Wednesday, September 7, 2022

IWSG: Never Say Never, Song Lyrics, and 500 Miles of Writing

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Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting! Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post. And please be sure your avatar links back to your blog! Otherwise, when you leave a comment, people can't find you to comment back.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

The awesome co-hosts for the September 7 posting of the IWSG are Kim Lajevardi, Cathrina Constantine, Natalie Aguirre, Olga Godim, Michelle Wallace, and Louise - Fundy Blue!

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG 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. 

Remember, the question is optional!

September 7 question - What genre would be the worst one for you to tackle and why?

Many thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for starting the IWSG! 



My thoughts on the September 7th Question: Never say never! Even if the genre would be the worst one for you to tackle.

When I say Never Say Never, I'm not quoting the Bieber song. In fact, when I say those words, I hear a very different song from the 80s running through my head and some of the lyrics are... well. Umm, I don't even know who the song was by or the actual name of it, but it was on a mix tape a guy friend gave me - and doesn't that make me sound like I could be writing 80s-90s historical fiction? Said guy friend was someone I dated, but did not ever call a boyfriend because, well, we thought about it, but he was Catholic, and I was Protestant and we thought it mattered. There's definitely a story there, but I'm not sure it's one I'll ever write. The above is actually enough over-sharing for that. However, as I said, never say never. Who knows, another decade will pass, and I might think, yes, it's time to write that story in a fictionalized way.

I say all this because I "never" thought I would write with a pseudonym. Now, I have two. 

I "never" thought I would write song lyrics. I have, both in fiction projects and outside of them. 

I "never" thought I would write a stand-alone book because I honestly love a great series, but now, I have.

I "never" thought I would write in second person point of view because that's just too weird and grammatically confusing, right?
But now I have written a novel with three POV characters that shifts from second person point of view, first person point of view, and letter writing (first again, but different). 

This is not a new writing technique, but it's a rarely used one. NK Jamieson obviously made it work. Scott Reintgen did it successfully in his Ashlords duology. I'm sure there are more examples outside of the speculative fiction realm. 

Will all of these projects see the light of day? 
Yes, eventually. Some already have. Some will someday.

Because this writing gig is something I love. I am not giving it up, ever. I will write and I will write, and maybe I will write all the "nevers" by the time I'm done, which will be when they pry the pen and laptop from my cold, dead fingers. 

 For anyone waiting for Rayatana 3, I apologize. Drafts 1, 2, and the partial of 3 were shlock, pure and simple. They didn't work. Parts of them shine prettily, but problems happened when I tried to salvage them, so I went back to the brainstorming phase. It will get finished. I have carved out a block of time to rewrite it entirely, but I am not promising any particular release dates until I'm satisfied it doesn't stink.

Current writing vibe:

I decided to replace Never Say Never with 500 Miles by the Proclaimers for my song for the week.

*I had to look that song up because you know how it is when a snatch of lyrics is running on repeat in the back of your head? Yes. That feeling. So, the Never Say Never song I remember is by Romeo Void and came out in 1981. I heard it the first time around 1989 or 1990. If you like clean lyrics, don't go looking it up. It's a weird song from a time when weird song lyrics were the norm.

What's your writing vibe right now?

Any songs sticking in your brain these days?


Jemi Fraser said...

I love this!! (even the song which I had to look up - the 80s were weird awesome!)
I've pushed myself so far out of my comfort zone with my writing as well. It's such fun to try new things and stretch ourselves with risks. I may hyperventilate when I'm taking those risks, but I'm still taking them!
And now I'm going to write (and sing) my 500 words :)

Rachna Chhabria said...

I am in a plotting vibe though I would love to be in a reading vibe right now :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sadly, as soon as you said those words, I knew the song. And now the annoying thing is stuck in my head.
I'm still going to say I will never write first person.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Love this! - "...and maybe I will write all the "nevers" by the time I'm done..."

I didn't know the Never Say Never lyrics/song but the 500 Miles song I definitely did. :)

Nick Wilford said...

Great that you've tried so many different things in your writing! I'm definitely taking the 500 Words away from this post. :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

I like your never say never approach. It's a great one for much of life too.

cleemckenzie said...

Keep those option open! Great answer.

Liza said...

I give you lots of credit to being open to new writing styles. said...

Never say never is a good way to walk into an ever-changing profession and world.

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

As we change, so does our writing. If we're open to trying new things, of course.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Jemi - It is fun to try new things! Happy writing!

Rachna - Hope you get into reading soon!

Alex - You never know. :)

Madeline - thanks for stopping by on your journey!

Nick - glad you got a take away!

MJ - Thanks!

Diane - It's always a work in progress.

Natalie and C.Lee - I agree!

Liza - Thanks!

Kim - Yes, I think it's good to keep our eyes open.

Lynda - so true!

Damyanti Biswas said...

I love your never say never attitude! It is definitely a way of living and the more you are open, the more opportunities come your way :D

Douglas Thomas Greening said...

I do like the never say never perspective. I do believe I would rather let the story do the defining.

Patricia JL said...

It's interesting the things we thought we'd never do but end up doing.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Damyanti - Thank you!

Douglas - The stories that come our way, the opportunities that come our way must all be measured against where we are and what we value, but yes, sometimes come together in unexpected ways.

PJL - True.