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?