Wednesday, 6 December 2017

IWSG: Thanks for the Right Stuff, 2017!

It's time for the last Insecure Writer's Support Group post of 2017. Before I answer this month's question, you can learn more about the IWSG group, it's founder Alex J. Cavanaugh, and purpose here. The awesome co-hosts for October's post are Julie Flanders, Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner. Please drop by and say hello.

Time for December's question:

As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

This isn't an easy question for me to answer. Personally, 2017 has been one of the best years of my life. I married my soulmate. We had numerous adventures together. No words could convey how much my life has changed for the better since meeting him in early 2016, and how fortunate we both feel to have met. 

If there a downside, and I'm reluctant to call it such a thing, it's that my life is far busier than it's ever been. Husband. Friends. Family. The days, weeks, and months seemed to have passed by before they'd registered as having arrived. Something had to suffer, and it was my writing. I have written and blogged, but it was sporadic at best.  

Truth be told, my temperament is often at odds with how I live my life. I love company, but I need time alone to create. I crave it. I'm often baffled by people who don't like or seem able to spend time on their own. A few hours or a day to myself is a rarity for me. It's a situation I need to change if I'm ever going to take my writing seriously. But here's the thing - I wouldn't change a thing about 2017. Highs and lows. Successes and failures. I lived and loved every moment.

How about you?

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

IWSG: Ellie's Story

It's October's Insecure Writer's Support Group post and, as per usual, I'm writing it on the day it's due. I've finally accepted I'm an 'at-the-last-minute' kind of person and I'm good with it. It's just the way my brain works and that's okay. 

Phew. Now that I've kicked that insecurity demon into touch, on with today's post. Before answering this month's question, you can learn more about the IWSG group and it's founder Alex J. Cavanaugh here. The awesome co-hosts for October's post are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan.

Time for this month's question:

Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

No, and yes. Let me explain. I've never intentionally used deeply personal information to create characters. It's important to separate personal and writing lives. However, I know that my own life has and will continue to influence the characters and stories I write. What makes our writing unique is the sum of all our life experiences. However, I've also chosen to create characters that are the opposite of me in many ways. I enjoyed the challenge of thinking and behaving in ways alien to my own. I guess that's one of the many bonuses of writing - we get to live life in a myriad of ways. 

What about you? Do you put the personal into your characters or stories?