IWSG October, 2021

Hello Writing Community

Welcome to yet another post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The IWSG is a database resource site and support group for writers and authors. Featuring weekly guests and tips, a monthly blogfest gathering, a Facebook group, a book club, and thousands of links – all to benefit writers!

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! You can join the group here.


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. 

The awesome co-hosts for the October 6 posting of the IWSG are Jemima Pitt, J Lenni Dorner, Cathrina Constantine, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, and Mary Aalgaard! Do visit them and show some love.

 Before I answer this month’s question, I would like to share with the community that this year I am all set to participate in NaNoWriMo- my first ever! I have mostly been writing poetry, choosing it as my preferred genre even at The Himalayan Writing Retreat’s ‘First Draft Club’ held in September. I have written short stories in the past, but never a full-length work of fiction. I am excited and nervous. Suggestions, dear members, are welcome. The more, the merrier!

And now, for this month’s question.

October 6 question – In your writing, where do you draw the line, with either topics or language?

When I read this question in my mail box, it made me think because I have never consciously drawn a line when writing. I don’t think for most writers it is pre-meditated. But then, subconsciously we do have our thresholds I suppose. What is my threshold? And when do I decide that I don’t want to talk about a particular topic. I went back to read some of my boldest pieces and realized two things.

  1. I don’t usually shy from treading unchartered territories when it comes to topics.
  2. I am careful with the use of language and heavily use metaphors or references to convey my point.

As I deliberated further on this, I came to the conclusion that the discomfort I experience as a reader decides where I draw the line as a writer.

How about you? Do you too hold yourself back while writing? Or, are you comfortable with all kinds of topics and language?

22 thoughts on “IWSG October, 2021”

  1. First up, my best wishes to you for NaNoWriMo! Second thing, I have not completely dived into the world of fiction so as an amateur I would say I have my set boundaries that come subconsciously. Though I am not sure if this is right or not and if this would limit me as a writer.

  2. I agree. There are some books I couldn’t finish because I felt too uncomfortable. Same with films. The scene in Dancing with the Wolves where the soldiers are about to harm the wolf… I left the theatre and waited for my friends outside. I was dismayed because it seemed so obvious to me that the entire scene was a ploy by the director to incite shock value. I still can’t watch that scene. I suppose it says more about me than others.

  3. I love NaNo – I’ve written a multitude of 1st drafts with NaNo. Plus, it’s fun!
    I think my reading and writing lines are based on genre expectations a lot of the time. I like to disappear into my fiction and have fun 🙂

  4. I love the observation that the discomfort you experience as a reader helps define your boundaries as a writer. I think that is close to my own feelings as well, but it was a really good way to phrase it. Good luck with NaNoWriMo!

  5. Good luck with NaNo! It will be fun hearing about your experience. I liked your answer to the question this month. It makes sense that you’d not write what you wouldn’t choose to read.

  6. I love the way how you write Sonia, and tackle these complexities of your writership. As a reader I’m quite bold, and can take in quite a lot and empathise with the writer’s emotions, but in my own writing, quite restricted, always looking for an objective correlative to hide behind.

    Good luck with NaNoWriMo. I am also in!

  7. “the discomfort I experience as a reader decides where I draw the line as a writer”

    Very well said, Sonia.

    I write as I speak, pretty straightforward, but I do add trigger warnings where they’re called for.

  8. Not much holds me back, but what I say is deeply considered first.

    On the NaNo front. Yay for you. My advice is: have your research and a general outline ready, also, give yourself a good enough writing prompt each day so that you can hit your daily word count.

    Anna from elements of emaginette

    1. Thank you Anna. I remember the last time I mentioned NaNo, you were around with some useful suggestions. I didn’t think of the prompt. Seems a good approach.

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