Wednesday, February 7, 2018

IWSG: February, 2018



It’s time for another group posting of the IWSG: Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join, click on the tab above and sign up. Post the first Wednesday of every month and visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

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IWSG is the brainchild of our noble Ninja Captain and leader Alex J. Cavanaugh

Every month, a question is offered that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional.

February 7 question - What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

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What I Love About Writing Suspense Thrillers


The need to overcome hardships drives the themes in my suspense novels. I believe life throws obstacles at you for specific reasons that aren't meant to be clear at the time. Writing stories centred around certain fears drives me to weaken their influences in my life. 

Most of the people who know me are perplexed by my dark plots. By nature I'm a happy-go-lucky person who is quick to smile. I look for the good in everything, sometimes foolishly. Not because I'm naive, but because I've learned that if things aren't going well, it's better to fake it and pretend they are. 

In 2017 I faced struggle after struggle, and for the first time in my life I couldn't bounce back. So, for an entire year, I faked it. Situations don't change on a certain date, yet, sometimes, in order to survive, we set time limits. Such is the reason so many of us were happy to see 2017 end. A New Year meant hope. 

I'm pleased to say 2018 has started off well. I'm not free of pain, but each morning I wake feeling blessed. And while this year may or may not be perfect, I'll continue to write suspense thrillers about characters facing tragedy, overcoming fears, and finding hope in the end.  

Please, no matter how bad your life is, never give up believing it'll be better tomorrow. Show the universe you believe in your right to be happy. And if the day throws you a curve ball -- swing hard!




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  1. Thank you for sharing that, Joylene. I hope 2018 continues to be good to you.

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  2. I wonder if I'm drawn to writing thrillers for some of the same reasons as you. I hadn't thought about it. I was drawn toward writing thrillers initially, because it's one of my favourite genres to read. I'll have to think about that. :) Happy 2018 is looking up for you. :) http://www.raimeygallant.com

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Raimey. I don't think it matters why as much as how it makes us feel while we're doing it.

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  3. Yes, that's a part of my belief too. Life throws curve balls and it is up to us how we look at it and how we deal with what coming at us. I've had those months where I have had to fake it. It's not a matter of being dishonest but a matter of not giving in to hopelessness. You have a picture of how you want to be in your heart and in your head and that pictures drives you forward.
    I read a beautiful commentary some time ago that I read once a week. It says "Get into the habit of looking for the silver lining of the cloud and when you have found it, continue to look at it rather than the leaden grey in the middle."
    Every day I wake up, I look for the silver lining.
    Wishing you all the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. That's a great saying, Pat. I'm copying it down. Thank you!

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  4. After what you went through last year, I hope this is a much better year!
    Maybe you write down the dark stuff to deal with it and get it out of you?

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    1. I'm sure I will, Alex. Thanks for all you do.

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  5. Sorry to hear that you've been through some dark times Joylene. I tend to find that writing can be a form of therapy, in all sorts of ways - I can have my villains say or do things as a kind of harmless outlet, make my characters suffer on my behalf, and even creating a world that's more orderly and understandable than our own can be reassuring.
    I hope writing has helped you cope with your struggles, and I hope 2018 is a better year for you than 2017.

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  6. Just don't try to help any more birds. LOL

    Put it all behind you and plan for a great 2018.

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    1. LOL. Good advice, Diane. Did I mention I have two pet pigeons? Their names are Mama and Papa. I feed them 3x a day, otherwise, I stay clear. Have a great day.

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  7. My mom always said tomorrow is another day. It worked for me so far. Mornings are always the best part. :-)

    I'm glad things are going better for you.

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  8. Joylene, I am so very sorry your 2017 wasn't good at all. I kind of needed to hear how beautifully you've dealt with this, and I love your reasons for writing suspense/thrillers. I can completely understand that rationale! I think too, that as writers and creators, we all should write what we want any way. It's kind of hard to imagine Stephen King being hired to write a rom-com; that just doesn't fit.

    I'm so glad that you're feeling better too and looking forward to a healthier 2018! This makes me grin inside! Thank you for being a kind hostess today! <3

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    1. Thanks, Viola. I know you've struggled and are now. Best to you in 2018.

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  9. I'm glad 2018 has started off at least a bit better than last year. I hope that continues!

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  10. Ah yes, I get that, so glad things are better and you are writing. That is awesome.

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  11. As someone coping with a chronic health issue, I find your words and positive attitude uplifting. I too hope that 2018 banishes all the dark memories of 2017 and is a leap forward.

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  12. I love thriller suspense, Joylene. Thanks for sharing this. You have an awesome blog here. I'll be sure to follow you online if I haven't already.

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  13. You are an inspiration and a joy to spend time with. Doesn't matter if its via the written word or in person. You've swung hard and hit the ball way out of the park. May 2018 be the best year ever!
    http://la-vita.us/Write/

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  14. Such an inspiring post, Joylene! 2018 is off to a bumpy start, but I feel blessed in so many ways, so with all the bumps in the road, I'm still grateful, hopeful, and excited. Excellent, uplifting post!

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  15. Joylene, I'm so happy to read that the year has been good so far!
    I love your thoughts about life's hardships and just moving onward and upward despite the challenges/obstacles... it's so true. What happens is that when we choose the positivity, it enables us to manage the negativity better. It's all about choice. Nobody says it will be easy but we gotta hang in there!
    Like you, I also look for the good in everything, sometimes foolishly... it's who I am. I can't be otherwise. It IS better to fake it and pretend things are better. It's part of dealing with and managing the negativity. And it works.
    Take care, Joylene! (((HUGS)))

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  16. I'm so glad that this year has been off to a great start for you. Thanks of the inspirational post and the reminder to swing hard at life's curveballs. Cheers - Ellen

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  17. Hi Joylene, sorry I am a little late visiting this month. I am glad to read such a positive post, I am a firm believer in positive thinking even if that sometimes means faking it! Hope 2018 is a good year for you.

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  18. Yes sometimes you have to tell the universe who's boss. Well, at least you'r swinging for the fences. Never give up!

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  19. Thank you for sharing this! I found this post very inspirational.


    www.ficklemillennial.com

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  20. Glad to hear 2018 is off to a better start for you. I'm with you on writing dark stuff that confounds the folks who know me as a generally positive and optimistic person. Perfection is overrated. Embrace the tarnished bits, I say. Thanks for the post, and happy writing to you. :)

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