Wednesday, April 04, 2018

IWSG: April Showers for Authors

A new month means another post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. If you're not already familiar with this group, you can find out more about them on their website, Facebook group, or Twitter feed. This month, our hosts are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Renee Scattergood, and Tamara Narayan.

Here's our question for April: When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing? 

I've been writing for over twenty years now, and yes, I've experienced plenty of clouds and rain in that time. Here are some of the things that have kept me going over the long hall:

  • Belief in myself
  • Passion for my stories and characters
  • Support from my husband
  • Support from other writers
  • Confidence in what I've already accomplished 
  • Security in knowing I can publish anything I think is ready to find an audience
  • Pure stubbornness/habit
  • Maturity (or at least being a lot busier and having more responsibilities now than I did when I was younger)

What about you? What keeps you going when the writing isn't? Feel free to share in the comments.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a great list. I feel bad for those writers who don't have their spouse's approval.

Maria Zannini said...

Stubbornness has gotten me through many a maze. :)

Pat Dilloway said...

Well probably not maturity, lol. Stubbornness is always good. Money is a good motivation too.

emaginette said...

I listen to my inner child and take care of her. Once the Sponge Bob band-aid is on, I'm good to go.

Anna from elements of emaginette

Chemist Ken said...

I think the support from other writers is one of the most important. Writing may be a solitary business, but it works best with others.

Crystal Collier said...

Cheese. Cheese keeps me writing. ;) Truthfully, my readers are what keep me motivated.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Stubbornness yes, maturity, well, not always.

Sandra Almazan said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone!

James Pailly said...

The support and encouragement of fellow writers means a lot to me. Support from friends, family, and so forth is important too, but sometimes you just need to hear it from someone who's been through the same kinds of struggles, if that makes sense.

J.L. Campbell said...

Sounds like you've got a good thing going, Sandra! Confidence and support will take us through a lot of dry spells.

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