IWSG - April 2018

For anyone who doesn't know, the Insecure Writer's Support Group is a group of writer's who post once a month about their insecurities, and then visit each other to offer help and support.

April 4th question - When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?

As I write this post, it's pouring with rain outside - how apt! 

Whenever the negative thoughts begin to creep in, I try to remind myself of the reason I began to write in the first place - because I love it. I love stories, whether I'm reading them, playing them, listening to them or writing them. 

If ever I have doubts about a story I'm writing, I remind myself of the first time that idea appeared in my mind; the excitement, the rush of feelings, thoughts and ideas as the story began to take shape in my head. I look through the notebook I used in the early days of the idea, at the pages and pages of notes hastily scribbled as I tried to get the words from my mind onto a page before I lost them.

On Saturday I cleared out my spare room, and found my assignments from my creative writing masters degree (completed 5 years ago), along with the tutor's comments. Most of these comments were positive, and there's nothing like positive comments about something you've written to inspire you to write more.

How about you? What keeps you writing?


  1. I've kept rejection letters from way back, and they really do help to inspire me and remind me that I can write some good stuff. I used to enter a monthly competition, and the organiser always typed out at least two sides of an A5 paper of comments - he kept me writing when I was starting to doubt myself.

  2. So true, I find a positive review of my books does the same thing. But boy I do avoid the negative ones!
    Keep moving forward, and remember a slump is a slump, it too will pass!

  3. Let those comments motivate you even more then!

  4. Yes indeed, positive comments from critique partners and beta readers spur me to keep writing. May April bring you good mental weather for writing.

  5. Remembering why we started writing is a great catalyst that boost us on. At least it does for me.
    Wishing you all the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  6. Now that is a nice way to get yourself out of a funk.... Looking at positive reinforcement is a great way to get motivated to keep on going with your story.... I can't believe it's been five years since your program. I remember when you were writing for that class! Geez. Time moves SOOOOO fast.

  7. It seems like it's always raining here and the wind is horrific. Looking at positive comments is always good for inspiration.

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