Wednesday, January 2, 2019

IWSG: You Have a Blog?

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 question for January is: What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?
I do not get asked a lot of questions about writing, mostly because I do not write enough publically. Most people I know in person do not even know that I like to write, and are surprised to learn I have a blog. In their defense, I am an introvert, so those people do not know much about me at all. What I like is when someone asks me if they can read something I’ve written; it shows that they are actually interested. It is even better when they start asking questions about my characters and plots, though few people have ventured that far.

 The questions I dislike the most are the ones I ask myself. Why am I still trying to write? What’s the point? Isn’t it about time I just quit? I may have been taking a long extended break from writing, but it is not entirely by choice. My current life circumstances have created a roadblock that has proven itself quite difficult to bypass. No matter what, though, as long as I have stories within me that are left unwritten, I could never quit writing entirely. I cannot let the negative thoughts in my head cause me to give up completely. I’ve been reading Chrys Fey’s series of posts on writer’s burnout, and I think I’m experiencing something similar to that. It’s about time I take steps to rekindle the flame. I normally do not make New Year’s resolutions, but this year one of my goals is to move writing up on my priority list. It has been pushed aside for far too long.

I wish each of you a prosperous year in writing and other creative outlets you pursue! Happy 2019!


  1. Chrys' posts on burnout are wonderful. I love how honest she is about what it's like. Those are great writing resolutions. Wishing you much success with them in the coming year, along with lots of joy and happiness.

  2. Happy New Year!
    I am in a similar situation. Because I live in a country that doesn't have English as its native language very few people know I write. But that is changing slowly. Kudos for you on not giving up your writing even though life has gotten in the way. Sometimes that happens. I am experiencing something similar. It is the writing that keeps me going. It's fuel for my life.
    Wishing you all the best and much success for 2019.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  3. Chrys has some good advice for burnout. Try some of her suggestions. And stop asking yourself questions!

  4. I agree with Alex. Stop asking yourself questions. Good goals you set up for yourself in this new year. Keep working on them and don't give up!

    Happy New Year!


  5. Those are lovely resolutions. And I hope my posts have helped you. I didn't put one up today, but I will for the next several IWSG Days. Promise!

  6. Hope you find that spark again. I think many writers hit times like that.

  7. Why are you still trying to write? Because you like it. Because it's a part of you. No, don't quit. I know we doubt ourselves, but that's normal. Totally okay to take a break. Ah doubt... That's rough.


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