Wednesday, April 4, 2018

IWSG Wednesday





The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.

April 4 question - When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?
This question really hits home, as it no doubt does for most authors. I can go from a glass half-full to a glass half-empty in the drop of a sale.
Finding balance is tough. We all need goals, something to strive toward. But when those goals aren't reached it feels like failure. So we step back. Maybe we take in a movie, read a good book or take a few days off.  
All we can do is lick our wounds (just a figure of speech:), take a deep breath, grow our writing and try again. In the words of the immortal Scarlett O'Hara tomorrow is another day.

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  1. I hope all of your tomorrows are filled with sunshine and promise.

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  2. Great post Sandra, When"Today" is not too good, one has to think of the futre,

    Yvonne.

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  3. Your books are great, that's the thing to remember! Hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thanks, Val. You put a smile on my face.
      Hugs received and returned.

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  4. Hey, maybe you could start a trend. Actually lick wounds for luck. People are gullible and believe such stuff lol

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    1. Ewwww. Though you have a point on the gullibility. Grin.

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  5. Taking in a movie is always good.
    That clock is funny, especial Adult Beverage.

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    1. Says the movie buff. Heh heh.
      Hmm is that saying writing can drive you to drink? Ha!

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  6. My writing clock would have a few more toss/retrieve/start overs! I'm struggling to fix on my next project, so I'm reading and decorating in the hope ideas will spring forth.

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    1. Right there with ya, Annalisa. I'm winding up my project and trying to figure out my storyline for the next.

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  7. The writer's watch face is very clever. Fortunately I am not a writer and I just publish on my blog and be damned. It's interesting though, because at times I really do polish posts, that is mostly improve sentence construction, but that makes them no more or less interesting.

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    1. Good for you for polishing and improving. Posting takes time and effort. Thumbs up.

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  8. Sometimes the chaos becomes the balance.

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  9. I cannot even begin to know what authors must go through Sandra. The highs and the lows. The in-betweens. What a rollercoaster ride!
    I wish you the very best Sandra 💮❤💮❤💮

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    1. Thanks, Jan. Much appreciated.
      Rollercoaster ride pretty much sums it up:)

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  10. Hope you find the balance you are looking for.

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  11. As a reader, and friend of authors, there's no way I could do what you all do. Coming up with stories and actually making them make sense on paper has to be tough. Add to that the meeting of consistent deadlines. Then add to that the other parts of life, and I would be a basket case. I have no idea how you do it so gracefully. I like the idea of being able to read , do crafts or watch a movie to relax though. That keeps me sane in many instances. Great post and hugs...RO

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    1. Read, craft, and watch movies...You're a wise woman, Ro:)
      Hugs received and returned.

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  12. That's a good question, Sandra. Sometimes it takes a time like that to jumpstart me. To me, deadlines help. Even if I put them off to the end, it gives me a target. Interesting post.

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    1. Agreed, deadlines--if reasonable--are helpful.
      I was once given a deadline of a month to do a total rewrite and we'd just sold our house and were moving. Yikes.

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  13. Scarlett and I would hit it off, I think. Here's to a fresh start every day.

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  14. And it's a darn good thing tomorrow is a fresh day, because sometimes I feel like today has been stomped on, run under the tires, dragged through the mud, and then done all over again. Everyone needs a fresh start, eh?

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    1. Ha! Well said.
      Indeed we do need those fresh starts:)

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  15. This is great advice for struggling in general not just writing.

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    1. A good book or movie works for any ailment doesn't it, Christine?

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  16. Yes, this is great advice and applies to everyone! All the best!

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    1. We all need to take a step back times and evaluate at times, don't we?

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  17. I broke my keyboard today, so this is brief. I used to worry when someone removed their name as a follower. It felt a bit like how you felt. I have finally come to terms with it, and realize not everyone can appreciate what I write about. So glad to see your words of wisdom, dear Sandra.

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    1. So sorry to hear about keyboard. Sigh.

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  18. Love what you wrote which we can take for more than just writing and, fiddle Dee Dee, Tomorrow is another day:)

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    1. Fiddle, Dee, Dee, indeed, Birgit:)
      Smiling here.

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  19. Just like with a painting, one must step back and look it all over often

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  20. What a great post Sandra! Wise words for us all! Big Hugs!

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