Monday, August 3, 2020

Insecure Writers Support Group Blog Hop: Choosing Genres or Not

Hello and Welcome to the Focused on Story Blog AND the Insecure Writers Support Group Blog Hop

Always on the first Wednesday of the month.

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.
August 5 question - Quote: "Although I have written a short story collection, the form found me and not the other way around.Don't write short stories, novels or poems. Just write your truth and your stories will mold into the shapes they need to be."
Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn't planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?
Answer: I usually outline my short stories and novels so I have an idea of what genre I will use. 
I enjoy freewriting when I don't plan out anything and just write. Most of the time the topic I start with is not the topic I end with! 
Try it. Start with setting a timer for 5 minutes or 10 minutes and don't let your pencil leave the page or fingers leave the keyboard. This is the perfect exercise if you struggle with writer's block.
Note: Thanks for stopping in today. I am scheduled for cataract surgery this morning, so I won't be able to reply to your comments or visit your sites until later. 

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Natalie Aguirre said...

Good luck with your surgery. I like your exercise. I'm going to try it with my manuscript on days I don't want to write.

Marsha said...

Hey, JQ. Hope the surgery has gone great. What an intriguing questions. One that surprised me because I've always written romantic suspense novels in 3rd person because that's what I like to read. I've considered adding a paranormal piece because I enjoy reading that, too. And my books have a tinge of women's fiction about them, but I'd never write just a woman's fiction. (and of course, we all know it's not a good idea to say never! LOL) I love the combination of the romance and the suspense. But you've certainly caused me to think. As you most often do. I've shared. :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I hope the surgery went well.

Nancy Gideon said...

Good luck with today's surgery. Both my sisters have had great success with it. Free writing was something that always terrified me! I'm OCD so I need a firm path to follow. It wasn't until I visited a group of NaNoWMO friends that I discovered the power of Just Let Go and Write. Still not for me (too much of a control freak!) but it works!!

cleemckenzie said...

You're so smart to outline. I wish I could do that. Every time I try, I get about three lines in and throw up my hands in despair.

emaginette said...

Second time that's come up today which means I'd better give it a shot. hehehe

Anna from elements of emaginette

Diane Burton said...

Good luck with the surgery. I'm so glad I got mine done. I, too, like your exercise. Thanks.

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