Wednesday, October 5, 2022

IWSG: October 2022


Fall is upon us and so is the October edition of IWSG. Much thanks to our founder, Alex J. Cavanaugh and all the admin of the Insecure Writers Support Group. Please visit as many of the group as you have time for as we share woes and victories. Find the entire list here.

What do you consider the best characteristics of your favorite genre?

High fantasy is my favorite genre and what I like best about it is that the good guys or girls win in the end. The journey to that victory is what makes it fun to read.

What I don't enjoy is 'dark' fantasy where there are no heroes and sometimes the bad guy wins. My daughter recently convinced me to read The Poppy War by RF Kuang. It is great writing, but the characters are all awful. Millions of people died and the series ended with very little hope going forward. Despite fine writing and historical roots of the story ideas, I regret the hours I spent reading the books.

Along the same lines, I'm not sure I can watch another episode of Blood of the Dragon. I find it to be a soap opera of the lives of an awful group of people. I don't care about any of the characters. Sure, the dragons are cool but they are such a small part of the whole mess.

"Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart." Ancient Indian Proverb

The Rings of Power has many likeable characters and lots of mysteries to try and figure out. I'm really enjoying it.

I bought a new laptop finally. I'm still adjusting to the keyboard. I keep missing the shift and delete buttons. I'm just glad I finally have a good battery again. I see some coffee shops in my writing future. I'm trying to get back to writing every day.

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing. That's why we recommend it daily." Zig Ziglar

Do you have a favorite genre? What is motivating your writing? Ever read The Poppy War?