Wednesday, April 3, 2019

IWSG & The 1 Wish

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. He, his clones, minions, friends, and fellow authors make it an amazing event every month.




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.

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April 3 question: If you could use a wish to help you write just ONE scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be? (examples: fight scene / first kiss scene / death scene / chase scene / first chapter / middle chapter / end chapter, etc.)

Wow - what a thought-provoking question!

I think (at this moment anyway!) that I would use my wish on the final chapter.
Tying up loose ends can be such a challenge!

In my romance stories, I tend to be a little cheesy when I write the first draft of the last chapter.

In my dementia project - which is a combo of memoir/narrative non-fiction and self-help advice for caregivers of those with dementia - tying up the entire book and ending with encouragement and hope is proving to be a little challenging as well. I think I'm almost there, though!

Over all of these though, I think I would spend that wish on writing the blurb that will pull in ALL the readers! 😀

How about you, where would you spend that wish?

36 comments:

  1. You have to give hope when there might not be any - that is tough.

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    1. Dementia is a hideous disease, but we're hanging onto the love and the hope!

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  2. Your dementia book sounds interesting and right on point for me. I'm my mom's caregiver and she has the start of dementia. Even though she lives in independent living, I have to do pretty much everything for her.

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    1. It is such a challenging disease! I hope you and your mom continue to do well!

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  3. Endings are hardest for me, too! Best wishes to you for your two projects and their endings. :) And the blurb!

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! That blurb might be the end of me :P

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  4. I think that many writers would use that one wish on a good and solid blurb!
    Good luck with the dementia project.
    Happy IWSG Day, Jemi!

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    1. Thanks Michelle - it's a project of the heart and it's getting closer to being ready.

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  5. That will be a helpful book for many.

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  6. I lost my mom to Alzheimers. I think writing a hopeful ending to your book would be the hardest part.

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    1. It's a hideous disease, but we've managed to hang onto that hope and love so far!

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  7. I hear you about those blurbs. They are a challenge. I'd go for that wish!

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  8. I tend to barrel into my final chapter just to put it down and count on my future self to do the heavy lifting. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. I'm still learning to do that 'fix it later' thing :) I much prefer drafting to editing!

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  9. Ack! The blurb. Is there a Blurb Factory someplace to order one?

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  10. Endings are difficult, if we do them correctly.

    Teresa

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    1. That's EXACTLY it! We have to do them right, so it's hard! :)

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  11. I probably should have answered like you. The blurb is so important. I hate writing them.

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  12. An ending would be difficult. You'll tackle both with ease I have no doubt.

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    1. Awww - you're the best, Mason. I hope so!!! :)

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  13. I can relate. Tying up loose ends is definitely a challenge.

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  14. I've written the beginninng and the end of my WIP. Now I'm trying to hook the highways up between the two. But I agree - that blurb is what draws a reader in.

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    1. Wow - I wish I could do that. I always have the ending more-or-less in my head but writing it out always seems to cause my brain to stutter and flail and refuse to write any more! :)

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  15. Since I've only managed to reach the final chapter only once in my life (my fan fiction story), I don't have much experience with that. But I've heard it said that it's the last chapter that sells the next book, so I better make it the best it can be.

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    1. "it's the last chapter that sells the next book" - that's so true - and adds to the stress! :P

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  16. I agree with you. Endings are tough, especially tying everything together.

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  17. It's a challenge to make sure all ends tie up!

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    Te mando mi blog por si deseas criticar.
    Besos.
    http://anna-historias.blogspot.com/?m=1

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  19. I'm with you, Jemi. Endings are tricky for me as well.

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