IWSG April 4: Dig Down & Write

IWSG Badge-smIt’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) is enjoying its monthly blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. IWSG is a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the April 4 posting of the IWSG are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken,  Renee Scattergood, and Tamara Narayan!

IWSG Question: When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?

My Answer: It depends how deep the funk is. Light clouds: take photos. Thunderstorm: scribble thoughts in a journal. Constant in my life: maintain relationships with other writers. Accepted writing invitation.

In 2016, I snapped pictures and filled my pocket-size spiral notebooks. That year Rick (my husband) walked into the hospital and after his spinal surgery his right leg didn’t work. Two more surgeries and two years were required to inspire life in pinched sciatic nerves and rebuild strength in atrophied thigh muscles. We both devoted all our energy to his recovery. I was spent.

My writing life withered into a dormant state; but not abandoned. I received life-sustaining oxygen as the leader of La Cruz Writers’ Group, here in Mexico.

I was too pigheaded to surrender my status in Insecure Writers Support Group. I inched from #257 (2015) to #160 (2016). I could manage the once-a-month blog-hop. I clung with limpet-tight tenacity to maintain my status.

My IWSG blog-hop posts frequently expressed pain and helplessness. True to the IWSG code of ethics, every visitor offered compassion and reassurance. These monthly meet ups became a safe refuge.

In spring 2018 Rick reached a recovery plateau. We are making peace with our new reality.

By chance, someone we all know & respect, invited me to write about my movie career. Something about his request awakened my hibernating desire to write. The deadline launched my creativity and revived my ol’ desire to engage my readers.

14 thoughts on “IWSG April 4: Dig Down & Write

    1. I just found Chemist Ken; he’s Hogwarts Sabbatical and he’s #18. That’s fantastic. As of today I’ve inched up to 105. Like Pat Gracia says, “Everything Must Change.” so true. So bit by bit.

      1. Yep, I was going to comment on the bottom, but it works better here. Pushing my way up the list has kept me motivated for a long time. Now all I have to do is finish my damn book. 🙂

        1. Hi Ken,
          I believe your commitment to finish your latest book is alive and well. Sometimes, the creative spirit and drive take a detour. You’ll be back on track soon. May I be so bold as to suggest: choose a start date and list three baby steps to get there? This is my secret formula to achieve my goals. Good luck!

  1. Sorry for your husband’s trouble. I hope his recovery will be complete and soon.
    Staying connected with other writers helps me too. I’ve never missed a IWSG post since I joined, and the monthly deadline helps me stay in the ‘writing groove’, so to speak. I also participate in another blog hop. Write, Edit Publish (http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.ca/), and for this one, we only write one post in two months. Not too strenuous, but it keeps me connected, which is a great thing. Check us out. You might want to join.

    1. Hi Olga, Thank you for introducing the WEP site. It is an interesting and inviting site. I’ve bookmarked it and will give it serious consideration later this year. I agree, staying connected at a level we can manage is sometimes all we need to stay in the grove. Thank you for co-hosting IWSG this month and taking time to comment.

  2. I have also used the IWSG as an anchor through some tough times. My hubs has had some similar health issues as you have faced. Making peace with a new reality is so important, as is keeping your writing lifeline alive.

    1. Hi Lee,
      Yes, writing can be a lifeline and IWSG certainly helps. Making peace with difficult situation can be a type of acceptance, but that doesn’t mean giving up. I believe we must do what we can to improve. Loved your blog. Thank you for visiting!

    1. Hi Tamara,
      It’s amazing how just hoping around IWSG once a month keeps the writing spirit alive. Sometimes, we need to adjust our blogging pace as circumstances demand. Thank you for co-hosting and taking time to visit.

  3. Hi Lynn!

    My goal is to do IWSG every month this year.

    I love that you’re writing about your movie career. I bet it will be amazing.
    Nice to meet ya!

    1. Hi Mina, It was a fascination time. Lots unique experiences. Later I worked with the San Diego City police department. That experience included visiting a State prison and meeting inmates face to face. Thank you for visiting and take a moment to comment.

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