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#IWSG – Why I Love #Fantasy

For those who don’t know, the Insecure Writers Support Group is open to all writers to share their fears, doubts, and concerns, as well as your triumphs. So if you have something to share, visit the link at the end of this post!


A Confession…

Other than the short story I wrote for 12 Short Stories, I haven’t written anything this month. Well, that and blog posts. But am I worried? Okay, yeah, I kinda am…I’ve tried everything to motivate myself, so this week I’m trying good old fashioned just-get-out-of-your-head-and-do-it tactics. I have another short story to work on this week, then I’m going to finish up Book 1 of A God’s Deception and start on Book 2. There’s only a couple of chapters left to write in the first book. 😀

The good news is, if I just get to writing, I can have the first drafts of Books 2 & 3 done by the end of this month. Of course, my first drafts are absolutely horrendous and need lots of work. I think the fleshing out part of writing takes longer than writing the first draft, but somehow it’s more fun for me too.

This months question…

What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

I’ve loved fantasy for as long as I can remember. Its been so long, I can’t even remember what got me hooked.

I love that it transports you to new worlds that only exist in your (or someone else’s) imagination. It takes me away from the everyday craziness of this world. Sometimes it even makes my problems seem a lot smaller. I mean, I’d rather deal with my issues than being on the run for my life.

I love the magic and how anything is possible. You can make it as real or as fantastical as you want, and it doesn’t matter because it’s your world.

Mostly I love that it helps me maintain my sanity. I have a very overactive imagination, and fantasy worlds are the best outlet for that. If I spend too much time not writing (like lately), I can’t sleep, my brain won’t shut off, and I get really depressed. The only way to fix it is to write. So that’s what I do.

What’s your favorite genre to write and/or read and why?


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6 Comments

  1. Victoria Marie Lees Victoria Marie Lees
    13 February, 2018    

    Hello, Renee! This is my first time visiting your blog. I’ll follow it and connect with you online. Bravo to you for joining and writing posts for two different groups. Making the commitment will keep you writing as everyone says. It’s true. I’m a big chicken and can’t read horror. More power to those who can not only read it and not have nightmares, but also write it! All the best in 2018!

    • 13 February, 2018    

      Hi Victoria! Thanks for stopping by. 😀

      I have nightmares when I read horror as well. It’s really weird. My stories aren’t so much horror as much as they are at times creepy and dark on a psychological level. That can be just as bad at times though. LOL

  2. 10 February, 2018    

    You said, “I love that it transports you to new worlds that only exist in your (or someone else’s) imagination. It takes me away from the everyday craziness of this world. Sometimes it even makes my problems seem a lot smaller. I mean, I’d rather deal with my issues than being on the run for my life. … I love the magic and how anything is possible.” I couldn’t agree more! I love the endless possibilities, the way we can explore myth and magic and the intersection of the everyday with the supernatural/paranormal/magical. I feel so blessed to be writing fantasy, and I’m glad to hear from someone who feels the same way!

    • 10 February, 2018    

      Yeah, it’s sad because I know people who want to write, but they either think they’re not good enough or they have too many people telling them its a waste of time. I had that too, but I’m glad I didn’t listen. It’s definitely not a waste of my time. 😀

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. 7 February, 2018    

    That is one of the best things about writing in a genre that you love. It helps you maintain your sanity. As for not writing and falling into a small hole, it is good to see you wrote an article for the IWSG. Meeting the IWSG deadline every month motivates us to keep writing.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

    • 10 February, 2018    

      Yeah, I try to keep up with my blog posting even when I’m not working on my novels and short stories. I also joined 12 Short Storie this year (hosted by Writers Write) to help keep me motivated. I wrote my first one last month and decided I’m going to make the next 11 sequels to that one (since some people expressed an interest in reading more of the story). I’m posting them on my blog too so that potential readers have something free to read. I might post them on Wattpad as well.

      Thanks so much for stopping by! 😀

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