#IWSG – Creative Evolution

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I’m snatching a few precious minutes from doing NaNoWriMo to write this  Insecure Writer’s Support Group monthly blog post – and hoping to resume normal service next month.

November 7 question – How has your creativity in life evolved since you began writing?

From’ Purple to Deep’ was my placeholder/headline/reminder for my writing evolution

Purple Phase – when I began scribbling with intent, in my teens, I revelled in writing long descriptive passages, resulting in long paragraphs that were meant to be ‘Tolkienesque’. My creative writing teacher, the late Roger Woddis, classed most of my writing as ‘purple prose’ without Tolkien’s mastery of language.

I still have a few of those fantasy/sci-fi attempts and I can see the dire ‘purple prose’ and where I learned to curb my excesses – I have one short on which Roger has commented that I’m learning.


Over the decades, I like to believe that I kept improving. Attempting haiku and senryu helped, writing short pieces as a journalist added restraints, and eventually I was published – once. From there, I’m trying harder with online guidance and support – like IWSG.

Deep Determination – as I focus on my Snowdon Shadows series, I am learning how to use Deep POV. The voice of my MC requires tighter sentences, and Deep POV disciplines me to make every word count. Lisa Hall-Wilson’s Method Acting for Writers is now my guide.

Is my writing any better? Ask my beta-readers – or watch this space.




The awesome co-hosts for the November 7 posting of the IWSG are Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Ann V. Friend, JQ Rose, and Elizabeth Seckman!

Purpose of IWSG: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting! 

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG



22 thoughts on “#IWSG – Creative Evolution

  1. Sounds like you’ve found what works best for you with deep POV. I’m impressed that you’ve tried haiku (very difficult, IMO). Now that’s writing tight. Best wishes.

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    • Thanks, Toi. I’m attempting to escape from my NaNo shell when I can – like today. As for Deep POV, it is tricky, and I find that I struggle if I get distracted – so, it has to take a ‘back seat’ this month.


  2. I tend to fall into the purple prose trap myself. It’s just so much fun to write like that! But my friend recently asked me to read my current WIP to him aloud, and by the end of the first sentence I knew I had a problem.

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    • That’s so true, Alex – writers have been attempting to copy ‘contemporaries’ for centuries – like artists. But we need to find our own style eventually…even if some don’t and mass mimic.


  3. I believe we always improve as we continue writing, Roland. And bravo to you for having a plan and a guide [method acting book] to help with your Snowdon series. All the luck, sir. You can do this. Love the picture with the pup!

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  4. I love descriptive prose, but in today’s market there is just no time to read for the love of just reading. It’s all about pace, plot, and instant gratification. Word economy is really important, BUT I feel one can still have beautiful prose with economy of words: it’s a delicate balance.

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  5. I think it’s tempting for many beginners to “ramble on” – trying to write a lot of words without saying a lot. It was for me! I also trained as a journalist, and that does help because you’re constantly told to cut things down. Your teacher sounds like a wise man.

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    • Roger Woddis was a wise man, so the creative world lost a great man when he died. But his legacy is in some excellent poetry and other work – and I suppose in the hands and pens of all his students.


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