IWSG July 3, 2018 Writing Goals

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

The awesome co-hosts for the July 3 posting of the IWSG are Nicki Elson, Juneta Key, Tamara Narayan, and Patricia Lynne!

IWSG Question: What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?

My Answer: I write blog posts based on true events in my life. My goal is to write with the emotional grip of fiction.  I’m hungry to learn.

Here’s an example of my life event post and my attempt to hold the readers interest tension: Change On The Horizon.

18 thoughts on “IWSG July 3, 2018 Writing Goals

  1. It really does all boil down to the feels. A plot can be epic, characters can be amazing, and yet if the reader doesn’t connect, it’s dead in the water. Do you have plans to compile your stories into a memoir?

    1. HI Crystal,
      Yes, I have thought of compiling my stories into a memoir. I recently read a post about a couple our age that lost their boat at sea and were rescued by the USCG. It was so well written. I couldn’t put it down.

      I compared my writing to hers and I fell short. And, I do have a small voice that says, folks will be intrigued with my stories. I see your point, my readers must connect…so just who is my audience? Certainly, folks that enjoy sailing. When I was writing regularly our friends were eager for the next post.

      Thank you visiting. I always welcome your thoughts and comments.

  2. That was a wonderful story. It moved me. I left a comment on the other post too. I loved this. ”
    Some may wonder why we live in Mexico on our sailboat.

    Our answer: we’d rather celebrate brilliant sunrises and physically challenge ourselves than sit on a tacky couch and stare at the boob tube.”

    The reading the message in the bottle add on was clever.

    You inspire me. Give me hope and make me feel like a wimp. I need to challenge myself more and with higher levels despite difficulty, hardship and fear. Thank you for sharing that. Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

    1. Hi Juneta,
      Living on our sailboat, La Vita, in a foreign country automatically comes with challenges. One of my biggest fears of living in a US city is I’d become dull and lazy. I guess, I’m saying, circumstances challenge me. I don’t think I’d wake up one morning and say, ‘I’m going to try something difficult.’ I’d probably take the path of least resistance. One thing you must be proud of, is the creative life you live. You are a fantastic writer. Cheers

  3. The US (and Mexico) are pretty big with a huge variety of cities and landscapes. I think you could find challenges in lots of places. And nobody will actually make you buy a couch or a TV. Maybe we should all throw our TV’s in a closet.

    1. Hi Tamara, Hey you’re on to something: stashing TVs in a closet. I’m hooked on Survivor…so I just might have to put the TV on rollers. ha ha And, of course you are right about landscapes on both side of the border. Thank you for visiting, reading, commenting and co-hosting this month! Cheers.

    1. Hola Joey (hi Joey),
      I will always be grateful for my time in Mexico (2009 to present). I have developed a broader perspective on life and US. Thank you for visiting and taking time to read and comment.

    1. Hi Sandra,
      I’m hopeful as I write more often, the emotions will be easier to identify and express. I’m also trying to add the senses, such as sound, smell, touch. Thank you very much for visiting and taking time to comment.

  4. It’s a strange thing, but it’s often much harder to make non-fiction seem real and emotionally engaging than it is with fiction – doesn’t mean you can’t do it though.

    1. Hi Patsy, I’m doing my best to add emotion and senses to my posts. It’s taking a lot of practice and study. Thank you very much for stopping and taking the time to comment.

    1. Hi Ellen, I appreciate your comment about the post. I’m striving to hold the reader’s attention and not turn it into a soap opera drama piece. I really should take another pass and add more smell, sound, & visuals.
      Thank you for visiting, taking time to read, and comment. Please give Simon a scratch behind the ears for me.

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