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!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

August Question

The awesome co-hosts for the August 3 posting of the IWSG are Tara Tyler,Lisa Buie Collard,Loni Townsend, and Lee Lowery!

August 3 question – When you set out to write a story, do you try to be more original or do you try to give readers what they want?

I do not write for a specific audience, I try to let the story emerge how it wants to. In earlier iterations of my writing life I had a beta reader I kept in mind but it didn’t change how I wrote the story. It only crossed my mind whether she would like it or not.

Many of my stories start from a prompt or emerge from my daily freewriting. When I respond to prompts I try to write to the prompt like no one else would. I try to not write to the obvious response to me. I am always striving to describe objects and situations in a way I have never heard before. This method brings a surreal or dreamlike essence to many pieces which I love. I love to read those texts as well.

When I share a story I do hope there is an aspect that a reader can resonate with so they enjoy the experience.

While conducting a session on Flash Fiction this week the idea was expressed that once writing is “out there”, whether that be published in print or online, it is no longer the author’s story. It becomes a new experience for the reader based on their perspective and background. We shared personal times of being in a workshopping situation where a reader saw our stories from a different angle we never expected or saw until the critiquer mentioned it.

Trying to anticipate whether a reader will enjoy or resonate with a piece is almost impossible to predict. In writing groups I have often heard the expression that if a reader didn’t like your writing, then they were not your reader.

We all have preferences and tastes. Isn’t it wonderful we all have so much writing to chose from to find our favorite flavors!?

6 thoughts on “#IWSG AUGUST

  1. I remember some writer (Orson Scott Card, I think) saying that a story is not something a writer creates alone; it’s something the author and the reader create together. That’s been my philosophy for years now.


  2. On the one hand, I agree that you can’t write for everyone, and sometimes people will not like what you’ve written because it simply isn’t for them, on the other hand, I can think of several times when I was disappointed in something I read, not because I wasn’t the target audience, but because the author failed to live up to the potential of the story they’d created.

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