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!
We post the first Wednesday of every month. Awesome Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG.
His awesome co-hosts this month are: Diane Burton, Kim Lajevardi, Sylvia Ney, Sarah Foster, Jennifer Hawes, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!
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!!!
June 5 Question: Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write and why?
This is a tough one, and my answer is it's really a tie between contemporary YA and historical fiction MG and YA.
I love historical fiction because in my research it introduces me to men, women, and young people that lived a totally different life than I live today. Life in the past was tough, as I see it. Of course different eras had their problems, as we do today. But seeing the bravery of young women and men, caught in a war that threatens their very life makes me thankful for what I have and also admire the people that made the best of their situation. Seeing children being sent across the country to new homes, new families, and way of life makes me appreciate what I have in my home and family. There are so many stories out there from our past. They are fascinating.
I love contemporary because I can relate to it. Present times change fast, so research is necessary in this genre too. I try to show young people that they're not alone with the problems in their lives. And there is help in every situation. I read books for YA in this time period to learn about their lives. I learn a lot too.
How about you? What do you enjoy writing the most?