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.
The awesome co-hosts for the March posting of the IWSG are:
Don’t forget to visit them and thank them for co-hosting!
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.
The awesome co-hosts for the March 2 posting of the IWSG are Janet Alcorn, Pat Garcia, Natalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence!
Every 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!
March 02nd Question: Have you ever been conflicted about writing a story or adding a scene to a story? How did you decide to write it or not?
Why would a writer feel conflicted about adding a scene to a story? There are many reasons.
One of the reasons is linked to “artistic wiring” and visualization. Perhaps the scene is particularly challenging. Maybe you’re not sure how to paint a vivid picture in words, in order to draw the reader into your scene.
The flexibility of the mind’s eye is amazing. It can take many forms, and differs from writer to writer.
You may be one of those creatives who find it a challenge to fully visualize your scenes. Then we get artists who have that special brand of creativity: they can see mentally in three dimensions and full color and even rotate objects; for example, sculptors who are writers.
But we are all wired differently.
Each writer just has to find that unique pathway in your mind; one that belongs to you.
Here’s an exercise to enhance visualization in your scene:
Copy a chapter of one of your drafts into a new document.
Erase all the dialogue.
Read the remaining prose.
That’s what you’re ‘seeing.’
Concentrate on just that and ask yourself:
What image have I drawn with those words?
How are my characters moving through the scene?
Does that imagery paint a clear picture of what I wish to convey?
Hopefully you will move forward with more confidence, to tackle that challenging scene.
The IWSG has been named, again, as the best writing contest by Reedsy for 2022. The contest they are referring to is our yearly anthology contest.
A reminder that Write Edit Publish is a wonderful online community where writers can confidently share their work without fear of harsh words or biting feedback.
Challenges are FREE and open to all. A quick recap of the house rules – they welcome any genre except erotica, and the maximum word count is 1000.
Present your interpretation of the prompt in flash fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction.
HAPPY IWSG DAY!
I’m really busy preparing for March Control Tests so I’ll be visiting blogs over the next few days and on the weekend.
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