Wednesday, November 2, 2016

IWSG: Why I Love Writing

            Time for another posting with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, where writers can share their insecurities and encourage one another. IWSG was founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh and we share our posts the first Wednesday of the month. The IWSG poses a question for us to answer in our monthly posts. Here is November's question:

What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?

            I have been thoroughly reminded of why I love writing over the last few weeks. I was writing my story for the anthology contest, and once I finally got the plot working, I found the time to finish it. I have been in a slump the last few months and I kept telling myself I don’t have time to write. But, my actual problem was that I wasn’t making the time. Having a motivated purpose (i.e. contest deadline, topic I enjoy, journaling) makes the time blocks so much more apparent. Not that I don’t have something I could be writing during those times every day, but sometimes, I need an extra push.

            Anyway, back to the question at hand. What I love about writing is that it is a form of release and of expressing myself. As a socially-awkward introvert, I tend to hold up a lot of thoughts and feelings inside my head throughout the day. I have had many moments where I just have to unleash the anger, frustration, anxiety, sadness, excitement, joy, etc., or I might just burst. That is why I find journal entries, story ideas and starts, and prayers written or typed out everywhere. I use whatever paper or note-taking app is near me when the urge comes. I also love it when something comes together to a point that it’s worth sharing. I have a lot of ideas that seem interesting, but sometimes it’s hard to take them from my mind palace to the page in front of me; everything gets jumbled into nonsense. So, when those pent-up feelings actually produce something worthwhile, I do like to share the experience with others.
            Good luck to all those participating in NaNoWriMo! I’m not participating, but I will aim to write more often this month. I need to keep the flow going now that my short story is finished and submitted. Here are about 400 words written on November 1, so I’m off to a good start :)

Story of my life last month


  1. I'm an introvert, so I know how you feel.
    I'm glad the deadline for the anthology prompted a story out of you. I'm a lazy writer and it takes that kind of push to make me finish anything.

  2. I have lots of words at times in my head, sometimes getting them organized on paper can get a bit frustrating. Just keep pushing yourself bit by bit to get your writing done.


  3. I've used my writing as a form of release many times. Especially with my anger. It's very therapeutic.

    Good luck with your anthology submission!

  4. Writing is such good therapy. I don't know why therapists don't use it more! Bet there would be a lot less violence in the world if everyone wrote before they acted...

  5. I love the Hannan quote. I write to let myself know I am not stranded in the darkness. I work best with a deadline, too, but right now they have to be self-imposed. Congrats on submitting to the anthology.

  6. Introverts of the world unite! Awkwardly!

  7. Ah, the time thing. Glad you're finding your voice again.

  8. I am right in the middle of being an extrovert and introvert so I am ...nuts. I think it is a perfect way to release all the stuff in ones brain. It is therapeutic.

  9. Yes, those moments when things come together are golden!
    Happy Writing!

  10. Writing is very therapeutic. Glad your words are working for you!


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