We Write By Influence #AmWriting #IWSG

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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

Wilma Rudolph Quote on Influence

Happy IWSG Day!

Thank you to the cohosts for the month of February: Joylene Nowell Butler, Jacqui Murray, Sandra Cox, and Lee Lowery!

Thank you to you, and thank you to the wonderful cohosts who are spreading the writing love this month.

I don’t know about you, but I barely snuck this post in today, feeling like I’m living a constant three ring circus. I wouldn’t have it any other way though.

Writing Updates

I’m still fine tuning the final turning point in my story. I’m keeping my fingers crossed my editor feels like I finally answered all her character questions and making the emotion feel real to human nature, a buoyancy between hesitance and trust. Especially when the information discovered is deep in the past, slightly creepy and surfacing it may create a sudden sense of heightened danger. I’m liking the changes.

Thanking My Influencers

Influencers come into our lives for many different reasons. Maybe it’s a job switch and a mentor who knows how to show you where to start. Maybe it’s a teacher who read a poem and thought you had a special gift with wordsmithing and imagery. For me, I’ve had many influencers and I’m so grateful for each one.

Today, I want to say thank you to two of them who are still very much around: Mrs. Lafoy a current Western Romance Writer, my sophomore high school history teacher, and the woman I should have listened to when she said, “Go to college. Get a degree in teaching and history, and then write.” I swear so told me I had so many stories to share with the world.

And Raimey Gallant, I met her through our writer’s group. She has come in and out of many of my posts and every word she’s ever said in encouragement has really meant something big to me. She connected me with my current editor, and sometimes  that’s not always easy to find. A person who challenges you, who allows you to grow in your own way, because I really think we part of a giant garden and each one of us grows a little different.

Final Words

So thank you. Thank you to all the writer’s out there who wake up and try every day. I’m still trying too 🙂

Happy IWSG Day, all.

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 February 2, 2022, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. What lovely sentiments. I’m glad your support group is alive and thriving.

  2. I had a high school teacher who read some of my work and then had a serious conversation with me about pursuing writing. We were lucky to have teachers like that in our lives.

  3. I know Raimey! Glad you had such great influences.

  4. It’s great to see the impact so many people have on the lives of others!

  5. So glad Raimy and your teach supported you so much. Hope your editor likes your ending.

  6. How exciting to be getting those edits done and like what’s happening in your story. Good editors are essential.

  7. Love the quote. The power of dreams is hard to overestimate. It drives us.
    There is a novella by a Russian writer Alexander Grin, Scarlet Sales. The book was written in the 1920s and it is still very popular in Russia. It is a lovely and quiet fantasy. There is no magic there, no battles or quests, just the dreams and their power to change the world. I love the story so much, I translated it into English and put it on my wattpad page, to share it with the English-speaking readers. As far as I can tell, the wattpad community love it. It has over a thousand ‘reads’ and many ‘likes’.

  8. Steven Arellano Rose

    Writing characters can be really hard sometimes and so it helps to have an editor for it. Right now I rely on my critique group for that and its helped a lot, although it seems like it takes several rounds of critique to get characterization right. But then again, we’re dealing with a person’s full life and background in a way, only it’s fictional (in my case at least).

  9. Thanks for co-hosting this month.
    Glad to hear you are making progress with your edits and characters.
    Glad you’ve found some good mentors.

  10. I could have been happy as a history teacher. I love history! Museums are more fun for me than an amusement park. I’ll have to check out your writer inspiration’s stories. I love westerns .

  11. Thank you for sharing your influences. I’ve always had a lovely interactions with Raimey as well.

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