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!
And we’re revving up IWSG Day to make it more fun and interactive! Every month, we'll announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.
May 1 question - What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
One of my earliest memories of the power of the written word was when I read Little Women.
Major Spoiler Directly Ahead!
In the book, one of the characters, Beth, dies. It was the first time I'd read about the death of a character. It was the first time fiction ripped into my soul and cracked my heart.
Devastated, I sobbed, raced through the book, and started it again.
Maybe this time, Beth would be okay.
I was obviously pretty young - young enough to hope that the words might have magically changed, that this character I loved would live.
Not sure I ever looked at fiction the same way again. The power of story continued to lure me, but I kept one eye on the author, wondering what choice he or she would make. And why.
How about you? Do you remember that first tragedy that you read?The first book that broke your heart?