Monday, October 1, 2012

What's Your Monster?

It's October and the theme almost writes itself.

 Monsters, big and small.

Many of the monsters I talk about this month will be traditional creepsters in writing guise. Writers all struggle with demons.

A fact well-evidence by the success of my blogger friend Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group.

I enjoy reading about other writer's insecurities. There's something sweater-in-autumn cozy about the reassurance of knowing you're not alone. All those other writers, slogging away at their keyboard, late at night, during the day or in the quiet hours of pre-dawn, experience the same doubts.There are ups followed by downs, followed by hills and brief valleys. It's cyclical, almost as predictable as the seasons.

So this is my month of creepy-crawlies, both writerly and not so much. Instead of a once a month Insecure Writer's Support Group post it will be a full on blitz. I'm getting ready to purge my demons, expose them to their core. Maybe with enough sunlight, they'll shrivel up and blow away.

Or maybe I'll discover some new ones.

Which might not be an entirely bad thing. Because, honestly, who wants an angst-free, Pollyanna sunshine writer who produces happy pamphlets of joy.

Well, maybe there's a place for that. One thing I've learned as a writer is there are as many kinds of stories as there are people.

Personally, I like my stories to veer toward things dark and creeping with a side of spiders and a dash of vampire. But we'll talk about that later, after all, we have all month.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Looking forward to a month of creepiness!
And thanks for mentioning the IWSG.

jenny milchman said...

Without the creepy-crawlies, whatever would we write??? :)

Angela Cothran said...

Count me in :) I've got enough monsters to fill a few books.

Carol Kilgore said...

Ooh, I'm gonna love reading these posts. I have lots of monsters already. I'm probably gonna have more now.

Barbara Watson said...

Great October theme! And I love how it relates so well to writing. The IWSG is awesome.

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Oh man, I was just thinking this morning I'm just as messy as my characters (if not messier).

Bring on the creep. :D
~ Wendy

Emily R. King said...

Ick. Spiders and vampires. Is there anything scarier? I look forward to your posts!

Johanna Garth said...

My pleasure, Alex.

Jenny, I have no idea.

Angela, can't wait to hear yours.

Carol, more monsters/writing material=a good thing :)

Barbara, I love it when writing and a theme mesh.

Wendy, I'll do my best.

Thanks Emily!

T. L. Cooper said...

Monsters, Demons, Vampires... Awww!!! The metaphorical life blood and life drainers of the writer... and, well, the human being. I consider myself lucky to have writing to exorcise my demons... So I look forward to your examination of yours... Maybe we can all find a little inspiration in our insecurities dressed in costumes to fool us into thinking we need them... :-)

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Every once in awhile, I get the urge to dig out my old Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual from high school (yes, I still have it), find some really obscure monster, and make it the focus of a plot.

Perhaps you will inspire me this month!

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

Woo hoo! Bring it, sister!

Kristen Wixted said...

Oh, crap! *scrunches up happy pamphlets of joy*
Now what am I supposed to write?
Monsters? Too scary.
I'll just watch YOU write, then.

Tammy Theriault said...

if the vampire is cute, and the spider is not too big...i'm all game!!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Johanna! Great theme. Monsters, big and small. I look forward to reading all about them throughout October.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

The ideas I have for another fiction book involve monsters!

Ella said...

oooh, this is gooood! Yes, release them, lol!
I hear you-I'm a roller coaster of highs n' lows. Funny, was pretty steady till I decided to push the creative button-what a ride!
I look forward to your posts :D

Unknown said...

Looking forward to this month! Except the spiders. Ick!

S. L. Hennessy said...

I LOVE dark and creepy. My new WIP is monster related. Yay for Halloween!