#IWSG August: Does your writing take you by surprise?

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; Renee Scattergood, Sadira Stone, Jacqui Murray, Tamara Narayan, and LG Keltner!

Do stop by and say hello to them!

I’m just back from holiday in Spain, and am facing a mountainous to-do list. I’ve already tackled the laundry foothills; braved the heights of the weekly shop; and am now surveying the towering cliffs of keeping-the-kids-occupied; avoiding-guilt-as-my-husband-DOES-STUFF-around-the-house, and trying-to-fit-in-writing-time.

But I’m probably not alone in all that, so I won’t whinge.

This month’s question is: Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? And my answer is ALL THE TIME!!

I only need to think back to the first creative writing course I ever took. The homework was to write about a character who was packing a bag, and I ended up with an antiques dealer who had a special interest in smuggling antique erotica on the side. I was sooo nervous about reading it back to the class the following week! But I was glad I did as it reinforced the lesson to go ahead with writing whatever the muse throws at you, rather than what you think you ‘ought’ to write.

Speaking of things the muse flings around, my story, ‘Herne’s Rest’ is in the second Grumpy Old Gods anthology, which comes out this Friday (9th August). If anyone is interested in receiving an ARC and would consider leaving an Amazon review, then please let me know.

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8 Responses to #IWSG August: Does your writing take you by surprise?

  1. Antique porn dealer on the lam!?!! Now, I am surprised. I think that I have missed an entire segment of your work. Happy IWSG day!

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  2. Congratulations on the anthology.
    That is a really cool twist you put on the bag story.
    Bet you need a vacation after your vacation now.

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  3. I loved this “avoiding-guilt-as-my-husband-DOES-STUFF-around-the-house.” I often feel the same way except it’s “DOES-STUFF-around-the-boat” in our case ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. emaginette says:

    …and a great lesson it it is. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Anna from elements of emaginette


  5. Juneta says:

    Spain sounds like a wonderful place to vacation. I have always wanted to see it and a few others. I was in London England in 1986 but have not had the chance to cross the seas again, except for Hawaii and the Caribbean, but that is not really across the seas as I mean it here. I loved my 9 days spent in England. Yup, a several across the pond location I would like to see before I die.


  6. Loni Townsend says:

    Grats on the anthology placement!

    Heh, housework is usually the opposite for me. The guilt comes when I choose to rest rather than work, because I know it won’t get done unless I do it. Thankfully, my kids are getting to the age that they can help out with some of the tasks so that it doesn’t all land on me. ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Lee Lowery says:

    What a great lesson! And a unique twist. Congrats on getting your story in the upcoming Grumpy Old Gods.


  8. Grumpy Old Gods! What a great title for an anthology. Congrats on getting your story published.


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