Giving Up Sometimes Gets You There #IWSG
[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
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I admit it. I haven’t spent nearly the time lately reaching out and holding virtual ties with everyone I should and need to. I’m not doing much with social media right now, my energy sucked up by the frenzy of summer, necessary house updates, and the attention my children need to grow into the beautiful humans they are. Am I writing at least? Yes. I’m doing what I can, and submitting to my editor. It’s minimum lately. I’m making her world count for now.
This month’s question is timely for me. It asks: “What would make you quit writing?”
The truth is closer than it’s ever been at this point, but then I hear that tiny voice, the one I found as a four-year old typing on my mom’s old black manual key typewriter. The voice that pushed me to make words out of images in my head. Sentences out of words. I’d shift them around until they created some sort of picture that made sense, and breathed life into characters I’d draw and dream. The truth is, I’ve always loved writing.
Life might make me quit. But Life will always bring it back. When you’re happy, you can’t stray from that love for long.
Cheers to you. Be kind to you. Do what you can with what you love and eventually what you dream will find you.
Posted on July 7, 2021, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.
It’s great that you can hold onto to the joy of writing but also balance it with the important things in life, like the things you need to take care of and raising your kids.
You’re just in a low season right now, that’s all!
Thank you! Your encouragement means a lot 🙂
When you’ve written for that long, life will bring it back to you again.
Writing always goes in waves for me, as I suspect it is for you. Sometimes, it is high tide. Sometimes it is low, but you have to remember the inescapable fact about the waves: there is always the next high after the low.
That’s a lovely way to understand writing Olga. Thank you 🙂
Life does work like that, doesn’t it? A swing from inspiration to tests of strength. 🙂
Anna from elements of emaginette
Life has a lovely way of interfering with personal goals. I’ve taken a step away from social media, my blog being the only thing I am consistent on nowadays. I do think about doing more from time to time, but life is just too important to put social media ahead of it.
I love that philosophy Loni 🙂
Life has a strange way of throwing challenges at us but hang in there.
Things can only get better.
Take care. Stay safe.
You’re still writing and that’s the main thing. Sometimes life takes precedence and that’s the way it should be. Things will readjust in time again, I’m sure.
I loved your phrase about turning “images into words.” You see, you’re still writing and you’ll write more again. I think you’re experiencing what a lot of us are and we’re going to have to be patient with ourselves.
Thank you Lee. I always appreciate your kind, hopeful words.
Life can make or break us when it comes to writing.
I haven’t heard of this blog hop… Do you get a question each time?
Yes it’s optional in the newsletter they send every month as a reminder 🙂
Awesome! Thanks! I’ll try it out next month 🙂
Yes, writing is a kindness to myself. I like how you show that here. Thanks, Erika. Keep being kind to you.