Wednesday, June 5, 2019

INSECURE WRITERS SUPPORT GROUP

Here we go. Another month. Another Insecure Writers Support Group. Welcome!




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?

Happy Reading!



34 comments:

  1. I think it's great that you like to write in two genres. I enjoy reading both but prefer to write MG and YA fantasy, at least for now.

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    1. Oh, fantasy is great, Natalie. I love to read it, but don't have the creative imagination it takes to write about fantasy worlds. Looking forward to reading some of yours. Have a good week.

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  2. I hope you will be entering our IWSG Anthology Contest then!

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    1. Maybe. I have an idea, but I'm not good with short stories. And there are so many great writers. We'll see. Thanks, Alex.

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  3. I'm always intimidated by the idea of historical fiction. Maybe I just don't like research! But people who can pull it off are super impressive.

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    1. What I enjoy about historical, Sarah, is when I can go to the setting of the story and learn from there. Discovering how the people lived in caves when I went to Vicksburg gave me the idea for Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines. I also enjoy reading about people's lives in the past. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Historical fiction MG is a fun genre. I enjoy reading it.

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    1. It is fun, Chrys. I like to read it too. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Great reason for liking historical fiction. And me too--love seeing the world through their eyes.

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    1. It is fascinating, Jacqui, to see what places were like years ago, how the people lived. How they survived. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Some of my favorite reads are historical fiction. I learn so much while I'm enjoying a story. Glad you're writing in this genre.

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    1. You write great historical for MG, too, Lee. Love your stories.

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  7. My first series was contemporary. It's tough to keep the culture reference to a minimum to eliminate dating the story, though.

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    1. Yes, it is, Diane. Times change so fast. I spend a lot of time reading our local newspaper and magazines about what the kids are doing to have any idea about what's going on. Research the present days as well as historical times. I remember you writing your YA series.

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  8. Learning is a big one, from reading and writing stand point, always good to learn.

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    1. Yes, it is, Pat. It's interesting to me to see how times change. One reason I enjoy reading historical novels.

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  9. Researching the past is endlessly fascinating. I don't know about you, but I have to stop myself from falling down research rabbit holes frequently.

    Great post!

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    1. Ha, ha, Kimlajevardi. I can picture you now in that rabbit hole learning about the past. It is fascinating, and I sometimes catch myself reading more than writing. Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. I enjoy reading historicals, but I've never attempted one. I'm always impressed by the folks who do the research and manage to create beautiful fiction within the framework of real events.

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    1. You might try one sometimes, Michelle. You never know. When you're reading a historical novel or researching a time era, the idea for a character or an event is there. Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. I haven't tried my hand at historical fiction yet but think it seems exciting. I do love research so have been toying with an idea. We shall see!

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    1. I bet you'd enjoy writing historical fiction, Karin. It is so interesting to go back to the past. Give it a try. It's even better if you can go to the place you're writing about like I went to Vicksburg.

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  12. I enjoy reading historical fiction, but I don't have the voice for it. Enjoy your writing.

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    1. It's great that we have so many different genres to choose from, Diane. That way, they're something for each of us. Happy writing to you. I do enjoy my writing.

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  13. I enjoy historical fiction, too, much for the same reasons as you, Beverly. I also am hooked on mysteries and suspense. I suppose those are the two genres I like the most.

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    1. The past is interesting, Elizabeth. I didn't always feel that way when I was in school and studying history. It took me years to decide I enjoyed times past. Mysteries are great to read, as are suspense stories, but my brain just can't come up with good ideas. Enjoy your writing.

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  14. I love enjoy to read and write any social concerns...

    Have a wonderful day

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    1. Social concerns are great to write about, Tanza. I think people enjoy reading them because it's a part of their life and they can relate. I don't think I could write them though, but like to read them. Thanks for stopping by.

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  15. I enjoy reading most genres...depending on my mood.

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    1. That makes sense, Kelly. Sometimes I enjoy a fun story, other times serious or spooky or whatever, and mood has a lot to do with it. Great point. Thanks for stopping by.

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  16. I enjoy reading just about every genre- depending on my mood. So far I have only written MG fantasy/mystery- but I can imagine that writing HF would be fascinating. :)
    ~Jess

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  17. You do a beautiful job with your MG fantasy and mystery, Jess. I enjoy writing historical fiction, but it takes a lot of time to do the research and I'm slow as it is.

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    1. So do I, Romance Book Haven. Thanks for stopping by.

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