It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post on the first Wednesday of every month. Every month, the organizers announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. Remember, the question is optional!!! Let’s rock the neurotic writing world! Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG, and the hashtag is #IWSG.

July 6 question – If you could live in any book world, which one would you choose?
I always try to answer these questions as honestly as possible by going with the first thought that comes to mind. My dad used to say that the gut reaction was always right. My gut feeling when I read this question? I would live in the books I’m writing. It sounds like a self-congratulatory thing to say. But every time I get precious hours to pour into my new story, I dive into this imaginary world and love spending time there. My writing has always been my way of escape and still is.
If you’d asked me this question a few years ago, when I was working on editing my middle-grade series, The Chronicles of Aden Weaver, I would have wanted to go there. The trilogy took me a decade to write. I became so familiar with the environment I had created that I knew every nook and cranny like my own home and garden. The world, and the characters, were like family, a part of my daily reality.

When I started work on my present children’s series, it was a thrill to build a new world and unfurl my wings over unique and unknown landscapes. This year I have had a ball developing the story bible for this series, figuring out the setting, and beginning to picture it clearly in my mind.
They say that writers write for themselves. That is certainly true for me. Often, in my life, and especially in the last two years, I write the sort of world that makes my heart sing. I can’t tell you any more about that world right now, not until the stories are close to finished. Time has taught me not to speak about my stories while they’re in the nascent stages, for fear the muse will exit stage left and leave me cold. Besides, this is the genesis stage and requires nurturing and sustained silence.

When I started writing fiction for children, I was a teenage mum stuck at home with a baby. All my friends were off traveling the planet, having the times of their lives. My only way to escape the humdrum of nappies and housework was to climb out that golden window of my imagination into a better place. Creative writing was my saving grace. Literally.
Neil Gaiman once famously said, ‘I’d like to say a few words on escapism. I hear the term bandied about as if it’s a bad thing. As if “escapist” fiction is a cheap opiate used by the muddled and the foolish and the deluded, and the only fiction that is worthy, for adults or children, is mimetic fiction, mirroring the worst of the world the reader finds themself in.’

Like Neil, I’ve never understood why people look down their noses at escapism through literature. There are far worse things in the world. And considering the state of affairs on the planet at the moment, frankly, we need all the escapism we can get. It’s benign, nourishing, affordable therapy. And it works. As J.R.R. Tolkien reminded us, the only people who warn against escape are the jailers.
I want to provide that escape route for my readers. And I seek the same haven, too. There’s no place in the multiverse I would rather be than living inside my own story worlds. So, yes, please, sign me up.
A close second would be the world of Moomintroll.
Which book world would you escape to and why?

Keep Writing!
Yvette Carol
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‘Fiction can show you a different world. It can take you somewhere you’ve never been.’ ~ Neil Gaiman

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Comments
  1. melissamaygrove says:

    I agree. There’s nothing wrong with escaping into fiction. I escape into it when I write. It’s my therapy, and it has gotten me through some very rough times. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  2. emaginette says:

    I’ve just started reading Gaiman and love his work. It all happened because I read a few of his tweets and just love this guy. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    • yvettecarol says:

      Yes, we do, too. I saw Neil speak at the last writers’ festival. He read one of his stories aloud, which I loved, so I bought some of his books. I’ve still got one or two to read, but my son and I enjoyed Norse Mythology. I picked up two anthologies recently, both of which carry one of his short stories. Can’t wait to get into them.

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  3. Olga Godim says:

    I love escapist fiction. It is the only books I read. I don’t want to read about reality. Why would I? I see it every day, live through it. Illnesses. Wars. Abortion laws. I want to forget all that, at least for a few hours when I’m reading.

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  4. Damyanti Biswas says:

    Wonderful choice 😀 Sounds very intriguing!

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  5. J.S. Pailly says:

    Escapist literature is so important to so many people, especially right now. There’s a quote from Stan Lee along similar lines to Gaiman and Tolkien: something about how Lee was initially embarrassed that he was a comic book artist, but then he came to realize that people needed a distraction from the troubles of their lives, and he was happy that he could provide that distraction.

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  6. elegancesicy says:

    Escapism has been my crutch for the last few weeks, I’ve dived into as many fantasy books just to keep the raw emotions at bay.

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