IWSG and Weekly News

It is the first Wednesday of the month once again, which means it’s time for The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The amazing co-hosts for today are: Joylene Nowell Butler, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Meka James, Victoria Marie Lees, and M Louise Barbour!

The optional question this month: When you are working on a story, what inspires you?

That’s a tricky question. Inspiration varies book by book. During my first and third books, I ripped inspiration from the headlines. Those stories are contemporary and situational, and they speak to a “what if” thought process. My second book, on the other hand, is the first in a fantasy series, and as such, immersing myself in books and series that are also somehow fantastical help me feel the necessary swirl of otherworldliness.

Books one and three are why I continue to focus on the weekly news up next. The music—something I actually used for all books—an homage to the rest of my journey. Time for both.

This first story is forcing me to rethink my complete revulsion to rats. Well, a little.


Scientists found a “brain signature“ that leads to multiple psychiatric conditions. Hopefully, it could make a difference for the people who suffer.


I leave you with some inspiring music. 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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10 Responses to IWSG and Weekly News

  1. Snapdragon says:

    Inspiration can come from everywhere. The hardest part is sorting what can be put in to a story.

  2. I don’t know if I can get rid of my rat revulsion. Glad you did. Asking what if is a great way to come up with story ideas.

  3. Thanks for the science links – physical condition inspired my current WIP.
    Rats are wonderful, bright, caring, obedient – at least when I ordered a large Samuel Whiskers out of our garage, I just hated having to do dissection.
    Cockroaches, though, and Komodo dragons… Vile

  4. spunkonastick says:

    That rat was adorable! I used to have rats as pets.

  5. You do like your news!
    Those rats are really big. But it makes sense they would be perfect for sniffing out stuff.

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