#IWSG March 2020: Writing about Traditions

Posted March 4, 2020 in Creative Writing / 16 Comments

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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.

This month’s awesome co-hosts are:   Jacqui Murray, Lisa Buie-Collard, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence!  

Writing News

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!

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16 responses to “#IWSG March 2020: Writing about Traditions

  1. I’ve probably been blogging for around the same length of time. Love the online writing community – filled with some of the very best people I “know”!
    As to writing news, my book Dancing With Dementia is up for preorder and will be out and about in a few weeks … EEK! 🙂

    • Me too. There are times I probably would have given up with my writing if it weren’t for the encouragement from my online writing buddies. That’s awesome, Jemi! Congratulations!

    • Yeah, everyone has always been so friendly and helpful. The support and encouragement you can find in the writing/blogging community is invaluable.

    • That was such a fantastic experience for me. I’m so grateful I found such a wonderful community of writers who have cheered me on from day 1. I always learn so much from reading the IWSG posts.

  2. I’m glad you found the comments on your WEP story encouraging. That’s what we’re here for. We love our writing community and want to be as supportive as we can. I’m working my way toward a ‘fast launch’ of my vampire series, where I’m having 4 books edited ready and will publish them in close proximity. a

    Yeah, and I started blogging in 2007.

    • I am so grateful to be a part of the WEP community. I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work, Denise. Ooh, that sounds exciting. Hope it all goes well!

  3. Using historical traditions is a great way to help world build. And brainstorming is definitely a huge part of writing. Good luck with getting those words on paper!

  4. Allie Bock

    I feel like I spend the majority of my time brainstorming and prepping before writing. Congrats on blogging for so long. I’ve only been at it for 2 years and the community is wonderful.


    • I’m glad I’m not the only one. Yeah, I don’t know if I would have stuck at it for so long without the support of the wonderful community.

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