Wednesday, July 6, 2016 | By: Angela Brown

IWSG and Something I Realized

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First Wednesday of the month means it is IWSG time:
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

There's a question being posed and here it is:

JULY 6 QUESTION: What's the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

I've had other writers share with me that they enjoyed my stories and the worlds I introduced them to like the Withers, Harvestors, and Cleansers in the Shadow Jumpers series.

I've had a young man tell me that he could picture the story unfolding in his mind and hoped I could one day take the novel to the big screen.

But the cutest thing, and what grabs at my heart remembering it, was my daughter's recent demand that I had ten months to get the second Fable Ranger book published or she was going to go crazy.

Thinking about this question really made me realize some things that I've always known but need to share with others as often as possible. 

You see, 2015 and 2016 have proven to be my least productive writing years. When I dove into this in 2012, I understood that the only thing I would have in common with JK Rowling was that we were both struggling single mothers taking chances on our writing dreams. I did not and still do not wish to have enough money to own a castle in the Isles or to pay off the debt of a small country. I did, however, hope that my stories would find readers and slowly increase a fan base with time.

After wrestling with the demons of disappointment, doubt, and despair that accompanied the NO increase in reader base and some negative things happening in my life, I couldn't help noticing how much I needed writing, even if it was journaling, making little notes of inspiration to remind myself to smile each day, or even writing then tearing up tear-streaked letters venting my frustrations. I'd always known writing was a big part of me, but I hadn't really considered how deeply embedded it was, as if tattooed on my soul. 

What about you? After you consider the question above, what other things come to mind?


Crystal Collier said...

Hey, those are some pretty great comments! We have to take the positive where we find it, eh? We have seasons of discouragement, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. There always is. You've got this. (I too would fold up and die if I couldn't write.)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Write for you. That what matters. And write for Chipmunk. She really wants that second book.

Nicola said...

What a lovely daughter. I hope you are listening to her - daughters are very persistent :) Have a great week. Lovely post. Thank you for sharing.

Gwen Gardner said...

Your daughter telling you to get on it is the highest praise indeed! I know what you mean about persistence. Writing has a way of getting into your soul and not letting go. I hope you're doing better, Angela. This old life can be such a struggle. Just hold on to the good stuff. <3

shelly said...

I so understand your frustration with a reader base. Just keep writing.

Bish Denham said...

I think having your daughter demand the next book ASAP is the best compliment to you. I think as writers we need to keep those compliments on hand, in plain sight, to look over again and again. They are good food for inspiration.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Writing can become a deep part of us. It is clearly so for you Angela. Keep going, only a few authors get to the pinnacle but that is not why we write. Your daughter is a gem.

Julie Flanders said...

Aww, that's so awesome that Chipmunk can't wait for the next book. She is a girl with very sophisticated writing taste! :)
It's hard to think of a bigger honor than having a child love your story.

Mark Noce said...

Those positive bits of feedback are important, it helps keep us writers going:)

alexia said...

Yes, kids are tough critics, so that's a GREAT compliment!

Rhonda Gilmour said...

A demand for more stories is high praise indeed!

emaginette said...

All I know is writing helps me get through the day. It's therapy and it's celebration. Nuff said. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Tyrean Martinson said...

I need writing, too. Today, in the middle of a frustrated moment with a volunteer job that had to get done ASAP, I gave myself 20 minutes to write (my self-appointed coffee break), and wow, my whole day was loads better. Problems found solutions faster, stuff got done, and I had a story in the back of my head singing to my imagination.
I love your daughter's demand - that's awesome! BTW, I loved Fable Ranger #1, too - one of these days, I will write a review.

Christine Rains said...

A demand like that is priceless! :) And yes, I need writing as well. Even if no one ever reads what I write, I'll still do it.

Nicole said...

Your daughter's aching for a follow-up to Fable Ranger is the best thing yet! Knowing she's a huge fan of your work must be such an amazing feeling. If that young man's wishes for a big screen adaptation of one of your books comes true, I'd definitely watch it :)

The only nicest thing someone said about my writing that comes to mind at the moment is when one of my friends told me my screenplay was "really good" after reading it. Although further details about the conversation escape me, it meant a lot coming from him because he's a director who also works as crew on other projects; he lives, eats and breathes film, and believes in aiming for creating the best work possible.

Writing is definitely a saving grace that can soothe the soul and also rejuvenate it. I'm glad that its a part of you in ways that can build you up at times when you could use it most. That's the thing about writing.... more often than not, it has the power to work miracles and help you find ways through many moments of uncertainty, disappointment and/ or doubt, and come out on the other side more positive than ever. May you forever nurture that light in you and allow it to keep shining!

Pat Garcia said...

Keep on writing. I believe that we notice how precious it is to us when we get in a hard place. We then write it down in our journal and the burden begins to lift.
Writing is the most demanding career in the world because it demands your creativity, your inner soul, and more time than you've ever have. Yet I believe when we persevere and endure, we will eventually be rewarded. JK Rowling did not become great over night.
All the best.
Shalom aleichem,

Caitlin Lane said...

Having your daughter fall in love with your words that much must feel amazing. Keep up the good work!

Liza said...

I love the line about writing being tattooed on your soul...a perfect description, and I believe that is where my writing lives also. Don't ever let the ink fade.

cleemckenzie said...

To have your daughter as one of your biggest and most loyal fans is a testament to being a good mom. Sorry about the downturns and the struggle, but you've stayed the course and that's all that matters in the end.

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