Insecure Writers Want to Know
Did I ever tell you about the time I slept with all the lights on at night, humming to myself to keep myself awake all night? No? Okay, I’ll tell you now.
It was during the semester of one of my writing seminars at the University of Pennsylvania. I took the From Murder Most Foul to the Explicit Corpse course. I love mysteries. The whodunit. The cerebral puzzle of it all. Agatha Christie, Mary Higgins Clark, or Murder She Wrote. I thought the course would be about cozies. I should have paid better attention to the specific language chosen for the course title.
This course was filled with gritty police procedurals, graphic violence, CSI episodes where they go inside the corpse. And of course, many stories from the master of creepy and scary: Edgar Allan Poe. I believe my aversion to horror stories began with a Poe movie, The Pit and the Pendulum. Does anyone remember the movie with Vincent Price as the lead? I watched it as a child with my family. And yes! I still have occasional nightmares about it.
But back to the semester I took the horror story course by mistake. My sleeplessness lasted the entire semester. Yep! 15 weeks! So, horror and scary stories and I don’t get along. At all! I’m a big chicken. I’ll admit it. That being said, I can’t read, write, or watch horror stories. I prefer creating adventure stories with danger and excitement. No graphic corpses. No grisly ends to people’s lives.
I am lucky, though. My August writing event on character arcs became a true discussion. We shared books we were reading, movies we’ve seen and discussed how the characters grew and changed. Or didn’t. Forrest Gump. He didn’t actually change in the story. Yes, he grew up and did things. But the power of that story is how Gump changed those around him. What do you think? Am I right?
My next in-person Workshop Event will be at the Maple Shade Library in New Jersey. If you are in the area, please stop by. I’d love to meet you. This is a free writing event for participants.
Here are the details:
Thursday, September 15, 2022, at 2 p.m.
“The Poetic Form”
Maple Shade Library
200 Stiles Ave.
Maple Shade, New Jersey 08052
(856) 779-9767, ext. 311
Please register for the event at the Burlington County Library System.
Now I’m off to see how you’ve tackled this month’s question. It’s wonderful having a topic to share our thoughts on each month. I am extremely thankful for all of you for being my sounding board and advisors on this writing and publishing journey.
Thanks for stopping by my little spot on the web. Please come again!
This post was written for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. I’d like to thank our co-hosts for September: Kim Lajevardi, Cathrina Constantine, Natalie Aguirre, Olga Godim, Michelle Wallace, and Louise – Fundy Blue! Please visit them if you can.
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