Thursday 5 September 2019

IWSG September 2019

We're into September already, the first Wednesday to be precise, and you know what that means - time once again for the monthly meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Founded and headed up by Alex J. Cavanaugh, it's a safe space where writers can share their fears and insecurities without fear of being judged. This month's co-hosts are Gwen Gardner, Doreen McGettigan, Tyrean Martinson, Chemist Ken and Cathrine Constantine. I'm also running a bit late this month as I was having computing issues yesterday, which seem to beset me more often than I'd like these days, but on we go.

My insecurity this month is that despite making some public announcements, I've still not got down to writing again for the first time this year. Ideas are bubbling. Just got to take that leap to getting it down on screen which is proving a struggle for some reason, but this month will be the one!

Do I need a change of scenery, as proposed by this month's IWSG question - "If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?"

This is a very good question. I've been lucky in that I've been able to travel quite a bit during my life, so I could summon up a range of stunning locations. How about a view of Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australia as the sun goes down? (I envisage a nifty little desk set up in the desert.) Or on a Caribbean beach with ice cold beer in hand (I'm not much of a cocktail drinker) - it would need to be well shaded to avoid a glare on my laptop though, as I'm one of those people who likes to go straight to screen with a book. Maybe I'm overthinking it. I could go all intellectual by sitting in a pavement cafe on Paris's Left Bank. Really, though, I like to think I could write anywhere because the worlds I'm conjuring can't be seen from here and because as long as my wife is by my side, I've got the support I need to keep going - is that schmaltzy?

Don't forget to check out more IWSG posts here!