Wednesday, March 2, 2022

#IWSG DAY - March 2022

Insecure Writer’s Support Group—A database resource site and support group for writers and authors. Featuring weekly guests and tips, a monthly blogfest gathering, a Facebook group, a book club, and thousands of links–all to benefit writers! #IWSG

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer help and guidance. It’s a safe-haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
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!  
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.  

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. 

The awesome co-hosts for the March 2 posting of the IWSG are Janet Alcorn, Pat Garcia, Natalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence!

Remember, the question is optional!

March 2 question - Have you ever been conflicted about writing a story or adding a scene to a story? How did you decide to write it or not?

Why would a writer feel conflicted about adding a scene to a story? There are many reasons.
One of the reasons is linked to “artistic wiring” and visualization.
Perhaps the scene in question is particularly challenging. Maybe you’re not sure how to paint a vivid picture in words, in order to draw the reader into your scene.

The flexibility of the mind's eye is amazing. It can take many forms, and differs from writer to writer.
You may be one of those creatives who find it a challenge to fully visualize your scenes. Then we get artists who have that special brand of creativity: they can see mentally in three dimensions, in full color and can even rotate objects; for example, sculptors who are writers.
But we are all wired differently.
Each writer just has to find that unique pathway in your mind; one that belongs to you.

Here's an exercise to enhance visualization in your scene:
Copy a chapter of one of your drafts into a new document.
Erase all the dialogue.
Read the remaining prose.
That's what you're 'seeing.'
Concentrate on just that and ask yourself:
What image have I drawn with those words?
How are my characters moving through the scene?
Does that imagery paint a clear picture of what I wish to convey?
Hopefully you will move forward with more confidence, to tackle that challenging scene.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Michelle - erasing the dialogue and looking at the prose remaining ... makes sense - just happy I'm only blogging! Cheers Hilary

Natalie Aguirre said...

Yes, I have a hard time visualizing my scenes and writing the description. Thanks for the interesting exercise.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Thank you for this idea and exercise, Michelle. I'm going to give it a try.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Again, that is a really good exercise.

cleemckenzie said...

A good strategy for seeing if the scene is moving the story ahead! Great idea.

Leigh Caron said...

What a great exercise. I will implement immediately. Thanks!!

Juneta key said...

Great post and exercise.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Great exercise for seeing the details.

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Elizabeth Seckman said...

Excellent tip. I am not very good at seeing the scene in its entirety and often have to fill it in after a beta demands it.