IWSG was created by Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh — because Alex understands we need a safe place to congregate, insecurity is part of our creative nature, and together we’re stronger.
On the first Wednesday of each month, you can write on any subject related to your writing journey or adopt the option of answering the month’s question. Either way, you’re in safe territory.
If this sounds like a good place to be, sign up here.
IWSG’s 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.
Remember, the question is optional!
February 5 question – Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?
I thought long and hard about this month’s question and, while it reminded me of music I’ve listened to for inspiration, Dire Straits, Etta James, Jann Arden, to name a few, my ideas generally come from a question or a dream or simply a conversation that never finished.
I’m looking forward to hearing your answers though.
This is my second post in 18 months, and so all day Monday and Tuesday I found myself staring at a blank screen fighting for something to write. Not because I’m empty. On the contrary, so much has happened that I don’t know where to begin.
2019 was the happiest and most fulfilled I’d felt since… I can’t remember.
By next IWSG Wednesday, I’ll gather my thoughts and share with you about driving from Vancouver to Charlottetown, the 5 months I spent camping by myself in the Maritimes, my solo trip from New Brunswick to Manitoba, and finally my trip to the Philippines and Indonesia (by myself). I wasn’t kidding, 2019 changed me in ways I’ve yet to discern.
My hope is that by sharing how the above events changed me forever, something might spark a new idea for you, or prompt you to leave your comfort zone, or who knows what. If it doesn’t that’s okay. Not everything written has to spur a magical event or create a transformation. I’m learning that.
Please, leave a comment and I’ll be sure to visit your blog.
In 2018, on our first cross-country trip, my husband and I drove Highway 16 straight from BC to NB. Then, in the spring of 2019, I left BC, picked up my cousins in Manitoba, drove south through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and back up into Ontario, then onward to NB. What a fabulous trip! On the way back I drove from NB to Manitoba alone because, although a few friends offered to come with me, I couldn’t fit another thing in my car. From Manitoba, I flew to the little blue dot just above the 5258 km caption, Bucerias, Nayarit, where I am now with dear hubby until I fly back to get my car in late April, then onward to BC in May. Then back here to Bucerias in November, 2020.
Thank goodness for vacuum storage bags!