Wednesday 5 July 2023

IWSG July 2023

Time for our monthly meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group! Hosted as ever by Alex J. Cavanaugh, the aim of the group is to offer a safe space where writers can share doubts and insecurities without fear of being judged. This month's co-hosts are PJ ColandoKim LajevardiGwen GardnerPat Garcia and Natalie Aguirre.

This month's optional question is: 99% of my story ideas come from dreams. Where do yours predominantly come from?

This is a really good question. I have to say I rarely get story ideas in dreams, although I have had a couple of good ones. It just doesn't happen very often. Most of the time, ideas will suggest themselves when I have some downtime to think (like when out on a walk) and things that have been swirling around my head crash together and suggest something new and different. I'm constantly soaking up information about the outside world (and let's be honest, quite often worrying and stewing about it) and regurgitating it through plotlines is my brain's way of dealing with it. Of course, at other times overhearing a fragment of conversation or catching something on TV is enough to spark an idea off. I don't always write these ideas down straight away, but if I'm still thinking about it a day later then there might be something to it and it'll receive a scribble in my notebook.

Just a couple of quick news items now. My debut traditionally published book, The Becalmer, will be out in just over a month (it's sneaking up fast!) and I've entered the beautiful cover in AllAuthor's cover of the month contest for July. If you could spare a minute to vote by going here, it would be greatly appreciated!

And, all my previous books are available for free for this month in the Smashwords Summer/Winter sale. So if you'd like to check out my YA dystopian series or collection of shorter speculative fiction, you can find them all here.

To visit other wonderful ISWG authors, check out the list here!