Smile. Scream. Fight for Your Dreams #IWSG #AmWriting #JoyTrain

[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 Co-Hosts feature other fabulous writing friends: J.H. Moncrieff, Natalie Aguirre, Patsy Collins, and Chemist Ken!

Check out our IWSG homepage.  And as always, thank you to founder Alex J. Cavaugh 🙂 



When I was little, I remember this awesome birthday party at my best friend’s house. Sunset distorted long shadows along the grass, along the sides of the brick duplexes, and the car I hid behind, as I waited quietly, heart pounding ferociously. We were playing a game of hide and seek. With glow sticks. I was the last girl standing. I remember running down the long street, passing shiny cars and trying not to look back. I remember every single girl at that party chasing me.

I screamed.

I smiled.

I still screamed until my legs gave out.

This month’s IWSG question asks: If you could use a wish to help you write just one scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be?

I’m sort of writing a scene just like it in my book, only my characters are on a wild goose chase at the mercy of a homeless old man who doesn’t give information away for free. Lessons are always taught.

If I had one wish to make this scene perfect, I’d blink myself to the location. A real star trek moment. I’ve been to the real location. It’s been awhile though. I’d like to go again if only for a  weekend, but flights aren’t cheap, hotel stays aren’t free and it’s my busy time of year at work.

What’s a girl to do?

Thank goodness I have google maps. Thank goodness I have YouTube. I’ll hopefully get down to Texas this fall.

I’ve got my fingers crossed.

What about you?

What’s you one fast dream that could make one moment today, this week go just right?

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 April 3, 2019, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Hope you get down to Texas this fall. I’m planning to visit there sometime this year, not for a scene, but to visit my in-laws. You’re right though. At least you have google and YouTube for now. And thanks for the inspiring quote.

  2. Google Maps is a life-saver sometimes.

  3. I love that–blink your way there. Yes! I have felt the same way so often in my story.

  4. Magic is everywhere. I’d find it in a little plant growing in a crack of a city sidewalk. Hmmm, or is that nature. Feels the same though. 😉

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  5. I was right there with you hiding from the other hide-n-seek players, heart-pounding excitement. Yes, it would be magic to return in the blink of an eye. But then again, virtually visiting the location via cyberspace seems magical to me. Who even envisions having that capability? For that matter, who invented the camera to take pictures and movies and….??? Best wishes with your writing project!
    JQ Rose

  6. Loni Townsend

    I’d say that’s a great use of a wish!

  7. Believe in your dreams – right! We should all believe in our dreams, because nobody else will if we don’t. Great quote!

  8. Jennifer Lee Hawes

    A wish to travel. Hmm. That sounds awesome!! I’m hoping to visit Chicago again in a few weeks. Love that city!

  9. I’m with Jon Bon Jovi, but I already believe in Santa Claus, so I’ll just have to work on those others.

  10. Michelle Wallace

    I love your star-trek-moment wish!
    Makes me think of Roald Dahl’s words: Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

  11. What a charming memory! And so great that it’s the seed for a scene in your WIP. If you get back to the location, it will be interesting to see how it lines up with your recollection.

  12. The miracle of the technology of Internet! There are so many multimedia sources for researching your story”s setting and VR will probably enhance these resources more yet!

  13. Ooh. Speaking of Star Trek, I’d love myself a holodeck! I’d upload all my favorite books and find a better way to edit my books. LOL!

  14. Ronel Janse van Vuuren

    Sounds like an amazing childhood memory 🙂

    There’s Only One C…

  15. tyreanmartinson

    That’s an awesome childhood memory. I love the vividness in the details. I hope you have your Star Trek, right place moment soon!

  16. I just visited Texas (Austin) for the first time a couple of weeks ago. It was amazing, but probably mostly because I was with a good friend who just moved there. Staying home and using our imaginations for our stories works just as well, I think. 🙂 Love the Jon Bon Jovi quote!

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