Wednesday, November 4, 2020

IWSG & Saving Civilization

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.


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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!  

The awesome co-hosts for the November 4 posting of the IWSG are Jemi Fraser, Kim Lajevardi, L.G Keltner, Tyrean Martinson, and Rachna Chhabria! 

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Before we get to today's question, I want to give a shout out to our own Elle Cardy/Lynda Young. Her latest book, Well of Ash is SO GOOD!!! The world-building blows my mind and the characters are amazing! Be sure to check it out!

No one knows who built the Great Wells across the world or why. To linger near makes the skin crawl and the mind drift in nightmares. Yet this one calls to Ash in whispers that pull her closer. Soon she’s caught in a mystery that can kill. She must find the answers before she loses her sanity and her life.

If you like dragons, magic, and a fierce heroine with a wounded heart, then you’ll love Well of Ash, a YA Fantasy novella by Elle Cardy. Available now as an ebook and paperback on Amazon. OR, for a limited time, pick up a free copy when you join Elle’s VIP newsletter club.



November 4 question - Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Conner said, “I write to discover what I know.” Authors across time and distance have had many reasons to write. Why do you write what you write?

Well, I'm not sure Bloo Moose is going to save civilization, but I love the quote!

I've always been a reader and I've "told" stories in my head since I was very small. I was too shy/awkward to share and didn't actually write any of them down until well after my own kids were born.

Once I wrote my first story (a really angsty Star Trek TNG story with all kinds of equality themes going on) I realized that creating the stories was fun. And (strangely) going through the story to make it better was fun too. Learning the craft proved to be fun as well.

I wrote my first short story because the prompt intrigued me. This became my first published story (Until Release in the Tick Tock IWSG anthology) and it gave me the confidence to get my work out there.

Dancing With Dementia was written because dementia had crashed into my family and writing about it helped me process it all in the hopes of helping others.

My Bloo Moose series is contemporary romantic suspense. Reaching For Christmas releases on Tuesday and it will be book 5, I'm working on book 7 for NaNo. I write in this genre because it's all about overcoming obstacles within ourselves and teaming up to take on another obstacle. And Hope. My books are always about Hope. 

So, I guess my rather convoluted answer is that I write because it's fun, it helps me process life and it gives me hope for the future.

How about you? Anyone else start off with Fan Fiction? Anyone write to help process their lives or to bring hope into your own? Or are you out to save civilization? We need that!

I'm also visiting with the amazing Denise Covey today talking about rapid release. Hope to see you there!


102 comments:

  1. I wrote my first piece of fiction for a blog contest. I didn't win, but I got a nice comment and it made me realize I could do it. My writing won't save the world either! Thank you for hosting IWSG this month.

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    1. I can see how that would be a great boost - those comments go a LONG way for me too!

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  2. Congratulations to Lynda!
    Glad you entered the IWSG contest and got a taste for being a published author.

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    1. IWSG was exactly the boost I needed. Without it I'm sure my stories would be sleeping on my hard drive somewhere!

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  3. Congrats to Lynda and congrats to you on your series. keep Writing. You're doing a fantastic job.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. Thanks so much, Pat! I'm having a ton of fun!!

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  4. Hi,
    Back again. I forgot to say thanks for co-hosting this month.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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  5. Thanks for co-hosting, Jemi. I think your dementia story is very important.

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    1. Thanks Joylene - it's such a horrific disease - we need more money looking for a preventative cure!

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  6. I agree. Writing is therapy and our characters carry our angst, our fear and our dreams. Thanks for co-hosting this month, Jemi!!

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    1. Thanks Nancy - writing is a wonderful way to be consumed :)

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  7. Thanks for co-hosting! I love that you write stories about overcoming obstacles. Every book you've written is infused with hope and shows determination to beat the odds. :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Tyrean! I love that the books show what I was hoping they'd show!

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  8. Great reasons to write, and your stories sound wonderful! If nothing else, they are a welcome distraction!

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    1. And we need all the positive distractions we can get this year! :)

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  9. Great answer and post for why you write! Thanks for co-hosting!

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  10. Congratulations to Lynda and also to you for this wonderful post.
    Yvonne.

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  11. Good answers. I agree about Lynda's stories, esp. Well of Ash. That story was fascinating. Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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  12. There's no better reason to write, Jemi! I totally agree.

    Here's my congrats to Lynda. You two are on a book publishing roll!

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  13. I could not agree more about Romance being the litarature of hope. Thanks for cohosting this month!

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  14. As much as it is needed, I'm definitely NOT the person to be saving civilization...

    I've never tried to write fan fiction before, but I do know quite a few writers who got into the craft that way.

    Love Elle's cover art!

    And thank you for co-hosting!

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    1. I'm not saving civilization either - but I hope someone is!!!

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  15. Grats to Elle!

    Writing for the fun and enjoyment it brings are the best reasons to write. <3

    Thanks for co-hosting!

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  16. I love your reasons for writing. Long may it continue to be fun - for you and for your growing numbers of readers.

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  17. I love your answer! Thanks for co-hosting!

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  18. Congratulations to Lynda.

    I wrote my first piece of fiction when I was a kid, I had only shared it with my grandmother as I was too shy to share it with anyone else.

    Rachna Chhabria
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  19. Definitely write to process life. And like how you also do it because it is fun! We must keep it fun!

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  20. Hi Jemi! Great to meet you. And great answer! Writing helps me process too--like therapy.
    That cover is gorge btw!! Looking forward to more of your blog. :)

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    1. It's a great way to process!
      Elle did a fabulous job on her cover!

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  21. Nice to get to know you, Jemi--and thanks for co-hosting this fasbulous blog hop!

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  22. I write compulsively and for fun. Great post. Thank you for co-hosting. Happy IWSG!

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  23. I am so in awe of how quickly you're pumping out your Bloo Moose series. I need to catch up on the latest releases :)

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    1. Thanks, Ellen! I did have a lot of drafts done before I started publishing! :)

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  24. I don't think my writing will save the world. I write to get the stories out of my head. They keep coming faster than I can write them down.

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    1. That's exactly it!!! I probably have 5 or 6 waiting impatiently!

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  25. My answer is similar to yours. Just gotta get it out and on paper. Congratulations on your Bloo Moose series.
    JQ Rose

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    1. Thank you!
      It always feels great to get those stories down!

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  26. I like your answer for why you write. I can relate.

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    1. I think we have some similarities going on! :)

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  27. Congrats on the upcoming release and thanks for co-hosting!
    Creating stories is definitely fun, and when editing is going well, I think it can actually be fun, too.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I'm not quite at loving editing yet, but it's a lot more fun now that I know what I'm doing! :)

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  28. Writing because it is fun is a great reason to write. It makes ypu smile and feel good about yourself, I imagine. It does me. Enjoy every minute.

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  29. Nothing wrong with writing because it is fun. Being hopeful is a win too. Not sure I consider the 50th edit fun though lol

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    1. LOL - maybe not the 50th for sure - although I've been there too!

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  30. Thanks for co-hosting, Jemi! Lynda's books are on my must read list. I must find more time to read! Winning a spot in an IWSG anthology really lifts your spirits and confidence, doesn't it? Wishing you all the best in your endeavors in November!

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  31. Thanks for co-hosting. Good Luck on your Christmas tale... and, most of all, I admire your support of another author.

    Have lots of NaNo fun!

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    1. Thanks so much, PJ. I have so many talented friends - it's fun to support them!

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  32. Writing has always been part of how I process life as well. Great post! Thanks for popping by my blog today, too. @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

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    1. I enjoyed your post!
      Writing is good for our souls!

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  33. I write because the voices in my head tell me to. Seriously, I don’t expect to change the world with my stories. But I do want to make a few people happy for a while, as they read my books.

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    1. I think that's awesome! It amazes me when some words I've written touch someone else - an amazing feeling!

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  34. That's a lovely answer to why you write. Somehow I think I can relate to it. I think I write to let go, really helps me process things and look at things in perspective.

    Lovely blog you've got out here! Good to have come across it!

    Have a great week ahead!

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    1. Thank you! It's amazing how much better I feel when I've had a chance to write.

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  35. Writing because it's fun is the best reason.

    Thank you so much for the shout out!
    Many hugs!

    Lyn/Elle

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  36. Those are excellent reasons to write! I'm considering writing one about my dad and ALS to continue working through what was a 6 1/2 year process.

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    1. Good idea! ALS is such a horrid disease. We need more money poured into finding cures for these diseases and raising awareness helps that!

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  37. Good luck with the new book Jemi. You've been on a roll, isn't it? Love your energy and consistency in writing as also your reasons to write. Inspiring.
    Sonia from https://soniadogra.com

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    1. Thanks so much Sonia - It's been a crazy and fun year!

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  38. Love your reasons for writing!

    I think I write because I can't *not* write, ha.

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  39. That was a fantastic start to your writing career. Well done!
    Must pop over to Den's blog to see what rapid release is!

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    1. It's a little bit nuts! :)
      It's definitely been a fun year from that perspective!

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  40. Love the Blog Moose series concept and congrats on your new release. I also checked your Dancing With Dementia blog and it's touching.

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    1. Thanks Leigh! Even though dementia is ripping apart her brain we still manage to laugh and love!

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  41. I liked the 'helped process life' bit. I think I do some of that too. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. It definitely helps! Once the words are 'out' I can deal with things in a better way!

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  42. Writing is fun – some of the time at least!

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  43. Congrats to Elle.
    Thanks for hosting and have a Happy November.

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  44. I wrote my first short story in third grade. It was a horror story inspired by Twilight Zone. I wouldn't say that's fan fiction, but the show's story presentational approach inspired much of the fiction writing I did in subsequent years.

    I don't know about saving civilization, but I do write a lot of things to help me process my own life or present my world view in hopes that it might influence others in some positive way.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Twilight Zone fiction would be fun! *adds it to To Do list*
      Spreading positivity through our words is such a great aim!

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  45. Some might say alternative history is a form of fan fiction when it features real people. I always enjoyed the Who fan fiction on my estrogen Who lists when I was in my early twenties, but never personally wrote any myself.

    Thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. I like that interpretation! Yes - I would definitely count that as fan fiction! I've never read Who fiction but I'd like it!

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  46. That is a really excellent answer. I like that it's about hope and processing life.

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  47. Congratulations on the new book and all the best with NaNoWriMo.

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  48. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I love the Well of Ash book cover. You have some good reasons for writing, hope is always a good one. I too write to process things.

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    1. It's a gorgeous cover!!
      Processing life is a biggie - maybe even especially this year

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  49. I like your reasons for writing. Congrats on the new book, and thanks for co-hosting.

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  50. Excellent reasons! Writing is a great way of processing life.

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  51. I'm really glad the IWSG Anthology gave you confidence. You have been slaying it this year with all of your books. :D

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  52. Thanks for co-hosting this month!
    I’ve always been a reader as well. And my love of stories hasn’t waned since I was a young girl. My love of stories was so well known that at the end of science camp one summer I was giving the storyteller award.
    The first story I ever told was about twin royal sisters running away from the castle in search of adventure.

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