Wednesday, June 7, 2017 | By: Angela Brown

IWSG and the Writing Voodoo

First Wednesday of the month means it's time to post for IWSG. We can share in some good news, support each other in the less than happy news, and just be there for each other. Click here to visit other blogs.

If I don't post at any other time in the month, I post on this day. It's like even while life is crazy demanding, I'm drawn to my blog by a need to be a part of this - this something greater than me. In a way, that's part of my answer to this month's question:

Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?

I said "I quit" twice.

The first time was after I'd written my first novel length story. It wasn't until after I finished the story that I noticed a lightness to my bearing. So many of the negative emotions I'd held onto behind breaking up with my fiance, losing my mother, and making a series of stupid decisions had drifted away during the writing process. It had been my own therapy. I thought the story was the best next thing since sliced bread until I submitted it to a contest (no revisions, no beta readers, no nothing lol!!) and had that bad boy red-lined so horribly that ink dripped from the paper. I was in my early twenties then and turned my focus back to what I thought real people had to do to make a living...and got a job.

The second time was after I self-published my first story under my pen name. This time, I'd gone through the process of doing revisions and had a second set of eyes on it, but this was before I'd learned about the ebook hitting the scene and around the same time of my divorce. I was focused on just trying to make it as a newly single parent.

I can't help wondering if this writing thing has cast some kind of voodoo over me, because in 2012 I self-published again and went on a rampant streak publishing other titles under my name and my pen name for a little while. Seems like a Ground Hog's Day version of me being a moth, writing the flame, and I'm lured to its fire on repeat. Even now, while I'm dealing with some things and only writing sporadically, my stories hover in my mind, waiting patiently for me. And this time, I have no desire or intentions of quitting.

So what about you? What's your answer to today's IWSG question?


Anonymous said...

My answer is: "No. Since I started writing, I've never said, 'I quit.'" Yours is more interesting. ~Miriam

Natalie Aguirre said...

Glad you're not quitting. It's just an interruption when your busy life requires your attention. I haven't quit either, just changed the focus of my writing.

Maria Zannini said...

It's tough to make good decisions when you have other burdens on your back. I almost always made bad decisions at those times, so I've learned to step away and give myself time to breathe.

I give it a week, a month, a year, whatever it takes to get back my bearings and then I go back with a lot more strength and focus.

I'm sorry you're going through 'stuff' again, but I think you're stronger now too. You'll rise above the tide.

Nicola said...

I don't think you mean 'quit' Angela. You just needed downtime on both occasions :)Grab the 'stuff' by the horns. You'll come out on top. Take care.

Pat Garcia said...

Those life situations that pop us and challenge us are sometime tryings. You have mastered some obstacles, Lady. You didn't quit; you took time to reorganise..
Now it is time to jump back into the race. Do it. The yearning will not stop until you do.
All the best.
Shalom aleichem,
Everything Must Change

Crystal Collier said...

Right? Those stories never going away, just sit there waiting for their time. It's comforting in a way.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

There's your answer - you are just going to keep coming back to it no matter what.

Chrys Fey said...

Stories are ever present in a writer's mind. We're lucky if they can be patient and quit. Not so lucky when they get angry at us. lol

Mark Noce said...

Glad that you have no intention of quitting. Keep up the good work:) I don't think I could picture my life without reading and writing in it.

Gwen Gardner said...

Life can be so interfering. I'm glad you always come back to it, though. I'd miss your stories. (((hugs)))

Sharon Marie Himsl said...

Have to laugh at your reference to Groundhog Day. I sometimes ask "just how many times do I have to learn this?" Like you, I've had a lot of ups and downs but keep coming back for more. Stay the course!!

koi seo said...

just sit there waiting for their time. It's comforting in a way.


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