It’s time for another Insecure Writer’s Support Group post to boost my confidence and encourage myself to engage with the writing community. The IWSG post on the first Wednesday of every month.
To be honest, there hasn’t been a great deal of writing going on lately. I’m spinning a lot of plates at the moment, and all I’ve managed to do with regards to my WiP is some brainstorming and daydreaming. Still, I believe that to be a vital part of the process for me.
I was very pleased with the lovely comments on my flash fiction piece “Portrait of a Man”, which I wrote for February’s WEP challenge. All the kind words gave me much-needed encouragement and reminded me that it is worth it in the end!
This Friday marks 11 years since I first started blogging! It was around that time that I first started to join online writing communities and put my writing “out there”. I’m proud of myself for sticking with it for so long and appreciative of all I’ve learnt and the friendships I’ve made in that time.
This month’s optional question:
Other than the obvious holiday traditions, have you ever included any personal or family traditions/customs in your stories?
I can’t say that I have included any personal traditions in my stories. My family don’t really have any unique customs that come to mind. None that would really fit into a sci-fi or fantasy setting, anyway.
I do, however, include religious and historical traditions in my writing from time to time. When I write fantasy stories I often use spiritual or social customs from ancient mythology in my worldbuilding. For example, one of my short stories makes reference to the Slavic festivals Perunov den (Day of Perun) and Velia Noc (Great Night).
Over to you…
Do you have any writing news to share? Let me know in the comments!