|IWSG Blog Hop---the first Wednesday of every Month.
Hello and welcome to the Insecure Writer's Support Group Blog Hop!
What is the Insecure Writer's Support Group?
Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly newsletter. To find out more, click this link: Insecure Writer’s Support Group
The purpose of the group is
* 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!
You're invited to become a member of this supportive group. Click here to sign-up to join.
How do major life events affect your writing?
A writer wears many hats. Dreaming up an idea for an intriguing mystery or constructing complex plots is not the only hat we wear. I classify my writing in several segments--fiction, non-fiction, marketing/promotional, blogging, editing-- to name some of them. When going through difficult times in my life such as the loss of my brother in December or family problems, I handled the promotional writing and blogging. But my creative writing hat fell off completely. The desire to begin a story drained out of me like cooked noodles in a colander leaving me about as limp and colorless as the noodles too. I have worked my way through the stages of grief, but it takes time to recover. Time is helping to restore my focus on creative writing.
Has writing ever helped you through something?
My WIP is a memoir from 1975-76 when we moved from a small town in Central Illinois to start a flower business in West Michigan. We had no family or friends in the area. Placing myself back in that time and remembering what a difficult relationship we had with the previous owners gave me a new perspective on their situation.
We felt the same way as the previous owners when we sold that business in 1995 to some young whipper-snappers who didn't want to listen to our advice. And yes, that young couple would have been us in 1975 when we opened our business. But in 1995 we were the sellers. Experiencing the giving up of our life's work was a traumatic time. Looking through the lens of time helped me to understand and appreciate the emotions searing through a person in such a life-changing experience.
I finally forgave the couple who sold us the business for their harsh treatment of us and can now smile when I think about the rocky relationship we had with the couple who bought our business. Now I see how much we were like them, ready to take on the world and be our own boss. Lots of energy and enthusiasm and determined to do things our way, the new way. Writing the memoir has lessened the pain and disappointment I have carried about the couples we dealt with in each situation.
Have you written or tried writing stories from your life? Do you have family stories you remember whenever your gang gets together? How does re-telling those times help you? Please leave a comment below. Thank you.
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Dr. Bob Rich--Free Edit Contest--Deadline is October 15
Win a free edit of your book by submitting a synopsis and a 1000 words of the book. Click here for details. Good luck!
Click here to visit his informative and thought-provoking blog, Bobbing Around.
The 5 W's in Story Guest Authors on Pinterest Board
All of the authors who shared the 5 W's in their stories since March 2018 are on the board I created at my Pinterest site.
You can also be featured on the board by being my guest for the 5 W's Event.
Click here to see the board.
Contact me at jqrose02 at gmail dot com if you would like to participate this winter. Thank you!
October 31--Author Sandy Carlson shares the 5 W's in her ghost story. Perfect for a Halloween guest post!
Click here to enter for a chance to win!!
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The IWSG members blog the first Wednesday of every month. The list of bloggers is always available so you can hop around to the author blogs filled with humor, advice, and thought-provoking topics on writing and publishing.
Find the list of participants at Alex's IWSG page.
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