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!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.
A big thank you to our co-hosts for this month’s posting: Eva @ Lillicasplace, Crystal Collier, Sheena-kay Graham, Chemist Ken, LG Keltner, and Heather Gardner! Don’t forget to visit them and thank them for co-hosting!
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.
A Happy New Year to everybody. Sorry this post is late. The new router that I’d purchased refused to give me connectivity. My internet service provider ruled out the problem from their side, the company who sold me the new router insisted that it was in working order and blamed the ISP for the lack of connectivity. So I was stuck in the middle. It was really frustrating!
Bottom line is, they gave me a refund and I purchased another router from a different company this afternoon AND the owner came and set everything up for me. So I have a new router and a new, hands-on tech guy. A win-win.
Congratulations to all the winners of the 2016 IWSG Anthology Contest – Hero Lost:
L. Nahay – Breath Between Seconds
Roland Yeomans – Sometimes They Come Back
Elizabeth Seckman – Mind Body Soul
Olga Godim – Captain Bulat
Ellen Jacobson – The Silvering
Erika Beebe – The Wheat Witch
Yvonne Ventresca – The Art of Remaining Bitter
Sean McLachlan – The Witch Bottle
Sarah Foster – The Last Dragon
Renee Cheung – Memoirs of a Forgotten Knight
Tyrean Martinson – Of Words and Swords
And the grand prize winner:
Jen Stanton Chandler – The Mysteries of Death and Life
JANUARY 04th QUESTION: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?
“Avoid using fragments or one-word sentences.”
Why not? If used correctly, they add spice to your writing.
According to the rules, every sentence, no matter how short, should contain a subject—or an implied subject—and a verb. A sentence fragment does not contain a subject and a verb.
The thing is, life is full of fragments, both literally and figuratively. The verb fragment means to break up, to break into pieces, to cause the loss of unity or cohesion. We experience fragmentation on a daily basis. It’s built into the fabric of our very existence. It’s a moment-to-moment reality.
A glass shatters. Our cellphone signal starts to cut out. A family goes through a divorce. A nation is divided.
Additionally, people speak in fragments. All the time. It’s a natural part of conversation. A fragmented flow.
Fragmented writing has value.
Since fragments are short, they create natural breaks in the rhythm of your writing.
Fragments are conversational and can be quite appealing, a way of sucking the reader into your world.
A sentence fragment sticks out in a sea of complete sentences, so you can use it to emphasize a point.
I love to use fragmented writing because I think it’s part of my voice. A fragment or one word can add punch where a complete sentence might drag the passage down.
If it’s something that is natural and comfortable for the author and it’s used sparingly, then the reader won’t even notice it. But a reminder that this technique may not work for every writer. It also depends on your audience.
I reached my goal of 50 books on Goodreads last year.
This year I’ve pledged 25 books because I need more time for writing!
Do you use fragments or one-word sentences in your writing? What’s your Goodreads pledge for 2017? What genre would you like to see for the next IWSG contest?
I’ll be visiting blogs over the weekend!