Wednesday, March 1, 2017

IWSG: March

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Insecure Writers Support Group
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!

Our Co-Sponsor's this month are:
Tamara Narayan
Patsy Collins
M.J. Fifield
Nicohle Christopherson

Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

Short Answer:
Not yet.

Long Answer:
I know you're smiling right now. Or is it scratching your head? The short answer says so much, doesn't it? Truly, I haven't gone back, but I have thought about it. My older WIP is SF or possibly Fantasy, depending on how I set it up. I envisioned it as SF, but I'm a bit stuck on how to tie in the science part. Something about being a trained historian I guess.

What happened to that WIP was a dream. I kid you not. I woke from a nap nine years ago with the first scene of the WIP I'm now seeking representation for. The scary thing was that it's Women's Fiction, a genre that was very much in flux at that time. Once I heard about the Women's Fiction Writers Association that was in the planning stages at that point. Once I investigated the genre, I found a home for my contemporary story. And a group that felt like family. The funny thing is that my old WIP would fit under the WF umbrella. How's that for serendipity? If I ever finish my planned four contemporary WF WIPs, I might have to go back and try the old one again. That is if I learn some out of this world science before then. ;-)

Bonus Link:
Writers Unboxed has an intriguing post you should read about What Fiction Trends Say About Us. Check it out!

And an announcement!
My essay--"My Momma Had Words With Me"--will be part of the April 29th LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER/Atlanta show. I'll be reading it on stage. I'm ecstatic about it. :-D

Next Post:
The ever-popular Book Pusher has more mini book reviews for you. Of course. ;-)


  1. I remember that wip! I want more snips :-) But I know you have your hands full... Would any of it works as short stories?

    1. Not in my vision, Deniz. Maybe, but I don't see it. Besides, I mentioned to John that it was WF in SF. He agreed. BTW, he'd love me to get back to THE DAWN AND THE LION someday.

  2. So, in order to go forward, you need to go back?

    1. Yep! If I ever go back. I might if my Cherry Hill stories ever play out. At the moment, not likely.

  3. Someday I'd like to rewrite Far From the Sea and see if I can make it into what it deserves to be.

    1. I hear you! That's such a good story.

  4. I'm with you, Zan Marie. I have a first manuscript that I plan to go back to someday and publish some way. In the meantime, I hope that letting it marinate for another year or two will give me more insight. Happy writing!

    1. I agree with your plan, Rhonda. Whatever works is key.


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