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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











60 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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    1. Thank you, Susan. I feel the same about you and what you have to say through your writing. Keep up the great work, my dear.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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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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    1. Thank you, Erika. I wish you too lots of success. I totally believe in my characters too.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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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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    1. Thank you, J.Q. Your last sentence means so much to me. It was good to hear it coming from you a writer who I admire.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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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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    1. Thank you so much for dropping by Karen.
      All the best.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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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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    1. Thank you, Madeline. I'm going to keep submitting. A breakthrough is coming. I just don't know when.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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

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    1. Thank you very much, Alex.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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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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    1. Thank you, Michelle. That's my opinion also. The deeper you dig, the stronger and more authentic your story.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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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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    1. Thank you my dear friend. Hope you are doing fine.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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    1. Thank you, Anna. I believe authentic writing reaches the hearts of people.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. Wishing you a lovely month of October.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  11. "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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    1. Thank you, Patsy. My feelings too. if you want to reach people, your writing has to breathe life.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  12. 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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    1. Thank you, Diane. I wish you a great October also. Fall is a beautiful time of the year.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  13. 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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    1. Thank you, Liz. You can do it, Lady. Keep editing. I don't even count how many times I have edited my present work and I'm still doing it.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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

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    1. Thank you, Sandra. Yes, it would be very difficult to write without me putting a piece of myself in my books.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  15. 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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    1. Thank you, Tamara. I don't think that every story has to be personal but there is an element in every story that catches the reader and causes him or her to live in the world of the author. It is a small essence and it is a part of the writer that slips into what he or she creates.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  16. 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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    1. Thank you, Toi. I too wish you a lovely October. it is one of my favourite months.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  17. 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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    1. Hello my dear friend,
      I hope you are doing much better. Thank you fro coming by. My fiction characters have something of me in them too regardless of whether they are male or female.

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

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    1. Thank you, Jemi. Yes indeed. I believe that too.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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

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    1. Thank you for coming by Olga. For me, that is true. My characters observed the world through my eyes and that is what my readers get when they read a story by me.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  20. 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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    1. Thank you, Chemist Ken. Good luck on your book project too. We can do it. Don't give up.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  21. 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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    1. Thank you, Raimey. I am smiling at your comment. Things can always change.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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

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    1. Thank you Roland. I tend to think that. Believable characters stem out of our experience.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  23. 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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    1. Thank you, Susan. I can say for myself that movies would not be good movies if the actors do not submerge themselves in their roles. I think and believe authors do the same.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  24. 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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    1. Thank you, Viola. All I can say is Amen and Amen. What you have said is exactly what I believe too.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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    1. Thank you, Donna.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  26. 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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    1. Thank you, Lee. I so agree, we are a reflection of the work we do.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  27. 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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    1. Thank you, Lynda and so it is. We can't help but put parts of ourselves in our writing.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  28. 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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    1. Thank you, Rebecca. I don't plan on stopping breathing anytime soon. So as long as I'm breathing, I will keep submitting. I know the breakthrough will come.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  29. 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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    1. Thank you, Juneta. Yes, I agree. I would even say that a ghost writer cannot avoid putting a part of his or herself in a book. It's there whether they want to recognise it or not.
      Shalom aleichem,
      Pat G

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  30. "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." Love that!

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  31. I think it's impossible not to add a bit of ourselves in the books. If books are like our children, then we leave a little DNA stamp on every one.

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