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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Writing in the midst

Welcome, all! You’re just in time for the monthly (1st Wednesday) on-line gathering of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, where you’ll find helpful tips, handy resources, the latest trends in publishing, and a comfortable place for hundreds of writers – just like you and I – to  share our writing journeys!

Feel free to meander and mingle. Our gracious co-hosts this month are:

If you’ve ever found yourself stuck in a writing rut, or in need of the perfect timesaving writing tool, this month’s IWSG Newsletter  offers invaluable insight and excellent tips for both!

For member news and often funny movie reviews, our founder, Alex Cavanaugh has it all!   

September is “Be Kind to Writers and Editors Month!

And here is our optional question:

If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?

What a stimulating question! Words are already beginning to form and gather like clouds spoiling for a storm in the tranquil sky of a story I’ve yet to write. But where would I write it? There’d have to be windows that open to fragrant views, the sounds of chirping birds spurring every sentence. A bee or two for subtle pause; a harbinger, a hint. And on a gentle breeze the scent of confidence. Or sandalwood. Both would be great ;- )

I wrote my first YA novel, inspired by a crumbling Lighthouse in Mexico. It looked similar to this (also crumbling) lighthouse on England’s Isle of Wight:

In terms of a quiet refuge in which to advance that subconscious first draft into a work in progress, is there anything as compelling as a cozy, nearby treehouse? I’d want mine to look like this:

Ever since I learned that Harlan Ellison wrote at a desk in storefront windows, bravely posting his stories on the glass for passersby to peruse, I’ve wanted to try it as well. Talk about subjects in action!  I rather like the idea of instant – and honest – gratification. Even if sometimes there is rejection. I’d pick a storefront like this (If they’d have me – ha!)

The most important thing, to me, at least, is being comfortable where ever I write; surrounded by familiar sounds and scents, books I love, and tons of inspiring views. For me, there’s just no place like home. Once in a while, I even have an audience ;- )

Where is your ‘happy place’?  What is your favorite writing tool? What are you reading?

Happy Writing!