Wednesday, July 5, 2017

IWSG: July

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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!
Co-Hosts: Tamara Narayan, Pat Hatt, Patricia Lynne, Juneta Key, Doreen McGettigan

July Question: What is one valuable lesson you've learned since you started writing?

Surprise! I can't come up with a short answer. ;-)

Limiting the answer to one valuable lesson is hard, because there is so much I'm learned through writing. To make a value judgement though, I'll say the most valuable one is to trust my voice--in all aspects. When I write, I know my values and life experience comes into play. Trusting myself to express that is key to being able to tell a story that holds interest. Creating characters who are individuals requires that I trust my creations to hold together. All of that depends on my trust of my voice--the one that underlies all I do. Learning this lesson has made writing more fluid, rewarding, and exciting. All in all, that's a victory over self doubt, don't you think?

And remember--errors are just opportunities to improve. 

Next Post: Why The Book Pusher's July Mini Book Reviews!


  1. Hello, Zan Marie! Yes indeed, trust is important in the writing process. My best critique partners don't try to change my voice or remold my stories to fit their preferences.

    1. Exactly, Rhonda! I love that we finally learn that our voice matters.

  2. Ooh, that's a good one. It's true, sometimes where my writing has faltered, it's been where I'm not staying true to voice. Either leaning on the thesaurus or trying to adopt an unfamiliar tone.

    1. I've found that too, Deniz. To force is to twist the natural connections of thought and word. That's always stilted in execution.


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