Wednesday, 5 June 2019

IWSG June 2019

It's time once again for the monthly posting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Hosted of course by Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaughthe purpose of the group is to provide a safe place where we can vent our fears and insecurities over writing without fear of judgement. This month's excellent co-hosts are Diane BurtonKim LajevardiSylvia NeySarah FosterJennifer Hawes and Madeline Mora-Summonte!

So this month's question is: Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write in and why?

This is a pretty easy one to answer for me - I'll simply refer you to my blog title, where I already nailed my colours to the mast! I love writing speculative fiction - inasmuch as it can be considered a genre - because it can encompass many other genres such as sci-fi, horror, dystopian, and more, even alternative history. I'm yet to write in all of them but it's great to have so many possibilities. With speculative writing, you can create entirely new worlds, populate them, decide the rules that govern them, break those rules and start again. The only limit is your imagination!


IWSG Anthology Contest

Don’t forget the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Annual Anthology Contest is open and taking submissions! 
Genre is middle grade historical – adventure/ fantasy and the theme is voyagers. 
See the site for full details. 


Mark your calendars! The annual #IWSGPit Twitter pitch party is set for January 20, 2020.

IWSG Instagram

The IWSG Instagram prompts for June are:


The WEP challenge for this month is open! 
Theme – Caged Bird. 
Up to 1000 words. 
There are also some changes regarding signing up, voting, and prizes, so be sure to visit the WEP site for details.

What's your genre of choice? Entering for the anthology or WEP? Following the Instagram challenge?
Don't forget to check out more IWSG posts here!


Natalie Aguirre said...

I like speculative fiction/fantasy for the same reason. You are so right about all the possibilities in these genres, and I love that you can mix genres with them.

Em-Musing said...

Never thought about speculative fiction that way. It;s nice to have some latitude.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

With all of those genres, the sky's the limit!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Speculative fiction is such a great umbrella for all those genres to gather under. :)

The Cynical Sailor said...

I like speculative fiction as well. Being able to create your own worlds, rules, cultures etc. is so exciting.

Cheers - Ellen

Sarah Foster said...

I love the idea that speculative fiction can incorporate other genres, as well. There's no limit to what you can come up with!

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Spec fic is a genre -- and maybe the greatest genre out there because it encompasses so much! :-)

Chrys Fey said...

Speculative fiction is a neat genre.

So much IWSG news!

Patricia Lynne said...

I actually hadn't heard of Speculative Fiction until I wrote a story that fell under that umbrella.

cleemckenzie said...

You're right about speculative fiction having a lot of variety. Good point.

David Powers King said...

Good seeing you again, Nick! I do enjoy writing in multiple areas as well, but I seem to be producing more fantasy, if anything. :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Add elements from other genres and you pretty much have everything fiction in speculative fiction.

Liza said...

I always appreciate people who are creative enough to build new worlds. I stick to the world I know...I think I'd confuse myself otherwise!

Loni Townsend said...

Spec Fic is one of the genres I definitely enjoy! said...

I'm with you on speculative fiction. There's something about getting to push the boundaries of a world, magical system, historical outcome, or ...

Great post!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I knew before I read your answer. We think alike!

Mary Aalgaard said...

Speculative sounds great, so free. I've never tried that area of writing. Thanks for all your encouragement during IWSG!

Tyrean said...

I love speculative fiction for that reason, too!

Liz A. said...

Hmmm, gee I wonder why I follow a lot of spec fic writers...

Adrienne Reiter said...

It's nice to have wiggle room. Some people can't handle it. I admire spec fiction writers. Happy IWSG!

Diane Burton said...

Great explanation of what speculative fiction encompasses. Keep on writing them.

Roland Clarke said...

My genre of choice is mystery but I have done speculative - but not up to your standard, Nick. My IWSG Anthology entry may be a tad 'speculative' if I go with my alternative story. [I hope 'fantasy' allows for AH in this instance.]

Anne Higa said...

Yay for speculative fiction! I completely agree.

Anne from

Heather R. Holden said...

Speculative fiction is a great choice! All the fantastical stories that can result from this genre is one of the reasons why I love it, too.

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