Hi everyone! Today I have a special post as part of the Writers Persevere event that authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are running for the next few days to celebrate their newest book, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma. This book looks at the difficult experiences embedded in our character’s backstory which will shape their motivation and behavior afterward.
To help them celebrate this release, many of us are posting stories about some of the obstacles we’ve overcome as writers. As we all know, this isn’t an easy path. Writing is hard and as writers we tend to struggle with doubt. Sometimes too, we don’t always get the support we need to follow our passion, or we have added challenges that make writing more difficult. Because people are sharing their stories this week about how they worked through these challenges to keep writing, I wanted to post about it too.
Writing is a very rewarding thing to do. We develop our characters, thresh them out, mold them, give faces to the names we've come up with, give them characteristics, quirks and emotions that can shred our hearts when they laugh, when they're angry, when they love.
When they hurt.
Our characters and the stories we tell are no different from children we've raised, cared for, loved and have to let go to make their way in the world. We breathe life into them. The books we write become offerings for readers and those who are new to our writing. Some may like the way we write, others may not, but we as writers find satisfaction when our stories are out there. We find inspiration that feeds our creativity in the kind words from fellow writers, bloggers, reviewers, and that is a great feeling.
However, this kind of creativity can be challenged if there are things that distract you such as a bad review (which I really think should be taken constructively - easier said than done and unless the reviewer is a troll! What can I say? Trolls are to writers what Orcs are to the Fellowship of the Ring.), a day job or a night shift that drains you so much all you want to do is just hit the sack. Real world responsibilities can suck the life out of you, too. One thing that can halt creativity and stymie the joie d'ecrit is an illness.
This is what I have.
Suffice to say that this has proved to be a hurdle that has made it at times difficult to concentrate on writing a story. The pain can be quite excruciating that once the flare up has passed, I have no energy left to write. This has been a constant, but do I give up?
Sure, I get annoyed at myself, I rage at the world (uh...kinda. I just do a monologue inside my bedroom), but most of all, I say to hell with it and start writing again even if it doesn't make sense at that moment. I build from that. My illness reminds me that I am mortal. My writing reminds me that I am alive. Writing to me is like breathing. If I don't write, I can't breathe. And if I can't breathe, I get my inhaler. Ha!
In other words, I persevere. I don't delude myself to thinking it's a walk in the park. Nope! Because I love to write, no illness will stop me from something I love doing.
When my hands can no longer tap on the keyboard or hold a pen, my mouth and voice will still have stories to tell. And when I can no longer speak and my eyes have dimmed, my books will speak for me.
Because I'm a writer and I persevered
Do you have a story to share, or some advice for others? You can join Becca and Angela at Writers Helping Writers from October 25-27th, where we are celebrating writers and their stories of perseverance. Stop in, and tell them about a challenge or struggle your faced, or if you like, write a post on your own blog and share it using the hashtag #writerspersevere. Let’s fill social media with your strength and let other writers know that it’s okay to question and have doubts but we shouldn’t let that stop us.
There’s a prize vault filled with items that can give your writing career a boost at Writers Helping Writers.
I would love for one of you to win something that will help you get closer to your goal!
The giveaway is only from October 25-27th, so enter asap. And don’t forget to share this using the #writerspersevere hashtag so more prizes will be awarded!