Wednesday, August 3, 2022

IWSG: August 2022

 


It's time once again for the monthly meeting of the IWSG. Thank you to the IWSG admins and our founder, Alex J. Cavanaugh, for starting this group where writers can support each other in victory and setbacks. Find the entire list here.

This month's optional 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 always try to make the story what I want it to be. But in my writing persona, Susan Kelley, where I write romance I do have to follow some reader expectations. In order to be called a romance, a novel must have a HEA, Happily Ever After. If it doesn't have that, it's not a romance. Romance readers expect that and you want them to come back for more.

In my fantasy novels, I also make sure there is a 'hero's journey' which is the expectation. There are endless ways to make that journey interesting. 

I've been putting the hours in at my keyboard and have written thousands of words in the past month. It's nice to be back at it.

I'm enjoying the first full summer in my new townhouse where I don't have to do any outside work in this heat. I can do my daily walk and then enjoy the pool. I feel so pampered. I've read a lot of books and enjoyed numerous jigsaw puzzles during the hours I would have been sweating outside. 

"To desire nothing beyond what you have is surely happiness." Carleton Mitchell

Summer is a busy social month for us. Lots of anniversaries, birthdays, and this year, my daughter's wedding reception and my step-granddaughter's graduation. It's so nice to get together though I've had enough party food and drink for a while.

I feel bad for families with teenagers when they have to grocery shop. I know how much teenagers eat and I'm not sure how they can afford food. My husband and I are old enough that we don't eat large quantities, but it still is a shock each time I shop. Hope you're all doing okay and managing.

Do you write toward trends or what is currently 'in' or do you do your own thing? Are you staying cool in the heat of summer? Have you any TV or book recommendations?



10 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your daughter's wedding! Your condo life sounds amazing. In drought conditions, I am up at 5:45 watering by hand what I can. It's pretty brown around here! I like that idea of floating in the pool instead!

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  2. I, too, have busy summers with hosting three birthdays. It's worth it. Hot weather here in MO has been depressing, but this too shall pass. I read trends but normally don't write them.

    Teresa - T. Powell Writes @ https://journalingwoman.blogspot.com

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  3. Teenagers have hollow legs - that's how they can eat so much.

    It's just the two of us and I'm also shocked how much our grocery bill is now. 8% my foot - ours went from $110 to $170 between Sept. and now.

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  4. I think you do have to write for readers in romance and fantasy. I do to an extent in my fantasy stories too. I'm envious that you don't have any lawn work this summer. I can't get to all of mine.

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  5. Enjoy all the festivities!

    Staying as cool as I can. :)

    I have a few book/TV recommendations over on my blog.

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  6. It's interesting to think about certain things that are expected, like the HEA. It's like they are so ingrained that we almost don't think about them. But within that basic framework, there's still room to be creative and write something unique to us.

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  7. I bought one tomato, a head of lettuce and a quart of milk the other day. Let's just say that $10 doesn't do what it used to do.

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  8. When I first started writing, I didn't even pursue traditional publishing because I didn't want to be steered toward writing what's "in". I suppose that worked out for me anyway, since I suck at meeting deadlines too!

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  9. I always comply with the genre expectations. I write speculative fiction, and if I don't give the readers some sci-fi or fantasy context, I'll lose them. The originality comes in the plot twist or characters' problem solving technique.

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  10. I wrote about how it works for me. Having my first draft written for myself and then editing it to cater to my readers. I feel like both perspectives are important.

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