Tuesday, August 2, 2022

#IWSG Original Story - Plus News about #WriteClubDFW and #AtoZChallenge

Shout-out to Alex and the awesome co-hosts for today:

Tara Tyler, Lisa Buie Collard, Loni Townsend, and Lee Lowery!

Aug 3 question -

When you set out to write a story, do you try to be more original or do you try to give readers what they want?

And I have been rejected by dozens of agents because of it. Which is one reason I self-publish.
I've found a few accomplished writers in the speculative fiction world who have read parts or all of certain stories I have (mostly Fractions of Existence), and agreed that it is unique and unlike most other Speculative Fiction or Urban Fantasy novels out there.

Part of why it's killing me that WriteClub2022 was canceled is that I actually entered this year. 

I have a story of Royce, a 21-year-old Incanter who isn't using his magic because it has been predicted he'd destroy millions of lives. Not using magic makes him an outcast. As he's dying, he considers magic, and it not only brings him back to life but sets him on the path of destruction. The real question becomes, in a male-only country that's mostly eradicated diversity, is destruction evil or heroic? 

He learns that his persecuted father worked for the department that handles artificial insemination. There are women in the world, but they're kept in pods in a permanent vegetative state. His father's true crime was waking a woman, learning magic from her, and creating a child without permission. Royce's magic would wake them all, and absolutely destroy the lives of their captors.

Does that sound interesting?
Have you read something similar? 
Is that story something original or something you, as a reader, would want?

#WEP is coming later this month. https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2022/08/wep-august-2022-challenge-moonlight.html
But for the Moonlight Sonata prompt, I have something special planned. An origin story of sorts. The inspiration came due to last month's #IWSG posts. I realized that several people wish they could live in a fictional world where I am a villain. That's an ideal world for some people. A world where killing me would be both legal and encouraged. (Obviously, not everyone picked such worlds. Lots of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings fans out there.) Eh, that's just how it goes. A little story about two parents fleeing from the world to birth a baby safely is coming later this month.

Please also visit: The Insecure Writer's Support Group Book Club on Goodreads.

@JLenniDorner Vocabulary award Woo! Celebrating myself.

Tune in later this year to find out if I'm still legally married.
"Respect for Marriage Act will enshrine and protect marriage equality and make sure legal, same-sex and interracial marriages are recognized."
My spouse isn't a Native American. 
🤔 Err... my person to which I share my life and devote my highest love isn't a Native American.        

https://twitter.com/DL_H/status/1554084086830039040 "Due to a profound lack of interest...there will be no WRiTE CLUB contest this year. #WRiTECLUBDFW" https://www.dlhammons.com/2022/08/write-club-pulling-plug.html
I was really hoping to get in this year. I wanted the raw feedback on my latest project. It's hard to imagine, with the success of so many winners, that not enough people entered this year.

bout of books 35 imageboutofbooks.blogspot.com I'm participating in #BoutOfBooks 35 starting August 15. The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple.

The A to Z team is hoping for feedback about our possible new graphics. Things are happening at http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com, so please take a moment to check out the latest posts.

Check out Operation Awesome on Thursday, please. We have a question for writers! operationawesome6.blogspot.com/


  1. I saw he'd cancelled it. Bummer. Sorry we won't get to read and judge your piece.

    1. Thanks. Did it sound interesting based on the description?

  2. Sorry that WriteClub2022 got canceled. And yes, your story sounds interesting from reading your blurb.

  3. That's disappointing about the WriteClub2022. Your story sounds interesting, thought-provoking, and downright dark (I like dark). I hope another opportunity comes along for it.

  4. Hi,
    Your story premise engaged me and yes, I would have taken a chance and would have read it. If I were you, I would write the manuscript anyway. You never know what other doors will open.
    All the best.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  5. Stopping by from AtoZ Road Trip 2022. I think your idea sounds good, I am not much of a sci-fi reader, do read some fantasy but it has to be right, so can't say if I would get drawn in or not, but the premise does sound interesting.

  6. truly original is hard to pull off. I do like the premise.

  7. Shame about WriteClub2022. Your story definitely sounds original. I'm a big fan of dystopian fiction that makes me think, but the addition of magic appeals to me even more.

  8. I like the story idea! I'm doing bout of books, too :-)

  9. Yes, definitely prefer original. Looking forward to reading your post for WEP.

    Re the A-Z, it's not that the graphics aren't good, they are. It's just that I am too old-school and/or too hooked to Jeremy's badges to be able to accept any radically different replacements just yet. If it were up to me, I'd prefer his old badges repurposed and continue with that.

  10. I like that story idea. I'm always interested in new takes on magic. My friend Breanna's book, Lord of Secrets, introduces a really unusual take on magic.

  11. I've come to the opinion that nothing in the world is *truly* original anymore. Whatever idea you have, there will be something similar, or it will have sources or tropes that people will find familiar. Where it counts is how you fit it all together into something that feels new or hasn't quite been explored before.
    That said, your story idea is very intriguing!

  12. Definitely an interesting premise for your story. Hope you find a new home for it.

    J, I haven't kept up with the US news after Roe vs Wade so hadn't seen this. I hope that good sense prevails.

    I'm afraid the new A-Z graphics don't grab me, there's no zing. I am excited about the prospect of a second challenge though :)

    Debs posting today from Fiction Can Be Fun
    Normally found at Debs Despatches


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