This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is 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. The awesome co-hosts for the October 4 posting of the IWSG are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan!
This month I’m just kind of doggy paddling, so there’s no new insecurity to report. I’m in a holding pattern, waiting for some things to come through pertaining to my writing, and I feel like I’m not going anywhere at the moment. But we all have these times, don’t we? We have to have some quiet moments. We can’t have every day filled with fast cars, flashing cameras, diamonds, and champagne.
…what? That’s not how ALL writers live???
October 4 question – Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?
I guess so, in the sense that I always seem to give my major characters some of my own traits, beliefs, interests, and idiosyncrasies. I love to write about Chicago, and some of the places my characters have visited in Chicago and things they’ve done there are things that I’ve seen and done as well. I also wrote a story set in Cleveland (where I live) so there were a lot of personal details in there.
Not myself, but I DID use my best friend as a minor baddie in my Siren Song series–the character even has her name and appearance. I ended up killing her off, and my BFF thinks it’s great. She really loved being in the story, and yes, I did ask her permission before I did it (the third book reveals this information in the dedication).
All of our characters have a piece of us in them, don’t they? (And I don’t just mean when you wish you could punch them in the mouth when they’re not cooperating.)
Today is also Show Us Your Writer Insecurity day! I’m not participating myself, but stop by and check out all the fun pictures from IWSG members!
On Wednesday, October 4 (IWSG Day), post a photo of yourself (or your alter ego) with any of the IWSG swag or with the IWSG logo. Then leave a comment that day at either the IWSG website’s post or the IWSG Facebook post directing us to your photo. (All blog, Facebook, Goodreads, and newsletter members welcome, but photo must be posted on a blog or Facebook to qualify.)
The IWSG site admins will visit each one and pick the top three. Why? Because there are cool prizes involved:
Third place – EBook of A Change of Mind and Other Stories by Nick Wilford, eBook of The Remnant by William Michael Davidson, eBook of Cling to God by Lynda R. Young, eBook of Already Home by Heather M. Gardner, and eBook of Dragon of the Stars by Alex. J. Cavanaugh.
Second place – The entire eBook collection of the Totem series by Christine Rains, eBooks of Princess of Las Pulgas by C. Lee McKenzie, audio book of CassaSeries by Alex J. Cavanaugh, eBook of Black and White by Nick Wilford, and your choice eBook from J.L. Campbell.
Grand prize winner – IWSG website interview, IWSG newsletter spotlight, IWSG pinned tweet for one week, C. Lee McKenzie’s Featured Follower for the month, the IWSG Goodreads book club eBook for October/November, a short chapter critique, and a pair of IWSG erasers.