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.
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.
- I don’t usually shy from treading unchartered territories when it comes to topics.
- 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?