IWSG August 5: Genre/Form

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 August 5 posting of the IWSG are Susan Baury Rouchard, Nancy Gideon, Jennifer Lane, Jennifer Hawes, Chemist Ken, and Chrys Fey! 

QUESTION: Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn’t planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?
MY ANSWER:  The form chose me.
Here’s a sample:
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Dense gray fog surrounded us and it was dark. My eyes were fixed on the compass needle while my hands gripped the wheel as I drove La Vita, our 33 foot sailboat south. Mexico on my left and Hawaii thousands of miles on my right.

Rick set the mainsail to catch the light breeze and keep us steady. The fresh salty ocean air filled my lungs. The engine’s steady hum vibrated through my body. My first night at sea and I’m in charge.”
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My background was technical writing, so my blogs posts resembled a How To manual. I wanted to capture my adventures in vivid detail.

I joined a writer’s group in La Cruz, Mexico. After weeks of whining and filling pages with dull phrases, my writer friends sat me down and held an intervention. They told me what was missing. My stories lacked feelings and emotions.

I learned the importance of including the senses: what saw, heard, felt, smelled. That was in 2012.

Five years later, new writer to the group made a comment that rang true. She said, “You write slices of life.” I had no idea I my writing evolved or tumbled into this form: Each story a single episode. A slice of my life. The form found me.

I’m seeking an online fictional writing course that includes feedback. Any suggestions deeply appreciated.

Thank you for your time. I look forward to reading your blog, too.

14 thoughts on “IWSG August 5: Genre/Form

  1. Hi,
    Ever since I have been visiting your blog and reading your pieces about your living on La Vita, I have thought you write interesting pieces about the slices of life on a boat. So I agree with your writer colleagues. Your writing is improving every day.
    Ad for writing courses, I don’t know if this will interest you, but I joined the RWA a few years ago. One of the reasons was because they offer excellent writing courses at a mini price. I also joined the OIRWA which stands for the Outreach International Romance Writers of America, The nice thing about the OIRWA which is under the wings of the RWA is that as a member you get one free course a year. But outside of that they offer courses every month and the courses are good with excellent people who are mostly published or indi published writers. You don’t have to join OIRWA to take the courses though. You pay then ten dollars more for a course if you are not a member. You can google them and find out all about it. I have learned a lot the past four years and I am happy I discovered them on the internet.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

    1. Hi Pat,
      I visited RWA and sent them an email asking about their courses. Could be very interesting.
      I read this comment you made on another IWSG blog site.

      “I have learned a lot from many different people. I am a people watcher. So many people don’t realize that their posture or poses and especially facial mimic tells more than the words they speak at times.”

      I’m always afraid I’ll invade someone privacy if I watch them. That’s a stupid idea of course. Also, I need to give myself permission eavesdrop for dialogue snippets. I guess I can hide behind a mask! LOL

      Thanks for visiting and telling me my writing has improved! Hurray.

  2. That’s great that you’re figuring out what you write and are looking to take a course to improve your writing. Sorry, I do’n’t know about a great course to suggest to you.

    1. Hi Joy,
      I’m hopeful, I can find an affordable structured course with feedback. We your support and others I’m sure something will pop up.
      Thanks for visiting!

  3. Hi, Lynn! I find slices of life really interesting to read, and your sailing is something I’d never have the courage to do. I don’t have a course to recommend, but one with feedback would be super! All the best to you!

    1. Hi Louise,
      I love writing about my experiences here in Mexico. My goal is to make them as exciting as good fiction. Bite size posts are easier for me to spice up. Thank you very much for taking time to visit.

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