IWSG March 6: Protagonist or Antagonist?

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 February 6 posting of the IWSG are Fundy Blue,  Beverly Stowe McClure, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard!

IWSG Question:
Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?

I’m at a cross roads. When I started blogging, around 2009, we were sailing La Vita from San Diego, California to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Adventures, challenges, and unique experiences begged to be shared. It was me against the elements. I was the protagonist and loved learning to sail and adapt to life at sea.

In 2011, our sailing years began to transition from one medical challenge to another. Emergencies and medical procedures in three countries: Mexico, France, USA. My native language is English. Making life and death decisions with doctors & staff in a community that spoke mainly Spanish or French; even English, was terrifying.

Now, 10 years later, we plan to sell La Vita and move on land. Living on our sailboat, in a Mexican marina is ho hum. I anticipate living on land even more boring. Our bodies are not capable of managing a sailboat. Gone is the dream of sailing through the Panama canal and on to the Mediterranean.

I loved blogging and sharing unique aspects of my life in Mexico. What do I have to say that would hold readers for 10 minutes?

A writer friend suggested I write about caring for my partner: the challenges and the rewards. The intense medical phase was 2016 through 2018. Today our activities are confined by our physical limitations. We’ve reached a new norm.

I’m reluctant to dredge up the past because our readers are more interested in what’s going on now days. Am I wrong? Is there a niche that focuses on the past?

I’m eager to feel inspired to write again. Any ideas, suggestions, or  incantations to shake desire into action?

12 thoughts on “IWSG March 6: Protagonist or Antagonist?

  1. I had to stop traveling with my late husband after he had a medical emergency in San Antonia. Can’t imagine dealing with one in other countries. I’d love to have you write your experiences transitioning to living on land, what you read, and anything else that inspires you.

    1. Hi Natalie, Thank you for visiting and taking a moment to write. Moving through the medical maze can be daunting. I was conditioned to trust the doctor knows best. I’m learned that is not always true. Thank you for your encouragement. I’m looking forward to visiting your site.

  2. Historical fiction has a decent readership. There are also lots of current twists made to past stories. Memoirs are always good too. Happy IWSG day 🙂

    1. Hi Erika, Susan Appleyard, a member of our writers’ group, writes historical fiction. I’ve come to understand the style is unique and the pace very different from popular fiction. My goal is to structure my stories with twists, turns, and emotions. Life can be an antagonist and a teacher at the same time. Thank you for visiting & sharing your thoughts. I’m looking forward to returning the favor & visiting your site.

  3. Hi,
    Memoirs are excellent avenues for sharing things in the past and I believe people enjoy reading memoirs. You have a big change taking place in your life, but it doesn’t have to be boring. You’ve got to get used to a lot of things again. For example, adjusting to living on land again. That in itself has a whole bunch of stories that will be sometimes funny, sometimes frustrating, and sometime simply joyful.
    So it doesn’t have to be boring. That is a decision you have to make. You determine how you’re going to react to what is ahead.
    Wishing you the best as you transition and find that what you’re looking for.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

    1. Hi Pat, It’s great to read your encouraging comments. I’m thinking now is the time to jot down the days highlights, then go back and allow my imagination to fill in the blanks. Photos are another way to store memories. Now I gotta come up with a whiz bang method of organizing and moving them off my smartphone into a storage device. Thank you for visiting and I look forward to reading your post on your site.

    1. Hi Alex, I delayed replying until I downloaded Dragon of the Stars. I’m looking forward to reading about a character that “cripples his own progress from within.” I’m hopeful I can use a similar technique when I write about my hopes, dreams, and failure. Thank you for creating IWSG.

    1. Hi Juenta,
      I’m hoping for a happy writing place, too. The cabin down below has new varnish. Huge project took over 6 months constantly making arrangements for the worker(s). Now on to the next task of endless tasks. Eventually, we will move off the sailboat to a home on land. Not sure if it will be Mexico or USD. Thank you for encouraging comment. Cheers & hugs,

  4. Hi, Lynn! I’m sorry that you are going through this challenging time. If we’re lucky to live long enough, we face these adjustments. If I found myself getting down because of medical setbacks or getting older, I remind myself that my best friend ever died on the side of a freeway from an asthma attack at 35, leaving a baby son and grieving husband behind. I try to remember that every day is a gift.

    I’ve been reading through the comments to your post, and there are excellent suggestions from fellow IWSG members. I especially like what Juneta said: Your adventures are not done, just relocated. Wishing you many adventures ahead as you become a landlubber!

    1. Hi Louise,
      Thank you for understanding my situation and sharing your painful memory. I am sorry to hear about your friend and grateful you recognized and value the gift she gave you. You are right on target: as we get older, we must face adjustments and setbacks. I appreciate folks offering comments of encouragement and hope. Thank you for co-hosting IWSG March blog hop and taking time to read the previous comments and share your thoughts with me.

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