Wednesday, November 7, 2018

NOVEMBER IWSG

November is here. Which means it's INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP.




We post the first Wednesday of every month. 

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG.

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!!!

November 7 question is:  How has your creativity in life evolved since you began writing?

Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG.


His awesome co-hosts for the November 7 posting of the IWSG are Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Ann V. Friend, JQ Rose, and Elizabeth Seckman!

Now for my creativity. I'm not sure whether it's creativity or not, but sometimes I'll see a person, an animal, or a place. Or I'll read an article or hear someone talking, and my brain clicks on. Oh, that would make a great story. The longer I write, the more alert I am to creating a story or article from what I see and observe.

For instance, my idea for TUMBLEWEED CHRISTMAS happened when I saw a tumbleweed rolling across the pasture and remembered one time we brought one in the house and decorated it for Christmas. Perhaps now that I am writing, I'm always looking for a new idea which makes me look at life closer than before I became a writer. I think it started when I was still teaching, years ago. The art we did in class and science experiments sometimes ended up as an article I sent to children's magazines. Yeah, I must have been creative and didn't even know it. We learn something every day.

How about your creativity?

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Reading. 

28 comments:

  1. Great to read post Beverly I think you're a most creative writer.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Yvonne. I appreciate your comments. Your poetry is very creative.

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  2. LOL When we lived in New Mexico, we started collecting tumbleweeds in the back yard. I should've made a Christmas tree with them.

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    1. Yes, you should have, Diane. Just imagine the stories you might have written. :)

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  3. As a teacher, between the projects and the kids themselves, you probably have a lot of story ideas.

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    1. Absolutely, Alex. With kids and projects there's always something new to discover.

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  4. Hi Bev--I understand exactly how just living life sparks ideas for stories. My mysteries came from news stories. That old adage--the news is stranger than fiction is often time very true. Enjoyed your post. JQ Rose

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    1. Thanks, J Q. So true, the news media has stories that sometimes are better than what we can create in our minds. Happy Writing.

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  5. Decorating a tumbleweed for Christmas is so cute!

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    1. It is fun, Chrys, but you have to be careful because of the thorns on the tumbleweed.

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  6. I think all that happens to you counts as creativity, Beverly! Keep it up.

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    1. I agree, Lee. It's how we look at a situation. You are very creative. One look at your characters and their adventures tells me that.

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  7. I get ideas from seeing random things too. Street names in small towns in the Smokey Mountains have inspired some ideas.

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    1. That sounds interesting, Natalie. I've never paid attention to street names. Must do that. Great ideas for towns and other stuff. We're surrounded by creativity. Exciting.

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  8. Having story ideas come to mind through seeing things sure comes faster the more one writes indeed.

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    1. Absolutely, Pat. Seeing is believing, the saying goes. I think writers are always looking for a story idea no matter where they are or what they're doing. One never knows what might pop up.

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  9. I have more than my fair share of memories concerning tumbleweeds, but none hit anything that original. What a lovely way to get an idea!

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    1. Ah, more tumbleweed memories, Tonja. It's fun to discover ideas in the most unexpected places, at least I think so.

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  10. I like it when ideas come when I'm able to jot them down. But when they are visitors in the night and I forget in the morning are not the best!

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    1. I have the same problem, Love Affair. The best ideas sometimes come to me in the middle of the night.I think I'll remember them. Ha. By morning they're only a dim memory. I ought to write them down, but don't.

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  11. That happens to me a lot. I see something and it give me an idea. Then I have to jot it down in my notebook of ideas.

    Thanks for the review you left on Goodreads for Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China. Really appreciate it!

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    1. It's a great idea t have a notebook for ideas, Sherry. I always think I'll remember mine. Nope, they soon disappear..
      Your book is so much fun and so interesting, I enjoyed reviewing it. I would like to post on Amazon, but they don't like me and won't let me. Long story.I won't bore you.

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  12. I've read this often that writers write down notes about any snippet of idea coming to them at odd hours.

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    1. I guess it's true, New Release Books. It happens to me a lot and if I don't write them down then they're forgotten.

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  13. I agree with you! I think I notice even more about the world around me. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. The world has so many stories to tell us, Jess, if we pay attention.Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. The current novel I'm working on came from a magazine article on the dangers of college life. You never know what will inspire you.

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    1. That is so true, Tamara. The stories are there. We just have to be ready for them. I bet there's a lot of things to say about the college life and dangers. Good luck with it.

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