Wednesday, 2 May 2018

IWSG: Spring into Writing

It's time for May's Insecure Writer's Support Group post. You can learn more about the IWSG group, it's founder Alex J. Cavanaugh, and purpose hereThe awesome co-hosts for April's post are E.M.A Timar, J.Q. Rose, C Lee McKenzie, and Raimey GallantPlease drop by and thank them for all their hard work.

Before I answer this month's question, a quick writing update: I successfully completed Camp NaNoWriMo last month! Even more fantastic is I now have an outline for my science fiction series and a working plot for book one. For someone who is a pantser by nature and loses direction in longer works of fiction, I'm feeling proud. I'm expecting some plot points and ideas to change when I start writing, but it's good to know I have a path and direction in mind. It was hard, but enjoyable work.

Now for May's question:

It's Spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?

There's no doubting the start of warmer weather (albeit just warm enough to skip a hat and gloves in the UK) and the sights and sounds it brings, raises serotonin levels and puts a skip in our post-winter shuffle. The prospect of taking my notebook or Chromebook outside to write is a huge motivator. I love spring and autumn. Scorching hot summers not so much. What about you? Do the seasons influence your writing temperament?

On to exciting news. The IWSG has a new anthology out!

The clock is ticking...

Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?

Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting...

Available at
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Add it to read on Goodreads.
Check out the Tick Tock Mysteries blog!

That's it for May's IWSG post. I'll be back next week with another book review post. Until then, write on!


  1. Congratulations on winning Camp NaNo!
    Thanks for mentioning the IWSG anthology today.

  2. Congrats on finishing your outline and completing Camp NaNo!

  3. Congrats! Sounds like you might be a plotter after all.

  4. I loved writing outside when I used pen and paper, lol. Now I closing the door half way to see a screen. But the fresh air stirs stories in my mind.

  5. Well done on the outline, Ellie. Hope you manage to keep your sense of direction through the writing to come.


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