Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | By: Angela Brown

IWSG, My Genre & Me

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.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

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Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or 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!!!
February 7 question - What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

I LOVE the variety and the journey that comes with fantasy and science fiction. As a kid growing up, reality was always so...well... REAL. It was wonderful to hop into a book and take off to a different realm or a different planet other than my own. I'd always have to face the issues and problems in my REAL LIFE, so it was nice to escape to some place or thing far removed from my norm.

It is just as much fun creating new worlds, spinning a new twist to an old aventure, dreaming up a new language or way of speaking. It is why I enjoy building bridges between here and anywhere imagination takes me.

What about you? What genre do you write most in and what do you love about it?

20 comments:

Natalie Aguirre said...

I love writing fantasy for the same reasons as you. I enjoy reading science fiction but don't write in that genre.

Bish Denham said...

I like a little wonder and magic thrown into the reality of my stories. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I learned to escape to those new worlds when I was younger as well. It was like a breath of fresh air.

Maria Zannini said...

I don't write much anymore, other than my blog, but I especially like to read historical fiction.

What I love best is how the author builds their characters until they become flesh and blood. In the end they're not just characters in a book, but people you know.

mshatch said...

I love scifi/fantasy for the same reasons. It's a great escape and who doesn't want to play God for a little while (ok, maybe a long while) and create an entire world from scratch?!

Angela Brown said...

Yes, I so love fantasy, both reading and writing it.

Angela Brown said...

Agreed, Bish. A little wonder and magic is spectacular. 😆

Angela Brown said...

Re: a breath of fresh air

That is so true, Alex.

Angela Brown said...

So true. By the time you're knee deep in the story, you can't help cheering for the main character.

Angela Brown said...

Re: playing God

You know, I hadn't thought about that but that is true as well 😁

Cherie Reich said...

I prefer the escapism of other worlds compared to our own, which seems so ordinary when you have magic and advanced technology like they do in fantasy and science fiction.

Chrys Fey said...

Growing up, fantasy captivated me. It was even the first genre I wrote as a kid. Until I read my first romance novel, then that changed things, so now every story I write (and usually read) has some level of romance in it.

Angela Brown said...

What is interesting is seeing the trends of things that aren't science fiction anymore, like moble devices and touchscreens.

Angela Brown said...

I do enjoy a good romance novel.

S.A. Larsenッ said...

You and I are so on the same page when it comes to reality being ... yeah, so real. I get it. That's one of the many reasons I love reading and writing some sort of fantasy or paranormal tale. It keeps me grounded, yet the otherworldly aspects give me space to push boundaries and escape.

Angela Brown said...

You know, Sheri, we are definitely on the same page 😀

Shannon Lawrence said...

I definitely enjoy the escapism of speculative fiction, too.

Gwen Gardner said...

Yes! Discovering books as a child is probably the best thing that ever happened to me. It set me on a path and opened up loads of possibilities. Escaping from real life was/is very cathartic.

Angela Brown said...

Getting away with the help of a good read is such a great relaxation.

Angela Brown said...

Same here, Gwen. Reality will have to be dealt with. And reading and writing fantasy is such a therapeutic way to disappear just for snippets at a time.

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