Conquer Your Rain With A Clear Umbrella #IWSG #WednesdayMotivation #Amwriting

[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here]

This month’s awesome hosts are: Olga Godim, Chemist Ken,Renee Scattergood, and  Tamara Narayan!

And thank you to founder Alex J. Cavaugh 🙂


I think it’s fair to say, most of us have lost that shiny feeling about where we are or what we are doing at some point in our lives. Whether it’s personal, professional, or just a block we can’t seem to see through, life, writing, anything might very well seem too large to conquer.

I recently finished something new I didn’t think I’d like doing at all. But my writing friend challenged me to try it. Excited along the process, I’d send her snip-its and she’d text me, “I can’t wait to read this book!” Her excitement was one of the pivotal points I found in an article on how to motivate yourself from :

  •  “Get Positive”
  •  “Get Rewarded”
  • ”Get Peer Pressure.”

I finished my new manuscript in the middle of February and since then I read a fantastic new book as a reward and now I’m getting back on an old horse, an old manuscript I’ve fought with for years.

So this month’s IWSG question asks:

“When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?”

My answer:

  • Work hard.
  • Try until it hurts then keep trying.
  • Giving up doesn’t exist.

Sure, I hurt. Sure, emotion sucks me dry some days, but with the force of optimism there’s no chance I’ll stay in the clouds and the rain for long.

I found this one on 🙂

By the way, did you ever have one of those clear plastic umbrellas as a kid? It was the best tool in the whole wide world to me. I could look up through the rain and watch it pelt the top of the plastic umbrella and my hair and face were both still dry. That’s what it takes. See through the rain. It still may pour, but with shiny bright eyes, and a dry head of hair, you might surprise yourself with what you can do. 🙂

And while I’m talking about optimism, I’m really excited about Tick-Tock coming up!

Have you heard about the new anthology? If not, be sure to check it out when it hits Amazon and the book shelves in May because …

The clock is ticking…

Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?

Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting…

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime



Print ISBN 9781939844545

EBook ISBN 9781939844552

Release date: May 1, 2018

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About Erika Beebe

Author, dreamer, and a momma to a couple of wonderful kids, I try to live life everyday in hope and inspire others along my way.

Posted on April 4, 2018, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 41 Comments.

  1. Great work Erika,

    I like that part “Giving up doesn’t exist”. Indeed, this is biggest difference between winners and losers.Winners never give up. Also, I like your umbrella 🙂

  2. That’s it. I’m buying a clear umbrella.
    Thanks for the inspiring post

  3. You’re clearly a determined writer–finishing a manuscript, taking a break to read a novel, and then getting back into an old WIP. You and others have motivated me to sign up to ISWG.

  4. spunkonastick

    I never had a clear umbrella. I have a Minion one though.

    Thanks for featuring Tick Tock.

  5. Yes! Optimism is the only way to go. Here’s to looking for the joy through the rain, and eating cheese when the view just isn’t quite enough.

  6. My son would say the same thing. Me on the other hand won’t do pain–not for anyone or anything. I must be a wimp. 😉

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  7. “Giving up doesn’t exist” is a great way to think about things. I’m really looking forward to the Tick Tock release.

  8. I’m with you, Erika. Giving up never solved anything. I’ve been surprised more than once when what I slogged through on a bad day actually didn’t sound so horrid on the good day.

  9. Oh, I desperately need a new umbrella, now. The one I have is purple.😪😔

    • Thank you so much for stopping in in. In the Midwest we are entering the rainy season so I just bought a nice new sturdy one. Have a great rest of your week 🙂

  10. Unfortunately, the only way to get the writing done is to DO it–and you’re right, you just have to fight, even when it hurts. Especially when it hurts! I never had one of those clear umbrellas, but I do have a pink one now that I love! 🙂

  11. I like that you listed “Giving up doesn’t exist.” That’s a perfect mantra during the hard times. And I loved the Faulkner quote.

    Thanks for giving Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime a shout out today. We really appreciate it.

  12. “Giving up doesn’t exist” are my words to live by. Another take on “failure is not an option” and the sage words of Yoda, “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” And I’m buying a clear umbrella post-haste!

  13. I did not have one of those umbrellas, but I kinda wish I did now. 🙂

  14. See through the rain- I love that. I also try and remember that the rain has a magnificent purpose, and a beauty all its own.

  15. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I love your positivity and your words of encouragement. And yes, I’m very much looking forward to Tick Tock.

  16. Love your positive-ness! And peer pressure (in a good way) can work wonders. 🙂

  17. I like your motivation list, especially the last item: Get Peer Pressure. Pressure surely works for me. When I’m on a deadline with one of my newspaper articles, I force myself to write it, no matter what. The empty space in the paper, reserved for my piece, must be filled.
    Maybe, if I was under a deadline for my fiction, I’d have written more. (Not necessarily better, mind you, but definitely more.)

  18. Nice work and congrats! I recently went to an older manuscript that needs a rewrite. I still believe in it but I needed to put it down and write other things before I could face it again. I agree though, sometimes you have to work through the hard stuff whether you like it or not.

    I never had one of those bubble umbrellas, but I always wanted one!

  19. Rebecca Douglass

    Love the umbrella! I also kind of like walking/running in the rain and getting sopping wet 😀
    Peer pressure is the best. Having someone asking when they get to read the next book/story/whatever is a huge encouragement, and setting goals with friends helps keep me on track. I just have to watch when it brings out the competitive side of me!
    My IWSG Post
    P.S. I hopped over here because I saw that the Cynical Sailor counts you as a friend–and I’ve been getting to know her, to my delight.

    • Thank you for stopping in Rebecca and sharing your thoughts with me. I like the idea of setting goals with friends too 🙂 Ellen is one sweet lady Rebecca and I enjoy her posts very much 🙂

  20. Louise@DragonspireUK

    ‘See through the rain.’: So inspirational 🙂
    I think I need one of those clear umbrellas!

  21. Get peer pressure. That’s great advice! Love it.

  22. Victoria Marie Lees

    You are right, Erika. Giving up does NOT count. Thanks for some great advice. All best to you, my dear!

  23. I like your visual and symbolism of the clear umbrella. 🙂

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