Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting

Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting
April showers bring May flowers

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

⌗IWSG- Wednesday 7th April 2021-Freedom and Risk.

Dear writing buddies, 

Welcome to another post for the Insecure Writers Support Group.

If you would like to know more about the IWSG visit here

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!

April 7 question - Are you a risk-taker when writing? Do you try something radically different in style/POV/etc. or add controversial topics to your work?

The awesome co-hosts for the April 7 posting of the IWSG are PK Hrezo, Pat Garcia, SE White, Lisa Buie Collard, and Diane Burton!


Freedom and Risk

When writing, I write first and foremost , by experience: write what you know as fact. That is my foundation, my stepping stones on which I build a bridge to the other side: creativity.

Some facts comes from knowledge in history, geography, science, nature (checked in specialised books, maps). Others come from what I have lived, seen with my own eyes, felt by touch or emotions, smelt. When I walk around in my neighbourhood, towns where I have lived, towns where I am visiting; I observe, take pictures, breath in the air, talk with people for whom this place is home.

My poetry reflects mostly these aspects of my writing; but can lead to reflections, opinions and even narratives which keeps the lines together through patterns and imagery.

In prose, my short stories and my novel in progress, rest confidently on the foundation stated above and take their roots in direct and personal experience. Although what flowers above ground blossoms out of pure imagination. When telling a story, the elaboration of plot lines and the sculpting of characters are loosely based on experience, then flow into fictional films in my mind's eye. Then, I just write down what my brain shows me through moving images and voiced exchanges. Settings stem from photographs, taken myself or dated photographs from the past with precise captions; or from paintings (usually after 14th century in Europe; much earlier if from Asia, the Middle East or African continent).

Notwithstanding, when the genres involve fantasy or science-fiction (including anticipatory), my narratives can take surprising turns based on legends or my personal deep beliefs, insights and what I have learnt along the way: my hopeful imaginings for a better world.

The heart dictates foremost, then whatever I am writing unfolds according to my ideals. The freedom to leave sad memories behind.

Dark plot lines can surface at times, stemming from sentiments of injustice or anger when I look around me at the world we live in. For the rest, my actions speak.

Idiosyncratic or experimental writing does not always play in my favour. However, I believe my true audience is out there, even though few and far between. Some I have met, others have reviewed me favourably in magazines. Those to come, I just hope to touch their hearts; bring them laughs, joy, comfort and solace.

Freedom over compromise, any day, so no best-sellers in sight ... Edits always welcome to enable me to be read more widely.

Susan Rouchard.

Thank you for your attention and Happy April IWSG posting.

All comments welcome and I will be sure to reply and enjoy a conversation.

Congratulations to all the A to Z and WEP administrators & participants this month.

Take care and keep writing.

in confinement again in Toulouse.

My photos for the month taken in and around my garden.