IWSG and Weekly News

Welcome back to another posting of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). If you haven’t already clicked on the image above and gotten whisked away for a virtual tour, what are you waiting for? This month I’m one of the co-hosts along with several wonderful other writers. Give their blogs a visit. Cathrina Constantine, Natalie Aguirre, Olga Godim, Michelle Wallace, and Louise – Fundy Blue!

September 7 question – What genre would be the worst one for you to tackle and why?

That’s an easy one. I’m not a romance writer. Could I tackle small romance elements that are secondary? Yes. But in terms of it being the focus of the story, I’m not your girl. It’s just not of interest to me. I get all squeamish if the book I’m reading begins to focus on a romantic relationship for too long, and I honestly will skip pages if I can. It’s just not my jam. So, I leave it to the talented writers out that who love romance and who write it passionately. That’s what the readers deserve. Now that I’ve been serious for several consecutive minutes, it’s time for some fun. Or, more precisely, some fun news.

This first story needs only two words to express what I felt when I saw it: um … what?


In science news today, I have a gift for all my writer friends. Demon ducks. Do with it what you will. I heart science!

I leave you with a song. Enjoy and I’ll see you 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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60 Responses to IWSG and Weekly News

  1. Emotional support Ali ? He sounds great. No Komodo dragons though… Best friend had a beloved cockerel, truly imprinted on her – boy chicks not wanted, some became reptile food. He wasn’t allowed on the school bus, but would meet her after school. Romance ? Only if totally unromantic, might be classed as a couples ‘adventure

  2. Janet Alcorn says:

    WaPo ran a story recently about another emotional support alligator (also named Wally), and it made my whole week. I’d love an alligator buddy, but since I live in Arizona, maybe I should go for a Gila monster instead 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the song – I hadn’t heard it, and it’s great.

  3. I don’t mind reading romance, but I just can’t write it.

  4. Jemima Pett says:

    Demon Ducks! I love it. Thanks for co-hosting this month – I’ve been away on holiday, so only just back to comments 🙂

  5. OMG. A support gator. Never saw that one coming:)

  6. Loni Townsend says:

    Yeah, I’m no good with romance either. It surprises me, though, how many people say romance. It seems like a popular genre with a lot of writers in it, yet most of the posts I visited have named romance as the answer to the question.

  7. I had the same answer as you. I’m not a romance writer.

  8. Damyanti Biswas says:

    I am okay with writing bits of romance to enhance my character if needed, but I can’t write it as a genre in itself. Not my cup of tea! Thank you for co-hosting, Kim 😀

  9. Toi Thomas says:

    Thanks for co-hosting this month. It’s a crazy world out there. People get comfort where they can, I guess. Thanks for the song.

  10. Emotional support alligator? LOL! Good song. Seems like many writers here aren’t romance fans. 🙂

  11. I struggle with writing romance, too, but I keep trying bits of it.

  12. S.E. White says:

    I really could use a demon duck, preferably as my emotional support animal. But I suppose an alligator would do. Biting the ankles of my enemies, along with strangers who are acting a bit annoying, absolutely counts as emotional support. Thanks so much for co-hosting this month!

  13. I enjoy reading romance, and there are romance elements in a lot of my work, but I don’t quite see myself tackling a straight-up romance either. @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

  14. mlouisebarbourfundyblue says:

    I’m with you on writing romance, Kim! I enjoy reading it sometimes, especially great books like the “Outlander Series.” And I so enjoyed your fun news links. An alligator as an emotional support animal ~ Ah, no, give me a sweet dog for support please. And the Demon Bird post was fascinating. Made sense too. Have a good one!

  15. diedre says:

    A support-alligator? The things people do for attention. Romance can be a good condiment for a great story. It’s just not my kind of meal 😉
    Enjoyed the video, and powerful song. Thanks for co-hosting!

  16. Demon ducks! I needed that today. I can’t do the happily ever after of the romance genre, so I’m trying my hand at the love story genre, instead. A touch of sadness at the end can be much more realistic. We’ll see how it goes.

  17. Beth Camp says:

    What! A pet alligator???? Like we need more drama? I think I’d rather try to write romance than pet an alligator. Really funny — as are those demon ducks. Congrats on making a commitment to posting weekly and for this month’s hosting. I agree with you that all writing has some element of romance, even if the main character is in love with the quest. I also appreciate Charity’s comment about the heroine’s journey . . . something new to look up. Have a great writing month!

  18. J.Q. Rose says:

    Say wha-a-a-t? That’s my 2 words for the alligator story. I’d love to meet this family! sheesh…maybe not. Great video–love the dramatic setting. Romance is hard to write. Don’t feel bad. I can’t write dark scenes. Thanks for co-hosting!!

  19. What an interesting collection of information that caught your attention. Each of them really is intriguing!

  20. Olga Godim says:

    An alligator – really? That story made me smile.
    I love reading romance, but writing it is another matter. I tried once. My single romance novella is doing well on wattpad (69K readers at last count), but I can’t force myself to write a sequel, even though I want to. My writing tends towards speculative fiction. The less reality the better.

  21. L. Diane Wolfe says:

    You have to write what you’re passionate about.

    Demon ducks. Never heard of them!

  22. Arlee Bird says:

    I’m finding myself in a lot of good company regarding writing romance. It’s something I’ve never been able to write convincingly.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  23. I’m too dark for happy endings. My intimate scenes are cringy at best. Kudos to those who can pull off Romance. Thank you for co-hosting!

  24. I like romantic elements in books, but writing a true romance novel, I don’t think I’d entertain that notion.
    Thanks for co-hosting!

  25. patgarcia says:

    Not everyone can write romance and that is a good thing.
    Thank you for co-hosting.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  26. I couldn’t write romance either, but then I’m not romantic. The thought makes me gag. And yes, the song is beautiful. Thanks for co-hosting, Kim.

  27. That alligator will be emotional support right up until he eats her.
    I’m not doing romance either.
    Thanks for co-hosting today!

  28. I remember when I thought I’d never write romance, but then I did. Of course, my style of romance drifts slightly toward women’s fiction and I don’t write intimate scenes. Actually, now that I’ve learned about the heroine’s journey (instead of the hero’s journey) I think that’s what I’m really doing. It’s still weird to write a contemporary style more than my science fiction though.

    Thanks for sharing the fun news and song!

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