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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

IWSG Day, October 4, 2017 - Writing That Has Breath





Hello Everyone,

It is the first Wednesday of the month, and IWSG Time. 

IWSG is a writer support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. It is a big help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes or giving encouragement and help to others. 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us:


My report:

Submission September 2017

None

Rejections
 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Anthology – Turn the Lights On –
Death – a poem in the Rattle Poetry Contest

Outstanding Submissions

Three poems to the Lascaux Review – Still Outstanding








IWSG Day Question: Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?


Writing that has breath has personal elements of the author within his or her story. That is a point blank statement that I believe in. Fantasy stems out of the desire to imagine, Romance out of a yearning to be loved, Sci-Fi out of the need to explore the universe, and I could go on an on with the different genres. Whether non-fiction or fiction, books that inspire encourage, and books that motivate  force people to step out and go for their dreams. The personal element about the author bedded within his or her  story pushes the reader out of his or her comfort zone and into the writer's way of thinking and challenges the reader to reconsider his or her own life decisions.

Thus, when I looked at the IWSG question, have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose, I had to say yes. However, I don't slip it in. I do it intentionally. 

My books, whenever, I get the first one published, (and I'm smiling when I confess this)  have something to say.  My characters see the world through my eyes and what they grasp and how they experience and deal with life is the sum of the total experience of what I think, believe, and how I handle the circumstances in my own life.


Wishing all of you a lovely October, and this Georgia girl says be careful as you walk through this month.












Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia











29 comments:

  1. And thank heavens that we have the opportunity to hear and see your voice Patricia - the world is richer for it. Thank you.

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  2. What a sweet lovely post Pat. I like you push my feelings on theme out to the world too. I have to write my heart and soul into my work. I believe in my characters. I wish you much continued luck on your writing :)

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  3. Exactly! So much truth in your post. Thank you. Keep writing. You have a gift.
    JQ Rose

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  4. I agree, Pat. I honestly don't see how a writer could not include parts of him or herself (consciously or unconsciously).

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  5. Sorry to hear about the rejections. Keeping my fingers crossed for you for those outstanding subs! :)

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  6. Well said, Pat. We all hope our books do just that for our readers.

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  7. I love your answer to the monthly question!
    I think that the deeper you dig, the stronger and more authentic the story.
    Thank you for a lovely post, Pat!

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  8. You keep plunging forward with your authentic self and I'm applauding. A Great post, my Dear Friend!

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  9. Yeah, it's def on purpose! I love this month.

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  10. "Writing that has breath has personal elements of the author within his or her story."

    I agree. If there's nothing of us in our words, they'll surely sem a little empty.

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  11. Pat, you hit the nail on the head. Sorry about the rejections. Readers can feel your passion. Wishing you a great October.

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  12. Perseverance - This is how I would see you writing about your characters. I say that because you plow through,get to the most intimate form of a thought and use that to share an experience, emotion or action. I think that most writers are biased when it comes to developing characters and scenarios.
    I am working on a novel now and find I need to people watch frequently to help me with some of these characters, as they are not who I am. I struggle when I proof a chapter, as I see me slip back into the action or reaction. (Sigh! Re-work!)

    All the best to you!

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  13. It would be difficult to write without putting a piece of ourself in a book wouldn't it, Pat?

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  14. Even if the characters and plot line have nothing to do with our lives, the story has to come from someone, so in that sense, yes, every story is personal.

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  15. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    I agree. I don't think I could keep aspects of myself or my life out of my writing unless I was writing something I didn't care about.
    A lovely October to you too.

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  16. Hi Pat,
    Missed your last post but still have it. Backed up since the lyme went for my eyes. Love this observation. My fiction characters always have something of me in them but not intentionally. Characters that have parts of my family and friends--the good parts is intentional.

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  17. Love this! We are who we write! :)

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  18. "My characters see the world through my eyes" - how true!

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  19. I'm still waiting for my first book to be finished, so I know what you mean about the wait for things to work out. Just keep putting yourself out there and it will come.

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  20. Another great post, Pat. For the record, I'm single and plan on staying that way, and I don't write romance. I think there's a connection. ;)

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  21. Every character of whom we write must of necessity spring from our knowledge of similar persons in our life, right? :-)

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  22. I don't do it on purpose but I think you're right in that it's impossible not to inject yourself. Have a lovely October.

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  23. I believe that we do insert part of ourselves into our characters, since we only really see the world through the prism of our own outlook. No matter how broadly we may think we are looking at a subject, or widely we think we may traverse the landscape, we are still just. . . a person with a viewpoint, and that is what interests most people when it comes to a story that captures our imagination. Thank you, Pat for a thoughtful post on this. <3

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  24. I'm with you on this. We are part of our work no matter what that work is and we are also a reflection of the work we do.

    Viola put it nicely too.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  25. I totally agree! I think there's even unintentional elements of ourselves that go into our writing as well. We can't help but put parts of ourselves in our writing.

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  26. I'm with you--I don't see how one could write anything better than a corporate profits report (trying to think of the most soul-less writing!) that didn't have some part of oneself in it. After all, part of what we are doing is, as you say, trying to say something that matters to us. Even when we're "just" writing genre fiction.

    Keep breathing and submitting work--that's the important step!
    —Rebecca
    My IWSG Post

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  27. I agree. I like you do it by intention so are aware. My thought is if stories come out of your mind thru imagination or research then they are pieces of your thoughts therefore some part of you is there even if brief. Great post. Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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