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.
Here’s a sample:
“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.