Wednesday, July 5, 2023

IWSG: July 2023


Half way through the year already. Time for the monthly IWSG blog hop. Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh and the awesome group of admins, we meet through our blogs the first Wednesday of every month to share victories, set backs, ideas, helpful wisdom, and most of all support to writers everywhere. Find the entire list of participants right here.

This month's optional question:

Where do your ideas for your writing predominantly come from?

I think writers often are asked this question. I can't wait to read all the answers. For me, I don't really know. They usually start with a character for me and then I build a world and story around them. Start small and expand the idea into a novel or multiple novels.

"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Summer is rolling along. I do love the heat compared to the cold. I've been riding my bike more than walking for exercise. I can really feel the work for my thighs than I can when I walk. I'm trying bigger and more hills every day. I'm doing pretty good for an old lady. I have some biking goals.

"Like is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving." Albert Einstein

In the last few months, I have added so many books to my shelves, all waiting to be read. I went to two local library book sales, a new independent book store, Barnes and Noble, another independent store, the Pennwriters Annual conference where I always pick up a load of books, and then a trip to 2nd & Charles filled up the last inch of space left in my office. It's tough to sit down to my own writing when I have so many good books calling my name.

Good thing I have so many books and my latest 3,000K puzzle to entertain me since there is nothing to watch on TV. I'm thinking of watching Narcos. I've also been playing a few docu-drama series on Netflix and Prime in the background while I'm doing other things. I think I've become too picky.

If you live anywhere near Erie, PA, Pennwriters is hosting a one day mini-con in October. Registration is open, but more details are being added every day. I've attended this event in the past and it's very professional and a great time for writers at every point in their careers. Here is the link.

How big is your TBR pile? Do your creative ideas pop into your head? How are you exercising in the heat? (Unless you live where it's winter now) How is your writing coming along?


T. Powell Coltrin said...

How big is my TBR pile? I noticed yesterday that there are two piles. :) I get my ideas from shows and movies, from a title that pops into my head that is too good not to use, from the news and people who pass by me each day.


L. Diane Wolfe said...

I loved riding my bike when we lived in NM because of all the challenging hills. Our subdivision here is really flat and a boring ride, so we eventually got rid of the bikes.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I have way too many books on my TBR list too. I have to periodically delete some. Yes, I'm exercising more too, though I have to ride my exercise bike more because of the bad weather advisories due to the Canadian fires.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Good for you on the biking! I've been exercising mostly indoors so far, but I plan on getting a new bike soon, get myself outside a little more. Love that Einstein quote!

Nick Wilford said...

Glad you're staying so active. I definitely think there is something in physical movement that is good for shaking ideas loose, as well.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I try not to go outside.
Not a lot to watch right now.

Loni Townsend said...

My TBR pile is ever expanding, it seems. And I typically exercise in the early morning, before the heat hits.

You know, I've had trouble figuring out what to watch as well. I binged the Witcher, now I'm just waiting for the end of the month to get the second half and then the second season of Good Omens on Amazon.

Sarah Foster said...

I told myself I wasn't allowed to buy anymore books because I already have enough on my TBR list!

PJ Colando said...

You're right. I'm often asked where my writing ideas come from... in reply I smile and say, "I can write about anything."

Because I can.

Thanks for sharing your life via blog post.

PJ Colando said...

You're right. I'm often asked where my writing ideas come from. To reply, I smile and say, "I can write about anything and everything."

Because I can.

I like how you shared your life in this post. said...

I'm a few miles south of Erie. I'll have to see if the conference fits into my calendar.

Jemi Fraser said...

We've been overwhelmed with heat, humidity, and smoke in the air. I've had to put the treadmill on hold because of some breathing issues. My TBR pile is digital and it's still almost toppling over! :)

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Yeah, my TBR list is enormous.
And yes, ideas often build into more ideas that eventually form a story. Love the process.

Liza said...

Ideas come from anywhere. I like taking pictures and writing a scene.

Damyanti Biswas said...

Wow, that sounds like a reader's dream! I've been picking up far too many books lately, and I really shouldn't be getting any others. My shelves are overflowing as it is 🤣🤣