WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN STORY:
We want stories of cantankerous gods, aging heroes, and the occasional mortal caught up in their shenanigans. Small gods, demigods, and gods that the author made up are all welcome. We love it when a writer takes the ‘normal’ form of a God or Goddess and remakes it for the modern world, or conversely, shows a pantheon that’s refusing to adapt. Sparkling dialogue, well-drawn characters, and most of all a real ending with a twist will make our little editing hearts skip a beat.
These are the stories we want to see in Grumpy Old Gods Volume 5. Be creative with the pantheon. Show us something we haven’t seen before.
We much prefer a hopeful, humorous take on the subject and theme. Make the reader chortle, chuckle, or choke on their tea if they drink it at the wrong time.
Submissions are due December 1st, 2019 with an eye to releasing the anthology late January 2020.
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IWSG October 2nd:
INSECURE WRITER’S SUPPORT GROUP
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OPTIONAL IWSG DAY QUESTION:
It’s been said that the benefits of becoming a writer who does not read is that all your ideas are new and original. Everything you do is an extension of yourself, instead of a mixture of you and another author. On the other hand, how can you expect other people to want your writing, if you don’t enjoy reading? What are your thoughts?
I disagree with the sentiment of the first statement, not that it has been said, but of its truth. Even if they do not read, they do watch movies and TV, and listen to radio. They hear people telling others about their lives and events, which is a type of story form when sharing.
They have had people read to them, generally as children, and you are required to take literature in school with English in US at least. Almost everyone has watched cartoons, so even as a non reader-writer they are influenced by other storytellers to some degree.
Truth is we are all the sum of our environment, genetics, schooling, and choices.
We are unique because that is just life, no two people are carbon copies, not even twins. We all develop unique ideas and ways of perceiving and interpreting the world. Are we similar? Yes. Are some of us more alike than others? Definitely.
I believe the human psyche and human spirit is a miracle in its existence at all. We are all capable of expressing originality no matter our influences or lack of.
The things that might stop us, our jaded outlooks or experience, pessimism, fear in its many forms, doubt, and all the things that writers deal with in the norm, including those we consider original writers, readers or not.
After all they say only YOU can tell YOUR story even if similar and familiar elements exist in it.
On the other hand, how can you expect other people to want your writing, if you don’t enjoy reading? What are your thoughts?
I think it is a rare thing, but possible, that someone who doesn’t enjoy reading to write stories others would want to read.
I believe craft can be learned and it is not all dependent on talent OR having to like that talent if they do have it.
I think if they have the craft expertise from studying story craft, a little story savvy, imagination, and possess some creative aptitude in any form it is possible.
You hear stories all the time about authors writing in genres they hate or distain, and diss their readers for liking it—them to other writers.
Although if they do not enjoy reading why write? You have to read your own work to edit and polish, so do they really not enjoy reading if they write stories?
Getting all the writing done that I need to do, the social stuff and so on. Sometimes I feel overwhelm, so one thing at time I guess.
The next #IWSGPit will be in
January 15, 2020
8:00 am – 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time
Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On January 15, Tweet your pitch. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query.
Many writers have seen their books published from a Twitter pitch – it’s a quick and easy way to put your manuscript in front of publishers and agents.
As you sow so shall you reap. What will your character sow – dragon’s teeth, elven bones, gouged eyes from tormented souls? Or will it be a more mundane series of actions with some awful unforeseen consequences, but without a whiff of a ghost anywhere?
Write a ghost story, or write a mainstream one. Most of our members go with horror or speculative for October. But that’s not written in stone. Nothing rigid about us – we are a culturally diverse mix and we welcome all interpretations.
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