Wednesday, January 4, 2017

IWSG: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?

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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!
Insecure Writers Support Group

Our Co-Sponsor's this month are:
Eva @ Lillicasplace,
Crystal Collier,
Sheena-kay Graham 
Chemist Ken,
LG Keltner,
and Heather Gardner

January's Question: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?

Short Answer:
Write what you know.

Long Answer:
Write what you know.
Come on! Get real! What about imagination? Research? Shouldn't that dictum be--Write what you can learn, imagine, create? Truly there's much more in this world than just what we've experienced and know. Why limit ourselves to what we know? How boring would that be? Truly, what sort of interesting story would come from just my experiences of growing up in an intact, middle class, happy family? Or finding my nearly forty-year long marriage partner in a class at college? Truly, my imagination can take the stories of my students from my twenty-five year career as a high school history and Latin teacher and create much more interesting stories. So, I'll stick to "Write what you can imagine, research, or learn."

Write on!

Tag Lines:
I have a working tagline at the top of my blog. I have no clue how effective it is, but it does tie all my various Women's Fiction WIPs together (and my long unfinished SF, too). "Hope Comes Home" is my short description of my stories. All the angst that lives in our hearts and the negatives we get from the outside can be alleviated by turning in toward what matters most--home. What do you think?

If you have an opinion, give me some feedback. Thanks!

With the month of January, I'll be starting twice-monthly posts. I need time to work on my WIPs. I'll still have one post dedicated to my Book Pusher Mini Book Reviews. The other will be the Insecure Writers Support Group. Both posts will include a variety of other things, like my question about my tagline, or good links I've found. I'll see you in two weeks with five more good books for you to consider. ;-)

Think Spring!


  1. Think spring? We're about to get buried under a foot of snow. Winter is just beginning. Hopefully they got the roof on our house.

    1. I was trying to be optimistic, Sara! I hope they got the roof on, too.

  2. I long ignored that rule. Whoever just wants to write about themselves are free to do so and I wish them luck. This co-host is happy to see you participating in IWSG, Zan. Hi.

    2017 IWSG January Co-Host

    1. I've been around IWSG for a while, but have had to take time off from time to time for health issues. Thanks for dropping by, Sheena-kay!

  3. I dream my stories...a lot. So I suppose my rule would be to write what you dream. I hope you enjoyed your holidays and that your writing is back in full swing.

    1. Thanks for the well wishes...I will do all of that once my bout of flu ends. :-( My first WIP started from a dream. It's lovely when that happens!

  4. Love your tag line!

    I agree -- it should be write what you can imagine and research! Researching is such fun :-)

    1. Thanks, Deniz! It's good to know I've got company.


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