Tomorrow is the first Wednesday of the month and Insecure Writers’ Support Group day, where we members bring out all the insecurities we have been trying to suppress since the first Wednesday of last month. Forgive me for being early; I’ve got a moment now, so I’m getting on with it.
This month we are asked what we do to keep writing when our writing life is cloudy and filled with rain.
- If I’m trying to write a piece and it’s just not working, I don’t keep writing. I stop. I go and do something else. When I want to sort out a knotty plot hole or dialogue which won’t go right, I do a job in the house – and after a while fresh perspectives pop into my mind. Even making a cup of tea or even going to the loo helps.
- If the cloudiness and rain is due to lack of time… I don’t know. The obvious thing would be to give up other activities so as to make more time for writing – but what? Give up work and starve? Many writers have. Stop spending time with family? Most writers get pretty grumpy when they are trying to write and husbands/wives/children insist of talking to them or, worse, want them to do things. What is it?… Oh. You’ve made me a cup of tea. Er… thanks.
- If I’m getting rejections… well, of course, I’m totally professional, set the rejection aside and sub elsewhere immediately. Yeah, right. If I’m getting a lot of rejections, or more than I anticipate, yes, my life is indeed filled with rain and I do become depressed. One way I deal with it is to comfort write, that is, write the piece I enjoy most, probably my novel.
- Some authors write best when they’re in the throes of depression. Some even write themselves out of depression. If my (real) life becomes cloudy and filled with rain, I can’t write at all.