Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Excuse the rush in this Insecure Writers Support Group post, but I'm sure I wasn't the only one to received a group e-mail from our host that said:
Based on feedback from members, some suggestions:
* Short posts, 300 words or less
* Remove word verification (you’d be surprised how many have it on and don’t know it)
* Return comments and visit those who visit you
I don't know about you, but I find it hard to post a legitimate insecurity in 300 words or less, and still add all the advertising requested: link to the IWSG sign-up site; link to the host Alex J Cavanaugh, and links to the awesome co-hosts since the signup list has grown larger than one Ninja Captain can accommodate (297 participants) even with a cloning machine. This month's fearless co-hosts are Krista McLaughlin; Kim Van Sickler; Heather Gardner; and Hart Johnson. Please be sure to stop by the co-hosts and offer your appreciation for their contribution.
My IWSG topic post this month is about WRITING WHAT YOU KNOW. From a young age as a reader, I've always immersed myself in fantasy/sci fi worlds and horror. The genre's are so removed from my real life they are an escape from that real life. As a writer however, what I know is all about characters (people). Motivations, life circumstances, culture . . but I'm not sure I want to make up my own worlds and rules that the fantasy/sci fi genre's require.
So I write contemporary fiction in horror/thriller and women's fiction novels. Yet my publishing successes have been in short fiction for spec fic, urban fantasy, and epic fantasy. A quandary I'm not sure how to navigate as an author. Should I listen to writer feedback that tells me I should write fantasy because that is what I read; or should I follow my author heart and write the contemporary world because that is what I KNOW and am comfortable with?
I have more elaboration on this topic, but I'm trying to be concise and stick to the word count (eek, I'm over at this point, but the concern itself is only 164 words) specifically for IWSG so the participants can swoop in, read my IWSG post, leave a brief encouraging comment to show they were here, and dash off to the next post on the linky or in whatever blog-reader is being used.
However, the e-mail request to keep IWSG posts on a limited word count got me thinking . .
What good is it for the IWSG post to be 300 words or less if a blogger has a 1-3k regularly scheduled author interview, guest post, book/movie review(s), blog tour stop, or any other lengthy announcements along with IWSG? Does the blogger really really expect the IWSG participants to ONLY read the 300 words dedicated to IWSG, and not read/comment on the REST OF THE POST? Doesn't posts on the first Wednesday of every month that include more than IWSG defeat the convenience of the 300 or less word count?
Not judging or complaining; just asking questions.
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Have a good week y'all. I've agreed to critique/beta read two projects sent to me from former critique group partners, so aside from reading as many IWSG posts as I can for the next few days, I don't expect to be blogging during the month of July. I apologize in advance for missing important posts, blogfests, and blog tours.
My life is a mess right now, and I make no excuses or apologies.