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IWSG November

This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post for November.

Alex's awesome co-hosts this month
Jemi Fraser, 

Please stop by their blogs and say thank you

November 4 question: 
Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Conner said, “I write to discover what I know.” Authors across time and distance have had many reasons to write. 

Why do you write what you write?

I read for entertainment and relaxation--to escape this world for a little while.

I write for much the same reason, and because I enjoy being creative. And, okay, who doesn't love a good review. But seriously, I've often referred to writing as my therapy. It truly is.

I lean toward writing historicals and stories with historical elements because I'm drawn to times when life was simpler (though not easy), people didn't expect a handout, and chivalry and honor were things men took very seriously. 

I write romance because I enjoy a good, well, romance, and because I like the assurance of a happy ending. Life has enough downers of its own. With rare exception, I don't enjoy books that leave me feeling depressed.


Thank you for visiting.

If you'll allow me a moment of shameless self-promotion, I'd like to mention that October 30th was the third anniversary of FULL DARK: A Benefit Anthology.  It's a collection of suspenseful, creepy tales by me and ten other authors. To celebrate, we've put the ebook on sale for $1.99!
FULL DARK is available for Kindle and Nook

Hurry and grab a copy. Sale ends soon!
100% of proceeds go to the 

IWSG is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. It's a monthly bloghop that offers a safe haven for writers to express their feelings and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. It's also a venue for offering support, both in the form of comments and positive posts. Writers of all kinds are welcome. 

We 'meet' the first Wednesday of every month. If you're interested in learning more, click on the link above. And don't be intimidated by the size of the group. We're not expected to visit everyone on the list


  1. I also find writing to be therapeutic. For me it is a release from everyday stress, and the fact it is so enjoyable is a bonus!
    Good luck, and congrats on the book anniversary :)

  2. Simpler times but people worked hard then.

  3. Writing is one of those things that's good for the soul. I always find myself energized when I'm writing, the excitement just bursting within me. That's a good feeling.

  4. I like the fact that you read and write for entertainment and relaxation :) A good writing session is my biggest stress buster :)

    Rachna Chhabria
    Co-host IWSG
    Rachna's Scriptorium

  5. I've been wrapped up in the 14th century lately, where messages were sent via messenger. I wonder what it was like to have to wait for information that long? It does seem like it was simpler times when we had to wait instead of information overload!

  6. Writing, for many, is a good escape from the craziness of the real world.

  7. Sorry for the belated reply. I worked the day of IWSG and the day after. Thanks for visiting, everyone.

  8. I am completely with you on the need for a happy ending!! I rarely read (or write) anything unless that guarantee that is in place!!

  9. Writing is a great escape! Although I like my characters to grow and I'm good with hope on the horizon, happy endings are good, too. :)

  10. Writing is both therapy and the reason writers need therapy. :)

  11. Your reasons for writing and my reasons for writing are almost exactly the same.

    I forgot to share the sale!

  12. Great reasons for writing. It's a good way to deal with the stresses of the real world.


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