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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

IWSG DAY, OCTOBER 6, 2021, Drawing The Line In Topics Or Language by Pat Garcia



Hello Everyone,


 It is IWSG Time!


IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 


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!


This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

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


The awesome co-hosts for the October 6 posting of the IWSG are Jemima Pett, J Lenni Dorner,Cathrina Constantine, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, and Mary Aalgaard! 


 Submissions:  Turn The Light On into the KCT International Literary "TREAT" Award Contest (Still Outstanding)

A Portrait of Daisy Dee, Fiction, The Writer Short Story Contest (Still Outstanding)

A Shared Dream, The Alpha/Omega Short Story Contest, July 2, 2021 (Still Outstanding)


REJECTIONS: The Wasteland, Carve Magazine, Raymond Carver Short Story Contest 





Drawing The Line In Topics Or Language


I have a problem with the optional question because it could cause a shadow on writers who write differently than the dominating majority. 

With that said, let me say there are some topics that I don't touch in my writing because I'm ignorant about those issues. Do I draw the line? Yes, I do. However, I try to maintain respect for those writers and their works. You're not going to find me out on the streets boycotting their books.   


As for language, I don't like using profanity in my books. You may find a word or two, but that usually is it. However, coming from a neighborhood that was across the railroad tracks, or better known as the ghetto behind the lovely homes on the main streets, the language used wasn't and still isn't from the Emily Post School of Etiquette (excuse me for the sarcasm). Do I draw the line with such books? It depends on if I like the story and what it portrays. Again, I emphasize respecting the writer's journey, which often seeps unknowingly in our manuscripts. 


Writing doesn't mean I have to agree with everything authors write or the language they use. Writers are human, and each writer's journey should be respected and not condemned regardless of whether I agree with their book or not.


Wishing all of you a lovely October month. 


Take care and be safe. 


Shalom aleichem,


Pat Garcia