Wednesday, October 3, 2018

IWSG & Life's Craziness

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. He, his clones, minions, friends, and fellow authors make it an amazing event every month.



Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

And we’re revving up IWSG Day to make it more fun and interactive! Every month, we'll announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

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October 3 question - How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?

Wow - timely question!

As many of you know, I've got a family member recovering from some major injuries. Events like my loved one's accident and subsequent recovery require a lot of time outside of our regular schedules. As we all know, time is a valuable and coveted commodity. Like many of us, I don't have enough of it and the current situation gives me less time for writing.

When I don't have regular writing time, my groove gets a little bumpy and my confidence drops. To get back into my groove, I end up needing to reread my WIP. More time required, but it does work.

On the flip side, writing most definitely helps me through all parts of life. It's a fabulous way to relieve stress and work through situations.

Despite all the ups and downs that life throws along our paths, I know I'll continue to write.

How about you? Does writing help you cope and relieve some stress? (Except when it's causing you stress!! 😄)

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  1. Your energies are needed elsewhere and that's all right. Time to write will return.

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    1. This is so true - just trying to keep my mind working on things :)

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  2. Writing will be a good way to relieve the stress of what you've been through.

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  3. When I'm in a place I can't write, I pull out a notebook or my phone and jot things down. It really helps me feel less helpless. And not so guilty because I'm not writing.

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    1. That's a very good idea. I'll have to pick up that habit!

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  4. Major events seem to be weights on our writing shoulders. I hope your family member is doing well. Write! :)

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    1. They are weights indeed!
      He's showing good improvements - thanks!!

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  5. You'll always be able to come back and write again. That's the important thing. Just write when you can.

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    1. Yes! I think you're exactly right, Ken!

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  6. During really stressful times just getting down a few words helps. Hope your family member heals and is healthy again very soon.

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    1. I hope so too, Lee. He's doing well, although it looks to be a few months still!

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  7. Venting. Helps me cope. Helps me be strong. I can say anything to a page and nothing bad happens. Then I burn or delete it and I still feel better.

    Fiction does something similar but for completely different reasons. ;-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. That's a fabulous idea! I did that kind of thing in high school a lot (burned those pages in bonfires!). I'll have to try that again!

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  8. Writing is my biggest stress reliever. I also do yoga and read a fair amount, and I stream, too, but writing has the added benefit of making me feel like I'm making good use of my time. Happy IWSG day! http://www.raimeygallant.com

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    1. I agree - I do find exercise helps a lot - and reading is always a joy and an escape! :)

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  9. Writing allows me to escape reality when it's too much. I suppose in that way, it keeps me sane.

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    1. Yes - that escape does exactly the same for me!!

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  10. Understand everything you say. Medical conditions (your own or family members') take up writing time and emotional energy. I know!

    Btw, my blog is Write On at https://rosemaryreaderandwriter.wordpress.com. Google won't let me use my WordPress profile when commenting.

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  11. I'm like you. If I don't write for a few days, I get really cranky. Hope the recovery process is proceeding faster than predicted.

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    1. He's moving along well - thanks! It will still be a while, but he's so relieved to see good progress! :)

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  12. Well wishes to your loved one! Writing is good to help you through tough times. Whether you journal or write something uplifting to get your head-space clear.

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    1. Thanks Meka!
      I mostly write romance for that very fact - it's always a positive to dive into!

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  13. I think it's great to know that you'll come back to your writing. Sometimes when you're super busy, that's all you can do.

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    1. That's exactly it! Sometimes there's not a single minute in the day - and that's the way it has to be

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  14. Even when real life elements creep into the writing, writing provides an escape from the reality, and also gives a way to maybe process things in a different way from simply mulling it over.

    I hope your family member is recovering well, Jemi.

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    1. Thanks Jeff - he's making steady progress which is a huge relief!
      I agree - writing provides both an escape and a chance to work things out!

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  15. I can relate :)

    And it's good to hear you will continue to write.

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    1. I think many of us can! Life can be completely crazy!!!

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  16. I hope your relative is recovering and that you're able to find time for yourself and your writing.

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  17. Glad your writing helps you and best wishes to the family member going through a rough time.

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  18. Family and health are top priority!
    Everything else will fall into place thereafter...
    Hope you're well, Jemi. 😃

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    1. Thanks so much Michelle!! We're making progress!

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  19. I'm so sorry your family member. I hope they continue to heal and recover.
    When I'm in the middle of family trauma or illness I journal. It's something I can go to when I have more time for ideas to expand on.

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    1. He's making good progress but it's a long road!
      I haven't journaled in a long time - might be time to do that again!

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  20. Writing definitely helps me relieve stress. (Marketing causes it! *LOL*) It's helped me through all the rough times in life. Hope your family member heals up well and you find your way back to your writing. :)

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    1. YES!!! Marketing is definitely stress inducing! :)
      Thanks - me too :P

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  21. Sorry to hear about your family member's struggles. I hope they feel better soon.

    In times of great trauma, writing is the last thing on my mind, aside from feeling guilty I'm not doing it. In those moments, I need to take care of myself, and that's what I do.

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    1. That's exactly what I've had to do - it's getting easier now so I hope to pick up the writing soon!

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  22. Writing is more an escape for me, rather than a stress reliever. But life does have a way of intruding :( And family comes first, always. I’m glad your family member is going to be okay. 3>

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    1. Thanks Gwen - he's been 'fixed' and now it's all about healing and recovering strength.
      Writing is definitely a great escape!

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  23. Focusing on supporting your family is so important. Sometimes, our other pursuits need to take a backseat. From reading the comments above, it sounds like he's on the road to recovery and healing which is great news.

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    1. He really is, although he'll have a few long months before we can say he's healed, but we're thrilled with the progress! :)

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  24. Thankfully you have an escape with your writing... Taking care of loved ones is stressful, but remember to take a bit of time for yourself. You don't want to get too run down and get ill.... take care.

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    1. It is tough - thanks for the tips! :)

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  25. My writing takes a hit when something is going on in my life. And then it's hard to get back into it.

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    1. It is!!! Getting back in the swing of things is tough :)

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  26. Sounds like a stressful time. I hope things improve and you can get back to writing soon.

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  27. Glad your relative is on the mend. These events can definitely put a damper on writing. I've had to take breaks before but I always come back.

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  28. Jemi! Thanks for sharing your Flash Fiction. You're amazing! I've always loved writing. It's such a huge stress reliever. So easy to get lost in the worlds I write! Haha...

    ((Hugs))

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