Tuesday, November 3, 2020

November IWSG Post and Why I Write

 

Whew! Finally 2020 has nearly reached its end. A topsy-turvy year, a year full of anxiety. Most of our well-laid plans went for a toss, due to a small virus that played havoc all over the world. 2020 will leave a lot of scars for sure.

We have reached the second last month of the year. And as it is the first Wednesday of the month, it’s time for our monthly IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) post. In our posts we talk about all aspects of our writing, our discussions center around our manuscripts, our books, characters, stories, revisions, plots, editing and everything about publishing and marketing our books. Do visit the IWSG website.

IWSG, online writers’ group was started by the fabulous Alex J Cavanaugh, a multi-talented, all-rounder: author, blogger, musician and a wonderful person, ever ready to spread goodwill and cheer, constantly supporting other writers. Alex is the author of several amazon bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars, with more bestsellers on the way (Psst, he is currently working on another book that too will join the bestsellers’ list, I'm sure.)

My awesome co-hosts for the November 4 posting of the IWSG are: Jemi Fraser, Kim Lajevardi, L.G Keltner and Tyrean Martinson. We look forward to visiting all your blogs.

November 4 question - Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Conner said, “I write to discover what I know.” Authors across time and distance have had many reasons to write. Why do you write what you write?

I write, else all the stories floating around inside my head would drive me crazy. And all the characters living in my mind will stalk me till I go bonkers, and unless and until I  let them out into the world, in the form of stories and books, they will keep screaming in my ears.

What about you all? Why do you all write?

 

 


42 comments:

  1. We don't want you crazy!
    And I have my manuscript back from my test readers and I am indeed working on edits. Just hope I can get it into shape.

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  2. It is good to get the stories from your head to the page.

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  3. Ah... definitely we all want to get those stories out, don't we? My choices for writing vary but mostly it's to add beauty. Sometimes purpose too.
    Sonia from https://soniadogra.com

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  4. Yes, we have to let our imaginations play out there in the real world for sure! Thank you for hosting IWSG this month!

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  5. It is hard to let a story go once it takes root in your mind. That's why were writers!

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  6. Hi,
    Yes, characters can be pretty assertive. They won't let you rest until you do something.
    Thank you so much for co-hosting this month.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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  7. Thanks for co-hosting, Rachna. The stories in my head drive me a little batty too, so I can relate. Happy IWSG Day.

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  8. LOL! Exactly. We write because the voices in our heads demand it. Thanks for co-hosting this month, Rachna. Here's hoping for a much brighter 2021!

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  9. Yes! We write because the ideas are too loud! Thanks for co-hosting!
    Happy Writing in November, December, and into 2021!

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  10. Also celebrating the close of 2020. 2021 might be a little rocky, at first, but the new year brings new hope. Thanks for co-hosting #IWSG today!
    Mary at Play off the Page

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  11. LOL! Let them out!! Thank you for co-hosting.

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  12. I love your description of what happens when you don't write those characters' stories. Me, too. Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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  13. Yes, you do have to appease those guys that seem to think you're the one to craft their stories. Good luck with managing them! And thanks for taking the time to co-host today.

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  14. Yup, characters can be very opinionated--and persistent! Thanks for co-hosting.

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  15. haha! So true! Glad you are letting those characters out to stay sane!

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  16. I so agree! That's why I first wrote--to get the main character out of my head. Didn't work. Did it for you?

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  17. That pretty much sums it up!!!
    I just started publishing this year and I'm surprised how getting those stories out there gets the people out of my head ... to make room for more of course!

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  18. I had so many false starts getting the characters out of my head. Then it finally happened. Great post, and thank you for co-hosting. Happy IWSG Day!

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  19. Yep! Writing to tell the voices' stories. I know that feeling!

    Thanks for co-hosting!

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  20. I write for the same reason you do :)

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  21. omgosh same here! The stories chase me till I write them. :) Great to meet you Rachna and thanks for hosting!

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  22. I love your notion of why you write - spunky!

    Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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  23. Hi, Rachna! I write for the same reason as you, although you expressed your reason so much better than I did. Thanks for co-hosting today. I hope that you've had a lot of fun!

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  24. Your reason made me smile! Sometimes characters are relentless!

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  25. "To preserve my own sanity" is a darned fine answer :-) @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

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  26. Thank you for co-hosting!
    I once told my son (4) that I write because there’s a book inside me that wants to be written. He now asks when I’m writing “Is the story trying to get out, Mummy?” :D
    So I know how you feel. Good luck with those voices! :)

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  27. Thanks for co-hosting! I write because it's my calling in this lifetime, something I've done as long as I've known how to write.

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  28. I'm definitely ready for this year to be over. Hopefully things improve by next summer.

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  29. That's a great reason to write. Thanks for co-hosting.

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  30. You're right, it's the characters in my head driving me crazy. I realise that's why I haven't got any voices in my head any more. I kinda miss them...
    Thanks for co-hosting today!

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  31. My characters nag me all the time. What gets confusing is when I am working on two manuscripts at a time and then the characters in both books fight who is going to get preference.

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  32. I'm the same – I have to write the stories to get them out of my head.

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  33. 2020 has, indeed, been full of craziness! I love when my characters and stories pester me until I set them free. That's creative flow there. :)

    ♥.•*¨Elizabeth Mueller¨*•.♥

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  34. I hear what you're saying about the characters in your head. I'd better start writing mine down. I probably don't need to get any crazier than I am now.

    AS far as I'm concerned, 2020 will go down as the stupidest year in history. I think years from now people will look back in wonder and say "What was that all about?"

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  35. I partly write for similar reasons, one being to channel the madness out of my head and make sense of the world's chaos and complexities. And so I've found that fiction helps me do that best.

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  36. I write for that, but also to escape reality for a while and be creative. It's my therapy. Thanks for co-hosting.

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  37. I totally understand that reason to write, as I suffer from the same "monkey mind" condition myself. The problem is that I - really - constantly have to write to "let it all out"! And, there is - apparently - more to life than just writing... :-) Thank you for co-hosting this month!

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  38. Well writing is pretty much same like eating, sleeping or other activities the only difference being it tends t get intermittent:)

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  40. The potential of going crazy if I don't write is a huge risk. lol

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