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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

IWSG: Writing Surprise

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs. You can also join us on twitter using the hashtag #IWSG, or on the Facebook page.

Now, IWSG hosts have changed up the format in an effort to make it more fun and interactive.Every month, they will announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

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AUGUST QUESTION: Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you'd forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming?

MY ANSWER:  My writing has taken me by surprise several times when I almost felt like someone else (my muse) took over and shared a tale so perfectly that I needed very little revision later. This has only happened a few times and I'm still in awe of those experiences. I think that is why I connected so deeply to Elizabeth Gilbert's BIG MAGIC (see my previous post). She addresses those experiences and how to deal with their lack of frequency. I highly recommend this book!

I've also been surprised by a few of my readers who contacted me to share their own reactions to my writing. To realize you've created something so powerful to not only yourself, but to others as well, is a truly humbling and magnificent experience. It reminds me how connected we all are, even when caught up in the idea of our own life.

How about you? Have you ever been surprised by your own writing, or someones response to it?


lostinimaginaryworlds.blogspot.com said...

Hello Sylvia, I didn’t see your post about Elizabeth Gilbert's BIG MAGIC, but shall certainly look for it 🌹

Em-Musing said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing Elizabeth Gilbert's BIG MAGIC. Looks like something to motivate me.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It is magnificent.
I'll have to check out that book.

Sarah Foster said...

I often feel like my muse is writing this story, but it's definitely not perfect. It's more like, he makes the ideas, I have to put in all the actual work!

Rosemary Johnson said...

Glad your muse helps you from time to time. I watch it like mad when that happens, because I fear that my characters are drifting into Everyman/Woman.