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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

IWSG: Why Would You Quit Writing?

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs. You can also join us on twitter using the hashtag #IWSG, or on the Facebook page.

Now, IWSG hosts have changed up the format in an effort to make it more fun and interactive. Every month, they will announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

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The awesome co-hosts for the July 7 posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, Victoria Marie Lees, and Louise – Fundy Blue! Be sure to stop by and say hi to them!

What would make you quit writing?

MY ANSWER - When the joy and drive are gone. For instance, this past year has been particularly stressful and I have not written nearly as much as previous years. I can't just blame the pandemic, although a lot of it does relate to that in some way. In the first few months of the pandemic, I actually increased my writing productivity because I was working from home (even though it wasn't much) and our family and financial situation was pretty well fixed heading into the Spring of 2020. However, our family experienced a lot of changes heading into the 20-21 school year. Both of my jobs changed their approaches drastically. Online teaching was the norm for my college classes, but the high school classes remained 90% in person. Teachers were asked to make a lot of changes this year, and the stress levels were high for parents and administrators, often increasing it for teachers as well. Other situations in our family life changed drastically, including hurricanes, moving, and unprecedented freezes. Our immediate family fared decently, but the emotional toll of all of these changes, as well as the inability to see much of our family (siblings, some parents, etc.) for the past year has left us feeling a whole in our lives. I haven't seen my Dad, or siblings since November of 2019, and I miss them. Needless to say, all of these highly emotional situations have often left me feeling numb and motivation just has not been present. I went through a similar dry spell in 2013 when three of my grandmothers all died that year. When joy and drive are missing, or they have to be redirected into survival mode, the motivation to write can be difficult to chase. I hope I never give up completely, and I am hoping as things head back to "normal" I am able to reconnect with the pleasure and passion the craft has often brought me.

How about you? What would make you quit writing? Have you ever been tempted to do so, and for how long?


Pat Garcia said...

You will come back and your joy of writing could be much greater than it is now. Change and loss are stress indicators that tax us, and we need all of our emotional energy to stay balance.
I hope you get to see your dad and family soon.
Take care.
Shalom aleichem,
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

Leigh Caron said...

The pandemic did a whamy on so many people. My life duringit didn't change too much. Here in the jungle it's always tranquil except for the jaguars that roam at night. I was fortunate that I could still travel to see my family back in the States. I hope you see your father soon.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It hit so many writers and I think we'll feel the effects for years. But the writing will come back.
Hope you get to see your family this year.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Life changes can definitely affect our motivation to write. Like you, some major ones have caused me to take a break from my writing. Hope you get to see your family this year.

Chrys Fey said...

I had written more in the first few months of the pandemic, too, and then things happened in my life and with my family that greatly impacted my writing. It’s been a struggle since.

I hope you get back to writing as you were before the pandemic hit. Take care!

Mark K said...
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Mark K said...

Hi Sylvia, Unsure if you will remember me, Mark for 'The Open Hearth'? It's been a long time, two years in fact. I, like you, lost my urge and drive to write, so shut off my blog to the public, and forgot about it.
But now I'm back and making an effort with my blog once more. As regards to your writing, for me there was one important question: 'Who am I writing for?', and ultimately, my answer was, 'Myself'.
At times we place unnecessary pressure on ourselves to 'perform', which sets us up for failure. It might not be obvious, but it's there. And repeated cycles like this eventually tune us out of our creative desire, and we turn our backs on it.
I've since written more, but not posted, as I wasn't bothered about people reading it, and that gave me such a massive sense of relief, in a quiet way. The pressure was off, and I was enjoying the process of exercising my imagination once again.

You will too. Ease that pressure off yourself and things will come together.

Wishing you all the best. Mark K

Jenni said...

I tend to have to take a step back too when I'm in survival mode. It's hard to be creative when you're just trying to keep up with life. Writing will be there when you're ready to come back. I hope you get to see your family soon!

Sarah Foster said...

I can definitely understand not feeling motivated when there's so much chaos going on. Hope you get to see your family soon!

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