Wednesday, August 7, 2019

AUGUST IWSG

Welcome to the first Wednesday in August and The 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!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG.

Ninja Alex J. Cavenaugh is the founder of IWSG

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post.  Remember, the question is optional!!!

His awesome co-hosts for the August 7 posting of the IWSG are Renee Scattergood,Sadira Stone, Jacqui Murray, Tamara Narayan, and LG Keltner!

Now for the fun!

August 7 question: Has your writing ever taken you by surprise, for example, a positive and belated response to a submission you'd forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming?

Great question! My thoughts.Sometimes a character will surprise me by being more important in the story than I had planned. What are you going to do? Listen to him/her, of course. Also, sometimes I'm not sure about the ending and try different things to see what the characters like. They usually know better than I do.

How about you?


Happy says, "I think I"ll sleep on it."



28 comments:

  1. Loved the picture Beverly, loved the post.
    Have a great day.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne. He didn't even know I took his picture. You have a great day, too.

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  2. How I wish my characters would 'speak' to me, Beverly, for as you say they know better than you do 🌹

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    1. Sometimes characters can be contrary, lostinimaginaryworlds. Tell them to get their act together. You're depending on them. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Great post, Beverly. Sometimes it is hard to listen to the characters guide the way rather than forcing my idea...but so rewarding to do so!

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    1. Thanks, Karin. Yes, sometimes we have conflict with our characters. I've learned to listen to them, though. Have a great day.

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  4. That pup is out!
    I had a minor character grow to a secondary one in my third book.

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    1. Yep, he knows how to relax, Alex. Don't you just love it when your character tells you to listen to him/her and it makes the story better.

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  5. I usually know where it ends but I did change the ending for Book V of my series.

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    1. Isn't it great when a better idea comes along, Diane? That's sometimes where the characters make a difference. We never know.

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  6. I always have to listen to my characters. They run everything!

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    1. You bet they do, Sarah. I always say "My characters know best."

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  7. Aw, gotta love that doggy. I always listen to doggies. :) They ain't smart for no reason, ya know. Yes, sometimes characters can take us to detours on our plot maps, can't they? Strange beings these characters...

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    1. Yes, I,B, Nosey,they are smart. When that doggy looks at me he's reading my mind. Our characters are interesting, too, like we'd best listen to them. It's their story after all.

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  8. I just had that happen with one of my characters. Hopefully it makes both our stories better.

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    1. It's pretty exciting when that happens, Natalie. Yes, I agree and I also agree that our stories are better because of that character. :)

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  9. That thing about a character becoming more important than I'd originally planned just happened to me. And drat, drat, drat! This character was supposed to die in the latter half of the book. Now what?

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    1. Well, lee, that character had other ideas. We must listen to them. It's their story. See where he/she takes you.

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  10. I've had a few characters worm their way in and become way more important than I intended. Pup sure looks pooped.

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    1. Some characters just have no manners, do they, Pat. Yes, poor baby. It was so hot today, but I can't bring him inside. Tried it a couple of times. Disaster. I don't know how to break him.

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  11. I've had character surprise me by demanding more attention and bigger roles.

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    1. Ha, ha! And you gave them the roles they wanted, right? I bet it turned out great, too.

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  12. Oh yeah, my characters definitely surprise me. It's what makes writing fun.

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    1. That is so true, Patricia. Characters make the story and they sometimes know best.

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  13. So you are saying you are schizophrenic when you write.

    Randomly found your blog through IWSG.

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    1. Ha, ha! I never thought of it that way, but you might be right. I'll have to think about it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. Sometimes characters surprise me too! :) They do tend to have a mind of their own sometimes.
    ~Jess

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    1. Don't you just love it, Jess, when your characters come up with something good that really is perfect for the story.

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