Wednesday, January 8, 2014

IWSG: To Write or Not that is the Question.

Jan 8th 2013

This post is for the monthly Insecure Writer's Support Group. 

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Ever since September 2012 my muse has been horribly dismal. I had started a new job in April and then another new job in October - all the while helping my dyslexic kids with school and college. There was absolutely no time and then during the holidays I felt this heavy weight of writer’s block mixed with an assortment of why bother? Yet again, despite everything I enjoy writing even if there are few ways to succeed. The unfortunate thing in my case is even if I finish another book..I’m not very good at marketing and have almost no time for it. Marketing is a creative process in itself. You have to research what works and send out a lot of review copies. So then why finish a project? Because I enjoy it and to some extent escaping into the worlds I create has a benefit of reducing stress. So in order to get myself inspired again…I searched for ways to motivate myself. Why? Because if I don’t I live with this conflict inside myself that I should be writing. And I already know these things, so it’s a matter of going back to ones roots..I suppose.

Here are some ways to get motivated.

1. Other Writing Outlets: I often feel at times we have to think beyond Amazon and e-books. Even if I have few sales, I can still enter contests or even write short stories and submit to magazines.

2. Writing Groups: I used to participate at Critique Circle and I’m hoping to go back. There is just something about getting direct feedback from random people that I enjoy. Usually people are constructive even if they find problems.

3. Reading books and watching more movies. Writers need fuel of some kind and if the well runs dry this is a good way to get more ideas. The honest truth is I have a hard time squeezing this in lately, so no wonder I have writer’s block.

4. Remember why you started writing in the first place: It wasn’t based on sales. It was for fun. When I was in high school, I would share my stories with other kids and I would put my friends in the story. That really drew their attention. At lunch time I had a whole table of kids in my story wanting to find out what happened next. We also used to stay after school and work out the scenes on a small stage in one of the classrooms. Oddly enough I was horrible at acting, but I was good at directing. At least that’s what they told me. I ended up doing the filming and directing. We had one of those super 8 cameras and even an editing splicer. Good times!

What motivates you to write? Please feel free to leave a comment.

Have a great writing day everyone! 

"The only thing that I have done that is not mitigated by luck, diminished by good fortune, is that I persisted. And other people gave up." - Harrison Ford


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes, more movie watching!!!!
I didn't start writing for money. I didn't even start writing because I wanted to be an author. (I still don't.) I just wrote to create stories I couldn't find elsewhere. I think a lot of us do have to go back to that first reason.

River Fairchild said...

This sounds like I could have written it! You're so right, we need to remember why we started writing in the first place. The sales aspect is intrusive. Sometimes when I get stuck, painting helps to free my mind.

River – IWSG Co-host
Seasoned With Words

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I definitely hear what you are saying, Cindy. I've been making so much money trading stocks that I could almost replace my day job with it and then I look at how pathetic my income stream is for my books, I think "Why do I even bother?"

But then I have fun so that answers that.

Anonymous said...

Cindy - I write what I love to read. That is how I started. There are days I have a hard time dragging myself to the keyboard, but I do. Even when it is so early in the morning that no one for miles is awake. Then I start hitting the keys. Eventually something I didn't expect happens in my story and I find it hard to stop. Good Luck!
Leanne ( )

Jai Joshi said...

It's so true. Writing is fun in a way other things aren't. For me, it's meditation, it's creation, it's acting, it's drama, it's resolution, it's love. It's so many things and I don't even have to leave my room to do it all.

Critique groups always help me when I'm feeling at low inspiration ebb. Just having other writers around me provides moral supports and the ideas start flowing again.


Rusty Carl said...

I write because I love writing. Period. In fact, publishing requires a lot of the not fun parts. I am awful at marketing, as well as line level editing and such. I still plan on submitting most of my works to traditional markets before seeking to self-publish. I just think they still are the arbiters of good taste for the reading public at large, and getting a story or novel published there is remarkable validation that you're doing something right.

And to be honest, self pubbing quickly turns a joy into a business where you can only judge your worth by the dollars you bring in. It's very disheartening to me.

Tammy Theriault said...

yeah! I got to meet a new blogger! and now following you! so yes...congrats on both jobs, but all that commotion with kids and work does not help the motivation in writing. it fries you. but...once you get going, sometimes that is the best way to write! good luck!