Wednesday, October 4, 2017

IWSG for October

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!

Ok, it's been over TWO YEARS since I've done an Insecure Writer's Support Group post. Can you believe it? My last IWSG post was published on November of 2015. 

That was a rough time. I was on the verge of going on short term disability to figure out what was wrong with me. My writing was non-existent. And I was in a bad place. 

October 4 question - Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose? 

That's an easy one. NO! I work hard to keep my personal life separate from my writing life, so I haven't slipped any personal info. into my books. HOWEVER, one of my favorite all time YA authors, Robert Cormier, did put his actual phone number in I am the Cheese. Before his death in 2000, young readers would often call his number and he'd answer his home phone while being "in character" and play along.

So, in other news, I'm creatively back on track. I'm not only writing one manuscript, but I'm working on TWO at the same time. I've never done that. I guess I had more than two years of creative energy that was dormant for too long.

I will have one book out by the end of this year, and I hope to have another one done by next Spring. As always, I look forward to catching up with all of you.

18 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Welcome back, Jay! Awesome to have you posting again.
Two manuscripts? That's great.
He put his phone number in the book? Now that is just nuts.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Hi, Jay. Congratulations on your writing accomplishments. I can only work on one ms at a time. I tried working on 2, but I kept messing up.

Sarah Foster said...

Welcome back! That's awesome that you're writing so much now.
I definitely don't think I'd put anything like my phone number in a book! Maybe just a character who shares a personality trait or two.

Jenna Howard said...

I'm so glad you're posting again! It's a sad world when you're on a blog hiatus. And yay on you writing!!!

I sometimes wind up working on two WIP, which I shouldn't. Speaking of I should finish one.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Excellent, Jay! Keep at it! :)

A. B. Keuser said...

Welcome back and keep up the good work!

Pat Dilloway said...

Good luck on your books. Glad you're doing better lately.

Fundy Blue said...

Welcome back, Jay! I'm glad that you're in a better place. Two manuscripts ~ You're brave. Good luck!

Pat Hatt said...

Two is grand in your land. that is funny he put his number in.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Hi Jay! Happy to see you're back with us and writing full steam ahead.

C.D. Gallant-King said...

Welcome back! Great job catching up, with two manuscripts at the same time.

I wouldn't put my phone number in a book. Maybe the number for someone I didn't like, or who had annoyed me that day. :-P

IWSG October

Michelle Wallace said...

Welcome back Jay!
Two manuscripts? Congrats! That's awesome!

Morgan C said...

That is awesome that he put his number in the book with the purpose of remaining in character for those who actually called him.

Good luck on your two books!

Teresa Hamilton said...

That's his actual phone number? :o I didn't know that! It's great to hear about new books!
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Patricia Lynne said...

Welcome back!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Welcome back Jay! It would be scary to put a real phone number. Awesome job on the manuscripts!

Melissa said...

I have, but not in overt ways. I've drawn on my experiences in life to craft characters and scenes, to infuse real emotion. Honestly, I don't see how a writer cannot.

Good luck with the writing. I miss it. I'm envious.

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