Writing Choices Coincide With Dreams #IWSG #AmWriting

[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

Thank you to our awesome co-hosts this month: Jemi Fraser, Kim Lajevardi, L.G Keltner, Tyrean Martinson, and Rachna Chhabria!

 Check out our IWSG homepage for recent news and events.  And as always, thank you to founder Alex J. Cavaugh 🙂 

***Quote about dreams


I wanted to be a teacher once. Not right away. At 9 I wanted to a singer, then a zoologist until I learned I was allergic to most animals. After that I wanted to be a game warden, then a dietician, then a landscape architect, and I ended up in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design. 

I think the path to become a teacher was never straight or clear. But my writing genre has–Young Adult.  I guess maybe it’s because I’ve always been a kid at heart. I’ve made lots of crazy choices and I DO STILL LOVE to help young people with their dreams. I’ve tried to help them learn to make better choices from my mistakes. 

A long answer to this month’s question, but the true answer. 

So what is this month’s question? “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Conner said, “I write to discover what I know.” Authors across time and distance have had many reasons to write. Why do you write what you write?

The world is more difficult than ever. My writing tends to reflect teens forced to grow up too fast and face difficult choices in magical worlds. Magic makes these choices seem less scary, yet they still feel very real. 

I love this month’s question. Why do you write your genre? 

Happy IWSG Day 🙂


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 November 4, 2020, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Jennifer Lee Hawes

    I have always loved the intrigue of a good mystery. Love writing in that genre! Maybe it’s a safe haven for me. Mysteries will always remind me of my childhood.

  2. That’s what fantasy is for – giving people a safe place to deal with issues.
    You wanted to be a lot of things when you were young!

  3. “I’ve tried to help them learn to make better choices from my mistakes.”

    I think that’s a fantastic goal! There are so many lessons I’ve learned from books. It really is a way of drawing upon the life experiences of other people.

  4. That’s a great answer. I love to write MG & YA fantasy and to read in those genres. I love exploring personal issues in the context of bigger ones that are involved in fantasy stories.

  5. Love your choices and your journey. I once wanted to be an actress and ended up being a computer programmer. Eh, bit different there. I love that you help make choices less scary.

  6. We are often, suddenly, required to grow up too fast. I think it’s good that your writing reflects and I’m sure it will help your future readers navigate the changes in their own lives – because that’s what good fiction does. And you are a good writer.

  7. Giving readers a safe place to explore scary events is a great reason to write fantasy.

    I have no idea how my first response turned into a link to your blog!

  8. Kimberly Lajevardi

    Young readers need magic almost as much as the adult writers who write the books. 🙂

  9. I tend to let my heart guide me when it comes to writing. Most of the time I write then figure out what genre it’s closest to. I’ve always been a bit a$$ backwards. 😉

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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