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.
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.
month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG
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!
APRIL 03rd QUESTION: If you could use a wish to help you write just ONE scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be? (Examples: fight scene/first kiss scene/death scene/chase scene/first chapter/middle chapter/end chapter, etcetera)
I think it will have to be the “dreaded middle” chapter(s).
Some ideas I’ve come across on how to tackle the middle section are:
– Plan a ‘sort-of’ climax that comes in the middle of the book that launches the heroes toward the actual climax.
– Introduce a new, interesting minor character who can create fresh complications between characters.
– Change direction. Think about your ending and work backwards. Ask yourself, what happened right before this? And right before that?
But the idea that I found the most interesting, is to write everything that absolutely wouldn’t happen next. Usually by the third or fourth thing, the answer reveals itself. I haven’t tried this yet but it sounds like a great ‘out-of-the-box’ approach to managing the middle section of a story.
The IWSG Anthology Contest 2019 will run from May 01st to September 04th!
Genre – middle grade historical – adventure or fantasy.
Theme to be announced on May 01st!
Two weeks to go for the Write Edit Publish Challenge. If you’re short on inspiration, this is what the WEP blog has to say:
An old locket with a faded photo inside…A string of pearls reminiscent of a special evening…A magic jewel box that comes up with just the right piece whenever the owner needs it…A jewel box out of reach of a regular working class person who passes it in a fancy shop window everyday…Maybe a ring associated with terrible political intrigues and heartbreak?…Or…maybe a missing jewel box after a murder…bought in some faraway place…
Just some of the ways you can weave this prompt, there are many, many others. As you can see, all genres are your oyster with this prompt – romance, adventure, fantasy, speculative, crime…What use will you find for the jewel box?
How do you tackle the middle chapters of your story? Any tried and tested methods that work for you? Are you up for the challenge of writing a MG Historical story? Are you participating in the WEP challenge?