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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

IWSG June 2023 Never Too Late


Welcome readers, writers, authors, and bloggers!

We’re glad you’re here! It's the First Wednesday of the month; when we celebrate IWSG Day in the form of a blog hop featuring members and guests of the Insecure Writer's Support GroupFounded by author Alex Cavanaugh (Thank you, Captain!) and fostered by like-minded associates, IWSG is a comfortable place to share views and literary news from our perspective writing desks as we record our journeys. Check out the June newsletter here

Our awesome co-hosts this month are: Patrcia Josephine, Olga Godim, J. Lenni Dorner, and Cathrina Constantine! Feel free to hop around and say hello to everyone!

The optional question for this month is: If you ever did stop writing, what would you replace it with?

I can’t imagine not writing anymore. If I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing. Does revising count as writing? Besides writing and of course, reading, revising is one of my favorite things to do. It’s not the same as editing, which is my likeliest Plan B. Finding and fixing mistakes is easy and fun as long it’s not my own work ;-)

Revising fiction is often that second chance you never really get in reality to hone the impression you want to make. For instance, did the sun simply rise on any day in question, or did it burst from behind the clouds and spill across the sky in crimson ribbons?

Author Anna Badkhen recommends avoiding PEDESTRIAN SENTENCES and advises writers to “Approach each paragraph as you would a poem, then make it stun” Because an orchard’s worth can’t be assessed without a taste of the golden fruit?

On the other hand,

“Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it – wholeheartedly – and delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings.” — Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, On the Art of Writing, 1916

Then again, 

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write” ~ Saul Bellow

Remember that eleventh-hour magic never happens before the deadline, and it’s never too late to revise.

How often do you get up in the middle of the night to write? How do you feel about revisions?

Happy Writing!