#IWSG Surprise, surprise!

This article is for Alex J. Cavanaugh’s The Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The goal of the support group is to share doubts and concerns, and reassure other writers who have struggled by offering assistance and guidance.

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day where we post our thoughts on doubts and the fears and how we triumphed. There are other authorls listed who share their writing journey and I encourage you to visit their amazing blogs.

Here’s this month’s question:
Has any of your readers ever responded to your writing in a way that you didn’t expect? If so, did it surprise you?

I did think long and hard about this question, hence the delay in posting the article. One nice surprise is how readers understood the message in my story, which they wrote about in their review. It’s rewarding to see readers grasp what you are trying to convey, and confirms you are on the right track with your story. The other surprise, is the reaction to my characters. I’ve had reviews where the readers didn’t like my main characters to start with but by the end of the story sympathised with them. It was interesting to read how strong their reactions were. Not so different to how we all react to people in our lives.

Thank you to our co-hosts for the May 5 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, PJ Colando, Tonja Drecker, Sadira Stoneand Cathrina Constantine!

Twitter @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG
What surprises have your experienced that altered your point of view? And what impact did it have on you?
Thank you for your continued support and as always, I look forward to your comments and will respond.

Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, burnt out but not done… yet.


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  1. Jacqui Murray

    I think that didn’t-like-them-at-first-and-then-did reaction to characters is powerful. I’ve had that myself with some books (not yours). It makes me like the story more than ever.

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    • cav12

      It was interesting to read the feedback on my characters. I didn’t quite set out for them to have unlikeable personalities. Maybe it’s my alter ego coming through 😉

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      • Jacqui Murray

        I think strong, powerful, confident in one’s opinions–like some of your characters–is bound to find naysayers. I don’t care if someone is sure of a wrong opinion as long as their core is moral.

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