Happy Insecure Writer's Support Group Day. IWSG is the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh.
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Thanks, Alex, for starting this group and keeping it going. We are rockin' the neurotic writing world!
This month's question: In your writing, where do you draw the line, with either topics or language?
Violence, cruelty, despair. I want my readers to smile (or laugh) while reading my stories. Though there are suspenseful moments, the stories always have satisfying endings. There’s enough violence and sadness in real life. Does that mean I write escapist stories? Definitely. In my stories, as in real life, I rarely use the F-word. Sometimes, it feels necessary but not often.
In real life, I’m writing again. Little bits. I went to the first meeting of my local writers’ group since before covid. The critique of my WIP spurred me into delving into my MC’s motivation. Since this is the 4th book in a series, I didn’t think I needed to bother. Wrong! So, I’m grateful for the input.
Tomorrow, I’m participating in N.N. Light’s Cozy Mystery Bookish Event, highlighting The Case of the Bygone Brother, 1st in the Alex O’Hara mystery series. In honor of that event, Bygone Brother is on sale for 99 cents. BTW, there's a prize.
Alex O’Hara finally gets a case that will give her bottom line a much needed boost. She might even be able to change her diet from ramen noodles to prime rib. All she has to do is track down a man who’s been missing for over ten years. Piece of cake . . . until an old flame arrives and a mugger roughs her up with orders to back off.