IWSG: “Have You Slipped Personal Info Into a Character?” Oct. 4, 2017

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It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s  Support Group (IWSG). The once per month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the October 4 posting of the IWSG are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan!


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Before I answer this month’s question, I’d like to thank all of you that were able to find my blog site.

If by some miracle, my comment and Gravatar/Avatar link on WordPress sites, brought you here, I’m thrilled. Those with Blogger blogs seem to find me without issue.

In the past, my linked comments on WordPress sites, took you to my domain home page (la-vita.us), not my IWSG blog site (la-vita.us/Write).

If my investment of blood, sweat,  tears, and money did pay off, and you’re here, hurray! If my WordPress pals are still in the weeds, I’ll be forever grateful if someone can help me direct my Gravatar/Avatar links to this Website. If there is a third option, I’m willing to try it.

A special thinks to Alex J. Cavanaugh and Raimey Gallant for their endless patience while I tried to sort out this mess.

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Question: Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

Answer: Yup, all the time. My stories are about my adventures, so I do my best get real personal. My goal is to write gripping stories about our life in Mexico and living on our sailboat La Vita.

My challenge is to identify and express my feelings and senses. The article, How to Write Vivid Descriptions by presented a fresh approach to creating vivid scenes.

The  stories I tell are first person, so I especially enjoyed The Challenges of the First-Person POV, by James Scott Bell. Thank you, Jane Friedman for inviting James to be a guest on your blog.

Thank you, Christine Rains for publishing an inspiring and informative  newsletter.

 

 

IWSG: “Surprised Yourself with Writing” Sept. 6, 2017

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once IWSG Badge-smper month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the Sept 6 posting of the IWSG are Tyrean Martinson, Tara Tyler, Raimey Gallant, and Beverly Stowe McClure!

Question: Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing?
Answer: I’m surprised how incredibly difficult it is to sit my butt in the chair, put pen to paper, and start writing.

I have a serious case of avoidance. I completely underestimated the power of inertia.

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IWSG: “Your pet peeves?” Aug. 2, 2017

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once IWSG Badge-smper month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the June 7 posting of the IWSG are Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG Keltner!

AUGUST 2 QUESTION:
What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

AUGUST 2 ANSWER:
Excess words that clutter the sentences and pull me out of the story. News stories are the worst. I guess they get paid by the word…not for quality. 

I get peeved at myself for my limited vocabulary. Any suggestions for expanding my mental thesaurus dictionary?

Right now I’m peeved because I can’t think of anything else to add. To make your visit more interesting, I’m including a link to Grammar Girl’s Top Five Pet Peeves of 2008. The Grammar Girl examples capture popular issues of the time. A fun read.

I look forward to visiting your site and learning about your pet peeves.