Wednesday, April 4, 2018

#IWSG Crash and Burn...recovery

Welcome yet again to another monthly round up of the Insecure Writer's Support Group!
Come join us!

There was a prompt for today that resonated with me--and probably many writers:

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

Let's face it, writing is hard. Editing is hard. Getting your work out there is hard. Having folks read your work is....wait for it...hard. Marketing, social media, etc- yup, also hard. There are a ton of places where we as authors can take a hard hit to the gut and tumble to the ground.

Even when things might look great, or at least movng the right direction to others--the author could be having a crash-n-burn moment (or week).

So, what can we do? I usually let the wallowing happen for a short while. Sometimes a brief, "pity party for one" is all that's needed.

But when things start getting really painful, sad, or depressing I have a nice talk with myself. I remind myself quiting is possible. Of course, myself disagrees and starts fighting back. It would be more painful to quit than whatever I'm going through.

Then I remind myself to get back in there and get another book done!

Happy IWSG Day!


  1. You know, usually when I'm having a hard time like that, I discover I'm just too tired and need to step back for a minute. Perspective is everything, eh?

  2. Nothing like offering yourself the option to quit in order to take that option off the table.
    The pity party for one sounds good. I hope you have plenty of chocolate around for just such occasions.

  3. Self talk can be very therapeutic. I tend to vent on paper or into the computer. The outcome is similar. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  4. I love losing an argument with myself...but i agree, sometimes, we need a self-pep talk.

  5. Selp-pep-talk could be very useful occasionally. A pity party for one is also a way to cope. The trick is the right balance between the two.

  6. Oh my gosh, Marie, I talk to myself all the time. How else can I pep myself up or cut myself down to size if I don't.

    I'll be sure that I follow your blog and connect with you online. All best to you!