#IWSG Aug: I’ve outsourced my pitfalls ;)

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time to share our hopes, dreams and fears with the Insecure Writers Support Group, the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and this month’s hosts are; Erika Beebe, Sandra Hoover, Susan Gourley, and Lee Lowery!

Do stop by and say hello to them!

This month’s optional question is: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?

I have to admit that my brain has been refusing to work properly this month, I couldn’t come up with a decent answer, nor could I come up with an alternative subject. So, I decided to outsource the question to the two main characters in my Novel, The Mereford Witches (which is in beta stage); Skye (aged 14, apprentice witch), and Granny (much older, much more experienced witch!)

Skye: ‘So, Granny. Angela has asked us to talk about what pitfalls other writers should avoid.’

Granny: ‘And, you’re asking me because…?’

Skye: ‘Well, you’ve usually got an opinion about most things. Why should this be any different?’

Granny: ‘I don’t hold with writing any more than is absolutely necessary.’

Skye: ‘But what if you were a writer?’

Granny: ‘I’m not a writer, though. I’d understand if you were asking about witchcraft. Are you sure you didn’t hear wrong?’

Skye: ‘Uh–‘

Granny: ‘Although you should be able to answer that for yourself by now.’

Skye: ‘Should I?’

Granny: ‘Get a grip, girl. Think! What have you learned in the last few weeks?’

Skye: ‘Umm… Don’t make impulsive wishes–‘

Granny: ‘Don’t make any wishes.’

Skye: ‘Never trust a pretty face.’

Granny: ‘You really should have figured that one out by now.’

Skye: ‘All right, don’t rub it in. I think I’ve worked out what to tell Angela, though.’

Granny: ‘Oh good. Then we can get on with more important things, like counting how many frog’s eyes we have left.’

Skye: ‘Don’t you want to know what I’m going to say?’

Granny: ‘I’m sure you’re going to tell me, anyway.’

Skye: ‘Don’t over write – less is more, and if you want the answer to a question; ask someone with some experience on the subject.’

Sometimes things make so much more sense if you let your characters talk for you 🙂

(By the way, I’m off camping this week, so don’t be upset if I don’t reply straight off – I’ve no idea what the wi-fi will be like).


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9 Responses to #IWSG Aug: I’ve outsourced my pitfalls ;)

  1. That was a funny exchange. Definitely don’t overwrite.
    Have fun camping!


  2. I loved this, especially having beta read the manuscript. It’s such a perfect reflection of these two characters.


  3. Joey says:

    Enjoy your camping trip! This left me wondering… how many frog’s eyes do they have left?


  4. Loni Townsend says:

    Yeah, I’ve learned to cut, cut, cut because I almost always overwrite. 🙂 Have a great camping trip!


  5. emaginette says:

    hehehe Less is more unless you’re a minimalist like me. My book would be five paragraphs if I didn’t at least try to expand my work. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette


  6. Nancy Gideon says:

    Sometime, you just have to let them talk – then edit. Less IS more. About to go back to the trimming board after BETA reader suggestions. It’s nice to know where to start! Enjoy nature!!


  7. Less is almost always more! Good advise, Angela! Have a fantastic camping trip!


  8. Juneta says:

    What an adorable way to answer the question. I was quite entertained. Fun. Happy belated IWSG.


  9. Excellent advice from the characters! Enjoy your camping trip, hoping you have great weather.


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