Wednesday, June 3, 2020

#IWSG- Secrets

Hello and welcome to another post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group! We gather once a month in support and solidarity-- join us!

Today a question was broached as to what secrets we carry as writers.

Darn good question.

Wish I had an answer.

I'm presuming the secrets are referring to something our readers wouldn't know about us, but just what?

Hmmmm- here's one- I went to an eye doctor twice a week in first and second grade to correct my vision. Only YEARS later, did my mom and I realize I had a form of dyslexia-- but no one called it that. Before the two years, I printed my first name with a backwards E, I, backwards R, A and M. But no one called it dyslexia. 

More writerly? I often don't have a conscious clue where I'm going in a story, but once I finish it, the pieces start snapping together and it feels like that was the only way it would work.  Ray Bradbury said his job was just to follow the characters and report what they did, I kinda work that way.

Not sure what other secrets I can tell without, well, giving away my secrets! If I told people about the magic bottle that really creates all my books, then everyone would want one. Mayhem and shenanigans would ensue. Madness, just madness.

So what are of YOUR secrets? Share with the class and happy IWSG day!


  1. Hi,
    I have those experiences also when I am writing. Sometimes my characters interfere and let me know that they don't act that way, and yes, I listen to them.
    Wishing you all the best and thanks for being a part of IWSG.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  2. The world's come a long way. Thank goodness there is help for the kids who need it today. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  3. Love hearing success stories of students with learning differences! As a teacher, this totally makes my day because look at you now! :)

  4. So glad they eventually found out what the problem was. And I wish I could follow my characters where they lead. Mine would just lead me astray and I'd end up totally lost!

  5. I'm glad they figured it out. I dont have alot of secrets to share!

  6. Gotta love how we have so many words today for what previous generations just wrote-off, disregarded, or classified incorrectly.

    Good post! Happy IWSG day.

  7. I'm a pantser too! I might have a direction that I want to go, but I like to see how many characters react to a story or stimulus. Pantsing or plotting, I don't think one is better than the other.
    My secret is just that my day job has absolutely nothing to do with magic and dragons. There are times when it can be quite dull.

  8. I also usually don't know where the story will take me, but happening across it is half the fun!

  9. Amazing that you’re a writer now with that beginning. Another panther here.

  10. Wow. We've known about Dyslexia for years, and yet, kids are still not tested for it. Glad you finally got the proper diagnosis and could work on learning to read - and write. What a great gift.
    Mary at Play off the Page