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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

IWSG Dec 2020 Inspiration and Wreckage


Welcome readers, writers, authors, and bloggers!

For the last time this year, it’s the First Wednesday of the month when we celebrate IWSG Day, in the form of a blog hop featuring all of the members of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Founded by Alex Cavanaugh and fostered by like-minded associates, IWSG is a place to share the fabulous views and exciting news that occurs along our fascinating writing journeys. Pull up a chair and join us!

Our awesome co-hosts for this month’s posting of the IWSG are:   Pat Garcia, Sylvia Ney, Liesbet @ Roaming About Cathrina Constantine, and Natalie Aguirre! 


‘The most beautiful stories always start with wreckage.” ~ Jack London

If the quote above holds true, we writers have our work cut out for us after the year we’ve had. I predict a large number of epic novels will hit the shelves next year. Yet, 2020 is the last thing I want to write about just now. I don’t even want to think about it.  

Truth is my inspiration bucket, for a time, seemed to have sprung a leak.

Detecting my reluctance to embrace any festivities relating to holidays this year, a dear friend of mine reminded me of how pleasing it is to gaze at the lights on the tree. And that’s all it took to get the spirit of Christmas once again glowing in my heart.  Whew! That was close.

Now I can think about dragging out boxes of ornaments and lights, a golden sleigh for elves and gnomes and other Christmas sprites. Summer dust will soon be gone, replaced with cotton ‘snow,’ and every single power strip will be in use, I know. Red vines hang like crimson fronds within a tiny scene where ribbon candy waterfalls spill in taffy ponds; a shadowboxed delight to share the stage beside the tree we’ll gaze upon each night.

With any luck, I’ll find that elusive treetop star I look for every year ;-) If not, I ran across an enchanting treetop gnome with a green scarf that perfectly matches our ceramic Christmas pickle ornament (whosoever finds it first gets a reward!)

Otherwise, in answer to this month’s question:  Are there months or times of the year when you are more productive with your writing?

I tend to write a lot in January, after the holiday rush. It’s a real good running (writing) start for the year. I like writing during and after rainstorms when rainbows bend and stretch. And sunsets that compel description. Sunrises tend to set the pace for the day and have been known to completely derail any previous plans I might have had before the “big idea” and that first cup of coffee. Good times ;-)

Happy writing and Merry Christmas, everyone!


“Christmas is the day that holds all time together,” ~ Alexander Smith