IWSG: The Genre I Write In Most

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!
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. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting!
February 7 question – What do you love about the genre you write in most often?
The awesome co-hosts for the February 7 posting of the IWSG are Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia, Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!
A couple years back, I switched from writing mostly mysteries and thrillers to writing mostly science fiction (or fantasy, depending on the day.) And I love the sense of community, and the positivity, and the imagination. Thrillers were fun, but there’s a darkness there that wasn’t all that fun to live with.
My insecurities right now? Well… as always, I’m mired in my revision, but I’m down to single-digit chapters on my revision to-do list. I’ve saved the toughest revision for last, and I’m insecure about every single one of those seven or eight chapters. (Among other things, I still can’t decide whether my main character marries the love interest at the end of the book.)
But it’s nearly finished, and I’ll have to make those decisions sooner or later, no matter what.
This is where my mind wanders to the social implications of business decisions. I have forums and blog hops and writers’ groups, and I’ve made amazing friends over the course of the creative process. When I start thinking about what to do with the book after it’s finished, I’m discovering that in addition to a Muse and an Inner Editor, I have an Inner Social Director.
Inner Social Director is currently reminding me that no matter how I publish the book, half my friends are going to hate me when they find out. (For heaven’s sake, don’t bring it up over dinner, and are you really wearing that?) Inner Social Director is kind of a bitch, actually.


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    I suggest you ask your characters what they want — their answers might surprise you (and maybe cause another rewrite 😉 ).

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    Wow I’m learning so much from your blog. I’ve joined in the blog hop and I enjoyed your post immensely. I can definitely relate to character decisions being difficult but good for you for making such progress on your revisions!

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    One of the great things about science fiction and fantasy is that you can still tap into other genres. Isaac Asimov was a genius at that. His robot novels are really mysteries in a Sci-Fi setting.

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    I save the toughest revisions for last as well. It’s amazing how I can write so many words in a day, but when it comes to revisions, I can tackle a few small things, and my brain is fried for the day. 🙂

  5. Loni Townsend


    Hahaha! I hope you can filter out some of your Inner Social Director. Yeah, I can’t dwell too long in the darkness or it starts to affect me outside of writing.

    Best of luck whittling down your To-Do list!

  6. Victoria Marie Lees


    This is my first time here, Karen, so I’ve followed your blog and connected with you on social media. Gosh, revision is tough. Keep moving forward, my dear. You can do it!

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    Romances. Sometimes I wonder why we even bother writing them…they’re so frustrating. I’ve had so many, many revisions as a result of romantic couples changing their minds…but I think it’s worth it in the end. 🙂 I love a good romance, but getting it on paper can be a struggle. But keep it up, you can do it!

  8. Lee


    Ah, those inner bossy know-it-alls, constantly harassing us on all subjects. Good for you to follow your instincts and write sci-fy. I write dark suspense (right now) and you are so right – sometimes the darkness is not much fun.

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    Karen, at least you Inner Social Director isn’t telling you to “stand up straight, for God’s sake! You’re 62 years old and you look like a heathen!” The revision process is tough for me; I have dunes and drifts of un-revised copy and about fifteen actual pages of something I tried to re-write, but I think I gave myself a concussion when I hit my head on the desk. I jest, of course, but it sure feels like it; it is a slow and painful process for me, too. Thank you for a lovely blog!

  10. Angela Wooldridge


    Don’t listen to the Inner Social Director! (And don’t give her my phone number either!) Anyone who isn’t chuffed to bits for you when you get published deserves to have their noses rubbed in it anyway 😉
    And hurray for the revision progress! Whoop! Whoop! 🙂

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    I might be the only person who loves editing and revising more than writing the first draft. I really like the sense of creation the first draft offers, but it all comes together, actually becomes a story in the revising process. Good luck!

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      I love when it does come together… But that process? Ugh. I’m jealous you do like it. I’m going to have to borrow a cup of optimism.

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    Excited for you knowing you are so close to the finish of your book! I feel like you about my writing mysteries. There’s enough murder and chaos in the world without my adding to it. Perhaps I’ll write a fun fantasy. I believe you need to kick out your inner social director and replace one with more sense of humor. I enjoy yours!
    JQ Rose

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    Revisions can be a toughie. But, they aren’t so bad once they are broken down. I like the way your mind works though. You have a great blog. You can do it!

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    I love that: Inner Social Director. I have to think more about that one. Finally putting your work out there can be so scary and it seems like there are So Many Voices involved. Good luck with revisions.

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