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#IWSG June

writers groupThis post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.

This month’s insecurity – Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write in and why?

That’s easy. I love reading thrillers but writing historical fiction. I enjoy the research that is fundamental to writing about history. I can lose hours–days–weeks even–delving into topics that would bore anyone else. Historical fiction is as much about the atmosphere and setting as the plot. You have to get those right or readers will leave. The time I spend doing that is as good as eating chocolate or watching Game of Thrones (well, except for those last few episodes. Not sure about those).

How about you?

More IWSG articles:

Creativity, Life, and Writing

How Writing Cures What Ails Me

What publishing path and why

Pitfalls to Publishing

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for TeachHUB and NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, The Quest for Home, Fall 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

75 thoughts on “#IWSG June

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  2. I enjoy reading almost anything – even the back if my shampoo bottle when there’s nothing else around! 😂 Since I’m into writing short stories these days it can be literally anything which is such fun!😄

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  4. I love reading thrillers too. But like you, when I write, I go for another genre, psychological drama. Maybe I should try writing about what I love reading. Maybe my motivation wouldn’t wane so often.

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  5. Great post! I always struggle with reading historical fiction (possibly because I try reading the wrong sort) but the amount of work that goes into good historical fiction you leave me in no doubt. I’m with you on the enjoyment of research though, sometimes it’s half the fun of writing anything.

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    • I’m amazed how many readers love research. I think it’s a comment on writers. We are curious. I bet most of us think nothing of Googling a topic that comes up in conversation just for clarification. It drives my husband nuts!


  6. Ack – lost my reply before it posted – second try:
    Jacqui, I’m not surprised that you love to write historical fiction but I wouldn’t have picked thriller as your favorite genre to read – now I know. I’ll read almost any genre except horror – I get nightmares too easily. I’m drawn to writing that immerses me in the story, and that can be anything.

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    • I’m so glad you’re enjoying it. As I dug into man’s roots, I came away with infinite respect for who we were and how we got here. Line up all the adversities we faced, no one would think we could survive!


  7. I love historical research too! In my young years I would get so caught up in research everything from costumes to houses, I love the little details. I’m not sure though if it’s better than chocolate 😉

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  8. I use to read more thrillers, but once I got into writing, I pretty much stuck with what I was writing, fantasy with ad dash of science. You can really let your imagination soar when you’re writing fantasy.

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  9. I know what you mean about research. While writing sci-fi romance, I have to do a lot of research and can get lost in topics that would bore people to tears. But it’s exciting, as I’m sure you’ve found out. Best wishes for a great month.

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  10. Funny thing–I’ve been picking up books that look interesting. The ones I’ve enjoyed I realized were all mysteries. Then it finally clicked that the one I’m writing is also mystery! The genre was a little ambiguous to me. 😛

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  11. It is interesting that you like writing in a different genre from the the one you like to read. I love reading children’s books, historical novels, horror/supernatural and sci-fi and those are the genre’s I am interested in writing too.

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  12. I love the research into historical fiction. My novel, “Einstein’s Compass a YA Time Traveler Adventure” included Albert Einstein’s biographical information, biblical history on Jerusalem and Egypt, Edgar Cayce’s Atlantis and biblical figures Moses, Ezekial, Jesus, and Akhenaten.
    Blending the people, place, and history was challenging and fun. I draw from authors James Michener, Ken Follett for historical fiction and how they layer the time period with the people. The science fiction fantasy from Ray Bradbury, the master of storytelling.
    It took four years of research and writing to come up with the final manuscript.
    Love research.

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  13. I love doing research on topics, but I don’t want to write historicals because I’m afraid I’ll get the info wrong or the idioms from the 20th century into the 18th century conversation..When writing mysteries I like to do research on how to murder people…hee hee
    JQ Rose

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  14. I love writing (and reading) mystery/suspense. Probably because I enjoy stringing clues together. Most of my books employ a fair amount of historical research but I balk at the idea of writing a full-length historical, as much I would love to. I admire and applaud you for being able to do that!

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  15. I don’t write in either of those genres but really like thrillers as well as mysteries and fantasies. I only write fantasies right now but may branch out into mysteries later since I enjoy reading them so much.

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