HOW IWSG BEGAN:
Alex J. Cavanaugh, the founder, noticed a lot of blog posts from writers mentioning their doubts, concerns, and lack of confidence. He also saw the positive replies they received and realized that the writing community offered an abundance of support. Writers want to see other writers succeed, which is how he came up with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. This group would act as a form of therapy, letting writers post about situations where they need encouragement, or to offer words of encouragement to others if they have experience.
On September 7, 2011, Alex launched the monthly blog posting of the IWSG and it has been going strong ever since.
In addition to the hop, we have a website to assist and encourage all writers with tips and help from professionals. We have helpful admins who run groups on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, and Instagram. Plus, we have a newsletter and we work with the Write-Edit-Publish community for flash fiction contests. Go to the site to find out about all of these and more!
For March 2019, the blog hop co-hosts are:
Optional Question for March:
Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?
I like heroes, but sometimes I like writing villains more.
I rarely write from their perspective so maybe it's because it's a change of pace.
Or, it could be because I find it easier to give a villain something "good" inside them that's been twisted to something bad than I do to get the right balance of strengths and flaws with my heroes.
Or, it's because I like redemptive story arcs.
Example: I have a tendency to write heroes with too many issues - hence, they almost sound like villains. One of my betas thought my main character of that-superhero WIP (which I thought was finished) was going to go villain because he longed for the world to "just understand" him and he wanted to "share his knowledge" with the world. I re-read that section and realized it did sound like he was going to force his views on people so I had to go back and change it. Agh. It might have been easier to make him a villain, but that's not exactly the story I wanted to share.
I do want my MC and both of the other point-of-view heroes to have big problems and make mistakes so they have heroic redemption arcs. They get to save their world despite all of their flaws - loneliness, anger issues, trust issues, family issues, power control issues, etc. These are not teen Captain America heroes; they are more like a mixture of Hulk, Tony Stark, the Black Widow, and Poison Ivy.
Do you struggle to balance your heroes' strengths and flaws?
My goals update:
My goals took a bit of a hit with some health stuff and snow this month, but I did do these things:
1. I kept stepping when and where I could. I managed to get in over 5,000 steps for 21 days, and out of those days, I did over 10,000 steps for 15 days. (These are tiny steps, not stride the globe kind of steps or "climb every mountain" kind of steps - just moving in the right direction steps.)
2. I received a rejection letter for my novel, but I decided it was okay. (See problems above). I count having a good attitude about this as a win.
3. I had four stories rejected, one poem and one 100-word story published. I have two more submissions of short stories floating around out there. I also received a "maybe, if we can make changes" kind of acceptance but I haven't seen anything from the editor in a week, so I'm thinking it's a no.
4. I revised the entire Anomalies novel again (again, again, again). This means, I made some small changes at the beginning which worked their way through the entire book. I also chopped two chapters and added three chapters.
5. In the first days of March before this post, I began a new novel which I'm going to keep under wraps under than to say it's SciFi, and the working title starts with K.
I had some exciting news just on Monday - My flash fiction piece "Captain's Log" earned runner-up for the 28 Days WEP Challenge!
Thank you, WEP!!!
Also, if you are interested,
you can read my poem "But the Snow Falls..." at the Drabble.
and read "Change" at Story in 100 Words.
Both were accepted and published in February.
Reedsy (an IWSG partner) has started a new paid-for-review service for authors.
Check it out at Reedsy Discovery
Reedsy has several helpful services available for authors.
The newest IWSG Anthology will be out in April!
How are you marching forward with your writing goals in March?
And do you struggle to balance strengths and flaws in your characters?
The IWSG blog hop needs co-hosts for the next three months! Please check out Alex J. Cavanaugh's site for details!