IWSG and Weekly News

Hello all! It is Wednesday yet again. Not only is it an everyday Wednesday, but the first Wednesday, which means it’s time for my posting for The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). I’m pleased to be among those co-hosting this month’s posting. Please visit the pages of my fellow co-hosts–Jemi Fraser, L.G Keltner, TyreanMartinson, and Rachna Chhabria!

This month’s optional question is: Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Conner said, “I write to discover what I know.” Authors across time and distance have had many reasons to write. Why do you write what you write?

I write what I write because the characters and what ifs that pop into my brain to begin the writing process refuse to go away until I write them as they grew. I make decisions about tense and secondary characters to further plot, but the foundation is an non-negotiable part of the idea.


Time for some news.

Quite the whale tail.


I cannot even imagine the edge of the Milky Way. Can you? I love science!


I leave you with a song. See you back here in seven.

About kimlajevardi

I am a forty-something-year-old writer. I'm currently drafting my second book. I've also written short stories, poems, and some non-fiction over the last several years. My interest in writing formed during countless hours with my nose tucked in books. I may have even been clutching a novel as I was born. :)
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51 Responses to IWSG and Weekly News

  1. Lidy says:

    Thanks for co-hosting this month!

    I’m the same. Be it characters, a certain scene or a story idea, once it pops into my head I have to write it. If I’m unable to write it right away, I created a document or folder for it to get to later.

    Love Andra Day’s “Rise Up.” Haven’t heard it in a while.

    • kimlajevardi says:

      I also create a folder for pieces of story or character I can’t work on yet. I have to promise them I’ll get to them as well. It’s as if my stories and characters are actually alive.

  2. Nick Wilford says:

    Yep, we have to write, or those characters are going to remain trapped forever. Great answer.

  3. I totally get why you write – some stuff in our heads just has to come out! And, to make space for more thoughts and story ideas, the only way to do that is by writing it all down. Not if non-writers understand this, though. 🙂 Thanks for co-hosting this month.

  4. That news story about the whale tail is stranger than fiction.

  5. melissamaygrove says:

    I visited, but my comment didn’t save. Poo. Thanks for co-hosting.

  6. I think characters in our heads who won’t leave us alone are one of the things that differentiates us as writers. Stubborn little creatures! LOL Thanks for co-hosting.

  7. jenlanebooks says:

    I love that song! True that sometimes writing doesn’t feel like a choice. Thanks for co-hosting!

  8. jenlanebooks says:

    I love that song! True that writing sometimes doesn’t feel like a choice. Thanks for co-hosting.

  9. I love that song! I agree, sometimes writing doesn’t feel like a choice. Thanks for co-hosting!

  10. Arlee Bird says:

    I wish I were more like you and wrote down the stories that persist in my memory. That persistence is usually fleeting and soon passes away if we don’t write something down before it is forgotten. It’s like remembering a dream. Things get lost into the inner recesses of the mind so easily.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  11. Yeah, sometimes the only way to get a story out our head is to write it down.

  12. Jemima Pett says:

    Thanks for co-hosting today. I hope you’ve enjoyed it!

  13. That’s great that your characters and what if’s won’t be quiet until you write them down. Thanks for co-hosting.

  14. Who knew imaginary friends could be so bossy. @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

  15. mlouisebarbourfundyblue says:

    OMG, Kim. The whale tail story was hysterical! It looks like the whale did better than the train. Thanks for co-hosting today. I hope you’ve had fun. Stay safe!

  16. PJ Colando says:

    I, too, saw the picture and story of the runaway train stopped by a statue whale’s tail. I adore this story start and reason to write: “the foundation is a non-negotiable part of the idea.”

  17. Adrienne Reiter says:

    I find the characters climbing out of my head onto the page are actual pieces of me, much like the characters in our dreams represent us in some way. Great post and thank you for co-hosting. Happy IWSG Day!

  18. Those pesky characters…but thank goodness for them so we can write!

  19. I know exactly what you mean. My characters battered away at my skull until I wrote their story, hoping they’d leave me alone! They didn’t.

  20. Jemi Fraser says:

    Agreed! Those core ideas sink in and refuse to let go!

  21. I agree, writing is an obsession. Thanks for co-hosting, Kim!

  22. cleemckenzie says:

    Those pesky characters are everywhere, aren’t they? Glad you’re wrestling their stories onto the page. Thanks for posting the whale tail and train story and for co-hosting today.

  23. cleemckenzie says:

    Those pesky characters are everywhere, aren’t they? Glad you wrestle their stories onto the page. Great whale tail and train story. Thanks for posting that here and thanks for co-hosting today.

  24. Diane Burton says:

    Those pesky characters that won’t leave us alone! Oh, yeah. They invade my sleep and won’t shut up until I give in. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the link to the train and the whale’s tail. Amazing. Thanks for co-hosting this month.

  25. Sometimes it takes months for a story to pop into my brain…LOL.
    Thanks for co-hosting!

  26. I saw that story about the whale tail and the train – what a miracle.
    Thanks for co-hosting today!

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