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04/05/17 – IWSG

  • Posted on April 12, 2017 at 10:04 am

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting! Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG

 

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

Remember, the question is optional!

The awesome co-hosts for the April 5 posting of the IWSG will be Chris @ Madness of a Modern Writer, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Fundy Blue, and Chrys Fey!

The Question for April IWSG is this: 

Have you taken advantage of the annual A to Z Challenge in terms of marketing, networking, publicity for your book? What were the results?

The answer here is pretty simple, No I’ve never used it to market a book. I have, however, used it to market my blog, which in turn will later market my book. So it’s not quite the same thing, but it is a way to grow my platform. Speaking of, CHECK OUT ALL OF MY A-to-Z POSTS ON THIS PAGE. Most of the links won’t work until the appointed day of posting, so check back regularly, or better yet, sign up to receive updates in your inbox.

Recently I learned about something called CPConnect, which stands for Critique Partner Connect. It’s run by Kim Chance, a wonderful authoress who happens to run a great youtube channel too! Check it out, it has great tutorials and ideas. 

CP Connect is going to be a blogpost where people looking for critique partners can post a comment about their project and meet up with some possible CPs. It’s a great opportunity to not only meet fellow authors, but to possibly make permanent friendships!

Why is a Critique Partner so important? Why is it important to have two or three of them? Well, because everyone should have someone that they can go to and be like, “Yo, is this working?” and have them say, “Nah, man. Try this instead.” When you take into account how valuable having someone else’s opinion on your story is, you really can’t go wrong.

So come on, join me in this new program, and join us at #CPConnect. 

 

 

I – Ibara no Ou (King of Thorns)

  • Posted on April 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm

The japanese word for thorns is Ibara, and in this case, thorns are a deadly enemy. A story about how humanity deals with a mysterious disease turns into a horrific survival horror, and I was rivetted the entire time. A movie, instead of a series, I personally think this narrative is one of the twisty-turniest I’ve ever seen or read.

Why I recommend it to writers: if you want to write any kind of suspense or horror, Ibara no Ou is a great resource for both. It shows a mastery of psychology that I greatly enjoy.

Warnings: Death, Dismemberment, tons of imagery that might be displeasing.

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H – Horo Musuko (Wandering Son)

  • Posted on April 10, 2017 at 1:35 pm

If you have trouble writing a diverse cast, or relating to transgender characters then Horo Musuko is for you. This story is the adorable, calming tale of a young girl’s transition from DMAB (Defined Male at Birth) to her true self.

Why I recommend it for writers: The slice-of-life genre can be very healing, and every writer I know is extremely stressed. Not only that, but it will help with diversity in your writing to see a different perspective.

Warning: This is just one experience with the transgender condition. Please do not assume all transgender individuals have the same process. Also, lots of misgendering of main characters. Lots of it.

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G – Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (Suisei no Gargantia)

  • Posted on April 8, 2017 at 1:09 pm

If this were a top ten list, Garantia on the Verdurous Planet would be in the top three. This beautiful tale of human nature makes me tear up every time I watch it. I can’t imagine a more poignant combination of a coming of age story and speculation over the meaning of human life.

Why I recommend it for writers: Between the deep existential themes and the amazing characterisation, this is a beautiful example of world-creation done right.

Warning: Major Character Death, and lots of Gore. Also, if you’re squeamish about tentacles or squid, this probably isn’t the anime for you.

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F – Fractale

  • Posted on April 7, 2017 at 1:48 pm

Sometimes a story gets ahold of you, and then falls flat. Sometimes it’s the world that gets you. In this case, for the anime Fractale, that’s what got me. A sincere and adorably well-animated story.

Why I reccomend it for writers: The world of Fractale is carefully planned, and unique in a way I’ve never seen before. The introduction of Doppels isolates the main character in an interesting way, and the villains of the story have interesting motives. Please watch this story with the world building in mind, rather than the story.

Warning: None, as far as I know. This series is pretty safe.

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E – Ergo Proxy

  • Posted on April 6, 2017 at 1:29 pm

In the fifth day of our twenty-six-day journey, I come to a great classic of the anime world, Ergo Proxy. A dazzling Science Fiction tale, Ergo Proxy digs deep into psychology, film noir, and mindscrews. One of the best parts of this series is that it follows two protagonists, Re-L and Vincent Law. Between the two of them, we explore the rich world and slowly put together the dark, deep well of that world. 

Why I recommend it for writers: The solid narrative, as well as the absolutely masterful use of unreliable narrators just tickles me.

Warnings: Murders. Lots of murders.

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D – Death Parade

  • Posted on April 5, 2017 at 5:50 pm

The illustrious D in our list is not Vampire Hunter D, as one might think, but a newer series called Death Parade!

There’s just something about this loving romp through games and challenges to face the trials of life and death.

Why I recommend it for Writers: The final reveal. Honestly, I didn’t see it coming, and the fact that there was foreshadowing before hand made my day. Please, watch this show and apply techniques from it to your own stories. My favorite story was the married couple from the first episode. The bowling episode is adorable too.

Warnings: Death, Gore, maiming.

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C – C (C Control)

  • Posted on April 4, 2017 at 5:32 pm

C is the name of our third anime, although in english it was translated to C- Control. This anime is the best combination of Digimon-esque monster fights and economics. The main character is dragged into a shady world of Assets and Entrepreneurs, where he has the chance to earn massive profits if he’s willing to put up Collateral.

Why I recommend it to writers: The slow reveal of the plot over the course of the episodes shows a good definition of pacing. Not only that, but the final reveal as to what the Assets and Entres really are is a brilliant piece of imagining. This series shows that you can have the weirdest passion (in this case, economics) and still turn it into something worth watching.

Warnings: This one is actually pretty safe.

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B – Berserk

  • Posted on April 3, 2017 at 5:19 pm

The next letter on our list is B, which in this case stands for Berserk. A dark fantasy series, this series focuses on main character Guts, and his bloody path to salvation and vengeance. I would recommend the old version, rather than the new remake, if only for the quality of animation.

Why Writers should watch it: Between the badass villain and the main character, this show is a wonderful combination of characterisation and dark gore. The reason I recommend it to writers, however, is because, in the flashback arc, there is a lovely fall-to-darkness by a main character that the best writers should attempt to emulate.

Warnings: nudity, rape, gore, torture.

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A – Abenobashi mahou Shoutengai

  • Posted on April 1, 2017 at 11:05 am

To start off the A to Z blogging challenge, we’ll be reviewing 26 anime that I think every writer should  watch to better their own craft.

 Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai (or Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, for those of us who speak English.) is a comedic romp through alternate universes, starring a young boy and girl. The story begins in summer, and the entirety of it is a character exploration of the main character.

 Why Writers should watch this show:  The sheer amount of plot that goes into this story is amazing. Watch it multiple times, and each time you’ll see some new bit of foreshadowing, some new plot point that you didn’t know in the first viewing.

Warnings:  Fanservice, Multiple universes, String theory, Preteen crushes, and adorable hijinks.

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