Wednesday, 3 October 2018

IWSG (October)




Thanks as ever to Alex
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Question: How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?

I'll answer the second part of this question first - Yes, writing has helped me hugely over the years when dealing with some painful experiences. From the rather awkward and naive attempts at poetry as a teenager trying to make sense of relationships and the sudden loss of my father, to the MG manuscript I wrote five years ago after losing my mother following a long illness. There is no doubt that having that manuscript to escape to was much needed and although I haven't really done much with it, I have recently been thinking about it and wondering whether I should revisit it and work on it some more. 

On a non-fiction note, I find that writing down my thoughts and feelings is a good way to process things - usually, this writing is for my eyes only!

However, on the flip-side, I have experienced periods of stress that have smothered my creativity and the words have dried up for a while. When this happens I try not to panic as this only makes me more stressed! At times like this I allow myself a break from writing to re-charge that side of me until the urge to write overtakes me again.

I am definitely thankful to have writing in my life!




14 comments:

  1. I'm sorry you lost your parents. You might not ever do anything with that manuscript but at the time, you needed it.

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    1. Thanks Alex, that ms was a much needed outlet. Part of the reason I love writing so much.

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  2. You and I both. Without writing what's the point? :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  3. Writing is a great thing, I think.

    Teresa

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  4. Having that escape sure can help indeed.

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  5. Writing has definitely always been an escape for me.

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  6. I've definitely gone through those stress times too. I'm looking forward to to slowing down in about 6 weeks.

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  7. Hi Suzanne - it's tough those sudden losses and dealing with the aftermath and change. Once I started blogging I really helped myself ... just being out in the blogging world teaches me so much and helps in so many ways ... it's got me and is getting me through - cheers Hilary

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  8. Hi Suzanne, I too started a new manuscript to immerse myself in after losing my father nearly three years back.

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  9. Writing and blogging have helped me through some very tough times as well. Was kind of a godsend that I started doing all this.
    It's kind of amazing to see how many of us have been helped in this way.

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  10. Writing is such a great escape, for sure. Glad to hear you've been able to turn to it during the times you most needed it. <3

    And I know what you mean about stress. My own creativity feels blocked whenever I'm especially panicked; I'm lucky if I can even squeeze in a few minutes of productivity, those days. Self-care is so, so important, so I'm glad you allow yourself to take a break whenever you find yourself struggling!

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  11. There's been plenty of times when stress has ruined my ability to write. All I can do is wait until it goes away.

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