Christopher D. Votey, Tanya Miranda, and Chemist Ken!

Visit them and say Thank You for co-hosting.

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional!!!

Question for October 3 is How do major life events affect your writing?  Has writing ever helped you through something?

My answer: 

Events in my life do affect my writing. What is happening determines whether I can write or not. When something serious, like an illness or death or bad news from family or friends occurs, I sometimes cannot write. My mind is too much on the situation, especially when it is life changing for my family and /or me. However, when my baby son and my baby granddaughter went to heaven, many years apart, I wrote a poem for each one, sharing my love for each of them. Not for publication, but to help me face their loss.

When good things happen in my life or my family, I'm inspired to write because I'm happy and want to share my happiness with a story that will be happy too.

I love it when a story comes from major events in my life. For instance, I was inspired to write my MG novel STAR OF THE TEAM when I attended basketball games that my granddaughter played in. The girls were so competitive and serious about their games that I had to write their story. Family can be inspiring, just watch them.

And if I'm feeling sad, sitting down to write can help perk me up. Escaping into another world, another time and place is better than a dose of medicine, at least for me.

How about you?

Happy Writing.

22 comments:

  1. "Escaping into another world, another time and place is better than a dose of medicine," Absolutely! Happy IWSG day :-)

    Ronel visiting on Insecure Writer's Support Group day: Course Correction

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  2. Sharing that happiness is a great thing.

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    1. Yes, it is, Alex. We need more happiness and laughter in this world.

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  3. That's touching you wrote those poems.

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    1. They just seemed like the thing to do, Diane. Thanks.

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  4. Grief does pull at us to express our feelings so others can share them. You had two such tragic losses.

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    1. Exactly, lee. I've learned that we're not alone in our grief, and I know the little ones are safe in the arms of God.

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  5. I also have a hard time writing during hard family times. I know that you've had to deal with a lot of grief too. Glad your story ideas can come from life events.

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    1. Sometimes writing can help us work through hard times, Natalie. Most times it takes awhile. I try to treasure the good things. And watching our families can give us good ideas for stories.

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  6. Things sure can pile up that prevent it, but sharing the happy times and writing through the bad can help indeed.

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    1. You're so right, Pat. Think positive, and write about the bad times, as well as the good.

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  7. I store up all the experiences to come pouring out at the right moments in my novels. Of course, none of it is conscious. My subconscious is a genius. ;)

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    1. Isn't it wonderful to have a subconscious that knows exactly what you need, Crystal. And you do a very nice job with your novels.

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  8. I remember when I was a teen, I wrote in a journal about the good and the bad things happening in my life. The journal seemed to be a trusted friend so I could pour out my feelings. Writing for you seems to be a release too--and comfort. Your post touched my heart. Thank you.
    JQ Rose

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    1. Thank you, J Q. Yes, sometimes writing down the events in my life, good and/or bad, helps me accept and deal with them. I used to keep diaries. Mmm, I ought to look at them and see what I wrote about.

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  9. During difficult times or serious times, I tend to gravitate toward poems, as you did. Otherwise, story ideas seem to come whenever they do. I will say this: since my husband and I started traveling in our retirement, it definitely changed the setting for one book. I'm so glad it did, too, because it gave us a good reason to return to the place in question for more research.

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    1. Traveling is a great way to come up with story ideas, Elizabeth. My Civil War novel was inspired by a visit to Vicksburg. There are so many places that make great settings and characters for a novel. And yes, poetry seems to soothe bad times. Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. I'm so sorry for your loss Beverly. That must have been so hard on you and your family. Poetry does offers a platform for free self expression without the confines of grammar, plot, etc., so I can see why people gravitate towards writing poetry when suffering. I do as well.

    Celebrating your granddaughter by writing the story of her team, that too is something special.

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    1. Thank you, Tanya. he loss of a child is difficult, but there's something about writing your feelings that help, poetry or prose. I want to remember and the poems help. Writing about family members and what they do is fun too. I did change the names. Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. When things are very bad in my life I cannot write. But- I have written when I have been heartbroken (love)- so I guess it depends on what it is that is going on. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. I understand that,Jess. Some things are too painful and it takes time to feel like writing or doing most anything. You're probably right about depending on what it is. Some events are more traumatic than others. I'm sorry for your heartbreak. Hugs.

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