Wednesday, October 3, 2018

IWSG - October 2018

Cohosts for this month are Dolorah @ Book Lover, Christopher D. Votey, Tanya Miranda, and Chemist Ken!
The (optional) question(s) this month is: 
How do major life events affect your writing?
Has writing ever helped you through something?

We write what we know, so I think we can't not have life affect our writing. Here's a personal example to illustrate both questions. 

After I went through a particularly ugly local election in my day job, it got me thinking about some of the issues I'd been dealing with. I'd had some management training that touched on current events around the country. That got my imagination flowing and I wrote Swing Vote. It turned out to be a very cathartic experience.

How have your major life events impacted your writing?


22 comments:

  1. That was a clever way to turn life's events into a story!

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    1. And as the author you can control the outcome which you can't always do in real life. lol

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  2. I'm guessing there weren't any naughty swinging in Swing Vote!

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  3. I love that. Living in NYC was an experience like that for me. I've got a book that will be very powerful when it hits the world one day, based on the experiences of surviving that place. =)

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    1. I hope it was a therapeutic for you to write as mine was for me.

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  4. Glad yours gave you ideas for a story. I have more losses and grief, which has made writing hard.

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  5. You said: It turned out to be a very cathartic experience. Writing does have that built-in benefit. Thanks for sharing. I used poetry as an avenue of expression a few years back.

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    1. Beats punching holes in the wall, right?

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  6. Turn the not so fun stuff into a story, sure works at our sea too.

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    1. In a book, you can kill people off. Society doesn't look kindly on that in real life. ;)

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  7. I haven't written directly about my life, but in the three years between the time my mother and my father died, and in the six months or so following my father's passing I made a lot of 4-hour car trips down to their house to do stuff. Four hours in the car is good for getting into head space, which is good for writing for sure.

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    1. Wow, Jeff, such a touch time for you! I'm glad you had an escape.

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  8. I think it was brilliant to turn such a difficult situation into a story. A real case of doing something positive instead of just fuming or feeling discouraged.

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    1. It let me feel like I was in control of something.

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  9. It's awesome to be able to take the stress of life and use it for a good, fictional cause.

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  10. I completely agree, writing effects life and life effects writing:)

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  11. I also agree that life wiggles its way into an authors writing.

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    1. I guess that' why living feeds our writing.

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