#IWSG: Inspirational Image

Insecure Writers Support Group BadgeThe Insecure Writers Support Group is a marvellous group set up by Alex Cavanagh. On the first Wednesday of every month, members post thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.

The link above takes you to details about the group and how to join. You’ll also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge – do check them out.

The awesome co-hosts are Lee Lowery, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Jennifer Hawes, Cathrina Constantine, and Tyrean Martinson!


This month’s question – February 5 question – Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?

If I was to answer this month’s question in brief it would be “yes” & “no”, sandwiched around a couple of images …

When I read the question I felt upbeat, delighted in knowing there were a couple of photos which had started the old brain working with story ideas. Until I looked back to when I wrote that they were inspiring me with story ideas – in August and November 2017 – and that knowledge was decidedly bubble bursting.

I’m all too aware I have a problem with achieving my dreams. There is no doubt that Life gets in the way – issues around health (although more often those of my loved ones than myself), trials & tribulations at the day job (the one which pays my bills), the on-going struggle in developing a second career (learning about identifying my niche, social media, SEO and other forms of marketing) have all taxed my brain, my time and my energy levels. But it’s also true that I suffer from scattered focus – with dreams across multiple areas – coaching, photography, writing, blogging – let alone a reading habit which sucks up every spare moment.

This year I was inspired to select a Word of the Year with the aim of applying focus to the way I live my life. The word I selected was act! – an exhortation to myself to take action. Among a whole slew of other candidates were accomplish, finish and achieve, but I knew that none of those would happen unless I first took action. It has already proved to be a positive in dealing with a health issue, so I will apply it to this question and set some goals.

I expect to have surgery shortly, with an expected 12-week recovery period thereafter. During that time period, I will take action with the stories these two pictures inspired me to write. After a brief review, I will decide whether to write a short story, a novella or a full-length novel. If the former, I will write them with the aim of seeking outlets for their publication thereafter. If the latter, I will plan and get as much writing done as is possible during the time period. Importantly, I will not allow the end of the recovery period to signal an end to my writing. I will plan regular time slots in which to complete the work.

As a photographer & art lover, I’m looking forward to hearing about those images which have inspired thoughts of stories, not only to my fellow IWSG members, but regular readers.

© Debra Carey, 2020

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  1. Act! I like that. I also decided to act on something that I’ve been putting off. I’m having surgery on Friday morning. I’m still procrastinating on my knee replacement perhaps I’ll act on that one next year…LOL. Good Luck, will say a pray for you!

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  2. Thanks LA! I has to get me better so I can get out with my camera once spring has fully sprung 🙂


  3. Best of luck and good fortune, Deb. Remember 12 weeks is just an estimate. You’ll feel better in far less time. You have your sharp brain and vivid imagination to guide you. Yes, I’m blowing smoke. But I’m still expecting you’ll be recovering quickly. Take care.

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  4. Thank you Cathrina, I appreciate that & I’ll do the same for you on Friday 🙂 I’ve been surprised how helpful selecting that as my word has been. If I’d known, perhaps I’d have gotten my act together last year!

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  5. ‘Act’ is such an excellent word to live by. There’s really nothing self-defeating there – every movement forward is a success!

    Best to you on your surgery and recovery. Keeping positive energy around you helps.

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  6. I like that you picked Act as your word. I hope that your surgery goes well and that you take the time you need to rest.

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  7. Thanks Ally. I’m never comfortable floundering around in the dark. I’m better doing my research, knowing the possibilities & having a plan for eventualities. I’d been busy making plans when this question reminded me of something ideal from the creative box. 😀

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  8. Thank Natalie, I am delighted with my word for sure 😀 Thanks for the good wishes & I’m sure Himself will ensure I do both my physio & my rest – he’s great like that.


  9. Janet, Drive is a fantastic word. You picked something active & directive as I did. I hope it proves as great a fit as mine 😀 & thanks for the well wishes, much appreciated.

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  10. Thank you Alex. I love how the IWSG provided the right question at the right time, just as it always does – so my thanks right back to you 😀


  11. Thanks Lee – yes, it felt good for all the reasons you describe & that it keeps doing just that over the coming weeks. 😊


  12. Thanks IB, I’ve a lot of writing to keep me busy during the weeks ahead, including finishing up my co-writing project. But it’s nice to have something new to do a bit of thinking & planning with too. 😊


  13. “Act” is a great choice. My word of the year if “joy,” because I tend to get so tangled up in work that I lose track of the things that bring me joy in life.

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  14. Joy sounds like an excellent choice for you James. May it bring you a joyful 2020 🙂


  15. I hear your frustration. It’s hard to keep plodding along in this slow-moving industry, especially with a day job and other challenges. Hang in there, and don’t give up. I wish I had something more helpful to say, but so often it’s those with tenacity and sheer stubbornness who make it.

    Good luck with your surgery. I’ll be thinking good thoughts for you.

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  16. Thank you, that’s very much appreciated as I’m now post-surgery & struggling with lots of things. Resilience is needed now & I shall dig deep to find it, although stubbornness has been a trait since childhood, so maybe not as deep as I first thought.

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  17. Dale, my apologies – I totally missed your post & your kind wishes, thank you.


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