Wednesday, November 2, 2016

IWSG November




It's November and it's time for the monthly IWSG blog hop! The IWSG is a large group of writers who come together for commiseration and we post every first Wednesday of the month! Come check us out here.


Well, NaNo has begun. I'm writing short stories this year, but unlike past years, I'm very aware that I don't have all the time in the world to hit that 50K, which is one of the reasons why I decided to write short stories. Anyway, before I try to get more words down, let me answer this month's IWSG question:

What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?

Well, there are many fantastic aspects of being a writer. One of them, to quote a historian I've recently begun reading and following, is that history lets him indulge in "licensed nosiness"--and I feel like writing lets me do the same thing sometimes. Being a writer lets me explore different things and I'm quietly nosy, quietly collecting dialogue, characters, settings, and anecdotes in my head to twist around and combine and refine into a story. 

Also, I like creating characters--trying to figure out how they tick, what their deal is. 


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  1. Licensed nosiness--I like it. I'm doing Nano as well. Best of luck with all your stories!

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  2. I'd never thought of writing as being nosy...but it is. Good luck with Nano!

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    1. Yeah, he said it in an interview, this historian, and I was like, "Oh. That makes complete sense!"

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  3. I love your answer about having a license to be nosy! I have a lot of fun poking around inside the heads of characters to figure out what motivates them.

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    1. I don't think I'm *actively* nosy. Like, I can mind my own business. But in writing? It's fun to be nosy with your characters!

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  4. It's great fun to poke into a character's life. Figuring out why s/he would do such & such. Wishing you success in NaNo.

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  5. "Licensed nosiness." Ha. I like that!

    Good luck with NaNo!

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    1. Yeah, licensed nosiness stuck with me. Thanks!

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  6. Licensed nosiness! I love it. That makes all writer eavesdropping totally legit.

    Here's my IWSG post for November: YA Author Stephanie Scott

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    1. Totally legit! Anything can end up in a story, after all.

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  7. I love that quote!! I am quite nosy, and I always use being a writer as my excuse. ^_^ What kind of writer would I be if I wasn't quietly and avidly hyper-observant?

    Good luck with NaNo! I'm excited to see what you come up with!

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    1. What kind of writer would I be if I wasn't quietly and avidly hyper-observant?

      Exactly!

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  8. "licensed nosiness"- gives it a sense of legitimacy. Love that phrase!
    I finally completed your historical novella...and learned a lot.
    Happy IWSG Day!

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    1. Thank you so much for your very kind review, Michelle! I really appreciate it.

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  9. I love it. I'm not nosy enough to dip into history, but give my characters a good mystery and nosy is just what they are. hehehe


    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  10. Ah, yes, licensed nosiness. I have friends who "shoplift" conversations and interactions, giving them an excuse to listen in on neighboring conversations.

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    1. Ooh, that's a nice way to put it as well.

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  11. Creating characters is almost like pulling at pieces of yourself and discovering what is hidden in the far recesses of you psyche. Definitely a blast.

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    1. Yup! Or taking strands of people you've met or people you know or imagine you know...it's fun!

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  12. I love the idea of going around collecting things and then writing! Wonderful!

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  13. Good luck with your short stories. What a fun way to do the challenge.
    Mary at Play off the Page

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  14. I also love developing characters! I just have to stick them in the right story. :)

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  15. These are the words of a creative mind! I love it. Good luck with your NaNo short stories!!

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