Wednesday, November 4, 2020

IWSG: Writing Gives Me Wings

Our Insecure Writers Support Group question for November is: Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Conner said, “I write to discover what I know.” Authors across time and distance have had many reasons to write. Why do you write what you write?”

I write to give my imagination wings.

The power of imagination can carry you anywhere, can let you become anything, anyone. Words make any dream possible. And from the time I was a child, I flew with them.

How else could a Midwest girl growing up in an average American town in the ’60 and ‘70s fly a pirate flag, ride with Texas Rangers in the 1800’s, fend off lordly suitors at a Regency gala and be mesmerized by a darkly dangerous vampire? While taking English and History classes, I was widening the reach of my dreams. And when I went from daydreams in my head to words on the paper, I could revisit them . . . and share them with others. 

Trapped at home for nine months, my thoughts have been free to visit any where I wanted to go, maskless and unafraid. Imagination is that magic carpet freeing me and my fellow writers from their isolation. Dream it, do it. Write it down and you can relive it. I’ve gone from cheering on a band of shapeshifters down in New Orleans struggling for their freedom to a U.S. Marshal protecting a witness while discovering a whole new future on a modern-day West Texas ranch . . . just in the month of October! I may have been stuck behind closed doors, but I haven’t been locked away from the world of words and the places they take me!

I hope you’ve been having some marvelous journeys between the pages over these past months and will continue them well into the New Year!!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially 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. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.The awesome co-hosts for the November 4th posting of the IWSG will be Jemi Fraser, Kim Lajevardi, L.G Keltner, Tyrean Martinson, and Rachna Chhabria!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG


  1. I love that you write to give your imagination wings. That's such a beautiful way to describe it. Glad you have been going on so many adventures. I've been writing more too.

  2. So true! We get to go anywhere and experience things reality might never let us.

  3. I love love LOVE that first sentence: I write to give my imagination wings. So true, and that you do!

  4. I love this post! I'm so glad you've been taking journeys in your imagination these last nine months. That's what's gotten me through this time, as well.
    Happy imagining and writing in November!

  5. Yes, writing does indeed give us wings, gigantic ones at that :)

    Rachna Chhabria
    Co-host IWSG
    Rachna's Scriptorium

  6. Love this whole post!! And love that top image!!
    Keep taking flight with those wings :)

  7. I can relate to this. I've never visited an alien world in real life, but through writing sci-fi, I've been all over the universe and traveled in time.

  8. I love your idea of letting your imagination fly. I feel that way when I write, too. Your books transported me to so many fantastic locales. My favorite is NOLA. I've been there 3x and enjoyed the city, but not as much as when I read your stories. Thanks for the freedom to visit such a great city.

  9. I love that! Writing gives me wing, too. <3