IWSG: Best Characteristics of Your Genre

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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!

The awesome co-hosts for the October 5 posting of the IWSG are Tonja Drecker, Victoria Marie Lees, Mary Aalgaard, and Sandra Cox!


I’m revising a short story with an unreliable narrator… and wrestling with the POV issue. I feel like I don’t know anything about the story. I don’t even know if there’s a problem with the story. I’m probably going to have to send it to someone for a second opinion. And… it’s going to have to be someone I know pretty well. A writer, who can handle a question like… “Hey, is there something wrong with this?”

October 5 question – What do you consider the best characteristics of your favorite genre?

Right now? I think it’s something about the escapist quality. Most times? I think the benefit of Science Fiction is that a tall, skinny guy with tentacles is able to say things that anyone else might not. That you can reach into things that people wouldn’t listen to, if the same ideas were presented in a real-world scenario.

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    I think you’ve hit the nail on the head about science fiction. Escapism is great. People need that sometimes. At the same time, though, you can still address some of the problems we face in real life without making it feel too real.

  2. Loni Townsend

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    I hope you figure out your story. I’ve never tried writing an unreliable narrator story. I could imagine it’d be pretty hard. Good luck!

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    Yes to people needing escapism, in whatever genre they can submerge in to. Science fiction is awesome, because it can look so different from our day-to-day lives that it is easier to escape into the story. Good luck with the unreliable narrator! That has got to be very challenging to write.

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    That’s an interesting point about science fiction and one I hadn’t thought of. Good luck with the unreliable narrator. I’ve written one of those a time or two, and they can be hard to get right.

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      If you have any reliable unreliable narrator tips, I’d love to hear them. Happy IWSG day.

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      Good luck with your story. I’ve been tempted to use an unreliable narrator but I’m not sure what it would do to my psyche. O_o

      Guys with tentacles can say anything they want. It’s beautiful.

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