Personal Passions Contribute to Greater Joys #IWSG #amwriting

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[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here]

This month’s awesome hosts are, Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan.

Thank you so much! And thank you founder Alex J. Cavanaugh!

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I love writing. I love the worlds I create. People ask me all the time, it’s so much work, why do you keep doing it?

I began to write and explore thoughts as a lonely teen on a search for answers to the confusion I felt on the inside. I took my problems and I created worlds to deal with them.

I still do.

About to fill up another cup of IWSG 🙂

Currently, I love to study the strength of the human soul. I’ve learned the themes in life that strike me hard also make others cringe on the inside too. I’m good at imagination and living inside my head. I guess it’s been a strength of mine since the beginning. I see and feel problems. I’ve faced them whether successfully or not, and I want to share these battles with other young people who may feel them too.

So to answer this month’s IWSG question: “Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?”

Yes, I do. The people I love are characters in my stories. The people I have conflict with are characters in my stories. This world to me is about people, communication and how to live the life we truly mean and want to.

Fun Updates.

Writing Workshops. I put together a quick flash fiction workshop for middle school students and delivered it to three honors sections of 7th grade English Language Arts kiddos. I’m thrilled to be their first exposure into the creative writing world. November presents another workshop opportunity for teens. I’ll be working with a huge group of 8th grade English Language Arts Students on developing memorable characters in fiction. I can’t wait!

Great inspiring movies:

Wonder Woman. I finally rented the Redbox and watched Wonder Woman Sunday morning. Holy moly. It blew me away. I loved every aspect of the movie as it brought back so many amazing memories I loved about Wonder Woman as a kid. I did miss the invisible jet, but LOVED the lasso. 😉

Lastly, I leave you with this:

About Erika Beebe

Author, dreamer, and a momma to a couple of wonderful kids, I try to live life everyday in hope and inspire others along my way.

Posted on October 4, 2017, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 57 Comments.

  1. Love the Maya Angelou quote 🙂

  2. Teaching flash fiction sounds like a whole lot of fun. Good luck with all the workshopping.

  3. Hello dear Erika,

    what a wonderful post.It seems that writing is your passion.And I can feel that in your every word. You know, energy never lies. I love to write about real people too. Because it’s much more realistic 🙂 Thank you

  4. Jennifer Hawes

    That’s awesome taking those students under your wing and getting them to write! I did this when I taught fifth grade. We did lots of preliminaries leading up to NANO then bam, we did NANO! Keep up the good work.

  5. I bet you had a big impact on those kids and inspired several new writers.

  6. I wish this writing program had been available to me when I was a teen! http://www.raimeygallant.com

  7. Look at you and your mug!
    Glad you finally saw Wonder Woman. Excellent film.

  8. Sounds like the workshop was a great success. Lady, you’ve just changed their lives. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  9. Using real conflicts to inspire stories sounds a good way to work in genuine emotions.

  10. Thanks for visiting my blog, Erik. In fact, thanks for all you do. You’re an inspiration. We were able to see WW too, and it was good. I didn’t see it as a blockbuster though. I’m too critical. I could tell when they used computer generated images and it spoiled the film a bit. But otherwise, it was good.

  11. I wasn’t sure about watching Wonder Women, but I think you’ve convinced me with your review. I love that you’re doing writing workshops. That’s awesome that you’re inspiring young people.

  12. Stephanie Scott

    How cool that you got to teach writing! I’d like to do that when I feel confident enough 🙂
    And Wonder Woman was so great. I thnk what made her so great was her compassion for people and human suffering. A big contrast from the modern Supeman movie that was all big blow-ups and a broody looking Superman who didnt have the depth of previous superheroes. I don’t care about elaborate CG explosions, I care about the characters behind them.

    • I am like you Stephanie. I don’t care about the action as much as I care about the character and I want them to jump out at me immediately and make me feel something 🙂 Thank you for stopping in today 🙂

  13. Wonder Woman is awesome. ^_^

    I’m the same as you. Started writing when I was 13.

  14. Writing is a great way to deal with confusion. I find that I consider problems from more perspectives and angles just by writing about them.

  15. How fun to get to teach those kids! I’ve thought about doing that at my kids’ schools, but have only taught adults about writing at this point.

    • Hi Shannon. It’s not that far off. I just pick different books to start the workshops but try to teach some of the same activities. Both audiences seem to like writing workshops. I bet you’ll be brilliant at it. 🙂

  16. Woot! I hope your workshop goes off without a hitch! And I agree about Wonder Woman.

  17. Way to go on the first workshop and best wishes with the second! You rock!

  18. You’re teaching flash fiction: good for you! Come join us in our flash fiction blog hope http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/ You’ll love it.

  19. So cool to be working with the teenagers. Get em interested early. Too much writing in school is geared toward passing tests instead of enjoying the creation.

    • I agree Susan. It was hard to hear how I was their first exposure to creative fantasy writing. We had fun though and broke through some brain fog with visual prompts. 🙂

  20. Something that is a lot of work can still be a source of joy and fulfillment. I’m glad writing does that for you! @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

  21. Look at you and your mug – so cute! 🙂

    Congrats on your quick flash fiction workshop.
    I need to do something like this with my grade 8 and 9 learners who live to write. I have some ideas…

  22. (typo alert) … who *love* to write

  23. I loved Wonder Woman too, but I thought she was rather overpowered, at least compared to the character in the comics I read about many years ago.

  24. Anyone who is friends with a writer knows they’ll eventually end up in the story. Well, at least some part of them.

  25. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.
    I like the motivation of why you write.
    Wonder Woman is a good movie.
    Great quote.

  26. Love the quote! It’s quite relevant to me at the moment. A good remind to not just survive.
    And the coffee mug pic is awesome.

  27. Heather M. Gardner

    Great mug with your mug!!
    I’m looking forward to Wonder Woman!
    Thanks for participating!
    Heather M. Gardner

  28. I’ve long come to the belief that the more your write, the more you’ll accidentally learn about yourself and the world around you. Acting as the mirror, not just the reflection, will let you see things more often for what they are then what they claim to be.

  29. Hi Erika,
    Sorry for just getting by. I too live inside my head. My thoughts give me fuel to live and they motivate me. I love your post and especially your quote from Maya Angelou.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G

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