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Wednesday, August 2, 2023

IWSG August 2023 Conflict and Tenses


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 the viewpoint of our writing desks as we record our journeys. Check out the August newsletter here.

Our awesome co-hosts this month are:  Kate Larkinsdale, Diane Burton, Janet Alcorn, and Shannon Lawrence! Feel free to hop around and say hello to everyone!

The Optional question for this month is: Have you ever written something that afterwards you felt conflicted about? If so, did you let it stay how it was, take it out, or rewrite it?

Absolutely. I’ve yet to meet a writer who hasn’t gone back at least once along the way to revise, rewrite or completely remove something that just didn’t feel right.  Providing it hasn’t already gone to publication, I have and will always rewrite or delete anything I don’t feel comfortable with or about. To quote one of our members, Arlee at Tossing it Out, “The story belongs to the author, the book belongs to the readers.” I think it’s a good thing to keep in mind. Timely proofreading is also important.

My current WIP is one that had been in my “Someday, maybe” drawer for quite a while. To be honest, the exile was deflating, yet necessary. I’m attempting to gain back some of the lost momentum while struggling to keep the tenses straight. Anyone else ever encountered this?

I did run across a few tips I plan to try in an article at  For now, I’m open to suggestions ;-)

Happy Writing!