IWSG: Secrets Writers Keep

This is my monthly post for The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, where once a month we share secret details about our personal lives…? I see your prying question, cohosts  Pat Garcia, J.Q. Rose, and Natalie Aguirre!

I will do my best to pretend to answer while revealing nothing.

June 3 question – Writers have secrets! What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work?

I have no secrets. Wow that was a quick post.

I was talking to my sister the other day, about that most-interesting topic writers like to “jokingly” talk about: how to murder someone and get away with it.

Key tip when writing fiction: Always remember to change names and personal details. Especially of anyone who dies in a particularly spectacular way. Especially if you know exactly who you mean and why.

My sister asked me how I would recommend drowning someone to death. I told her that would depend on the person, your relationship to them, and what water sources happen to be available.

Maybe this is why so many murder mysteries involve the bayou….

It’s so good that we’re finally coming out of lockdown here. I missed having these fun little talks with people.

What about you? Do you have any secrets?

11 thoughts on “IWSG: Secrets Writers Keep

  1. “They can tell what kind of water is in the lungs. Of course, this implies that the body went to a lab, meaning it has the funding to do this kind of testing…”

    Ha ha ha. It’d so fun discussing things like this with writers. We probably aren’t actually killing real people, and tend to be horrified when it happens in real life, but man, get us going about fictional deaths….

    1. Exactly! I’ve never actually killed anyone – or visited a war-torn hotspot or planned an insurrection in the real world – but the research you do sometimes. If the CIA does spy on the Internet they must need a special “is a writer doing research – probably” category. Good times.

  2. Ha, ha, that was a quick post. I sometimes wonder if anyone is secretly keeping tabs on what people search for on the internet. Writers are always looking up ways to kill people and all manner of questionable subjects for their stories. I can imagine the police showing up on a writer’s doorstep thinking they’re a crazed lunatic based on their research. That would be scary, indeed. You never know in this world.

  3. The good thing about being a writer is that you can say crazy things and blame it on your characters/stories. I know because it’s research….

    Happy writing 🙂

  4. If we spend a lot of time being open through blogging, maybe we don’t have many secrets left. I like to think I’m pretty transparent.

    Ah, you’re referring to the classic “paranoid about google history” research dilemma most of us face at times. The joys!

    1. I think it’s in the nature of writers to be paranoid. It comes from having imagination. 🙂 Thanks for visiting and reminding me I need to think about this month’s IWSG. Among other things.

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