On every first Wednesday, it’s time to rock the neurotic writing world!
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.
The awesome co-hosts for the May 3 posting of the IWSG are Joylene Nowell Butler, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Meka James, Diane Burton, Victoria Marie Lees, and M Louise Barbour!
Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or a story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.
Remember, the question is optional!
May 3 question – When you are working on a story, what inspires you?
In the beginning, the freshness of the idea is inspiration enough to start writing down the first words.
When I reach what I think is the middle, I need to boost that inspiration–I think of it as enthusiasm–by walking a lot while I talk to myself. This “talk” is often dialogue between characters, or it’s me berating myself for thinking I could ever write a book.
As I cross the finish line, I’m usually inspired by the checkered flag, even though I know I’ve only completed the first draft and there’s a lot of work ahead.
I’ll be interested in reading what others use as inspiration.
My newsletter goes out on the first Thursday of the month. If you’re interested in reading it, you can sign up HERE. You get one of my “spooky campfire” stories as a gift when you do. This month’s topic is “Why Readers Stop Reading A Book.”
Quote of the Month: Don’t wait around for inspiration to zap you, go find it for yourself in whatever way works. (Notice that there are no quotes around this one. It’s mine–not original in thought, but my words.)