The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) is a place to share and encourage, where writers can express their doubts and concerns without appearing foolish or weak. It’s a great place to mingle with like minded people each month during IWSG day.
Every month there’s an optional question which may prompt folks to share advice, insights, a personal experience or story. Some folks answer the question in their IWSG blog post or let it inspire them if they’re struggling with what to say.
This month’s question is:
What would make you quit writing?
Check out how people have answered this month’s question, as well as the other insecurities and writing topics they may have shared by visiting the IWSG sign-up list HERE.
It’s a great question, isn’t it? This is one of the things I love about the IWSG – they allow writers to explore questions and topics like this in a safe environment. There are actually a zillion things I love about the IWSG such as the community of like-minded and supportive writers, their anthology contests, writerly resources, and the amazing founder of the group, Alex J Cavanaugh, who set up this wonderful group.
I’ve especially enjoyed participating in the IWSG monthly blog hop. It’s been so much fun to read other writers’ posts and share my own writerly insecurities and challenges. Lately, however, I just haven’t had the time or energy to participate in a meaningful way which isn’t fair to the other participants.
You’ll notice that I used the word energy up above. There’s two meanings to that – personal energy and actual energy, as in power for my laptop and devices. Not being plugged in constantly to an electric outlet is one of the huge downsides to living full time in a teeny-tiny camper. If I want to use my laptop, we either have to fire up the generator or charge it in the car while traveling. The situation isn’t ideal. I find myself conserving my laptop battery for actual writing or those endless admin tasks. Using my laptop while connected to the internet takes my battery from 100% to zero pretty darn quickly. Sadly, things like writing and posting my IWSG blog post, checking out other people’s blogs and responding to comments take a lot of juice.
The end result is that I’ve ended up missing posting some months (like last month) and, more importantly, I haven’t been responding to comments and visiting other people’s blogs. That just doesn’t seem fair to other folks, and it’s certainly not in the spirit of what the IWSG blog hop is all about.
So, on that note, I’ve decided that I need to take a hiatus from the monthly blog hop. Hopefully, it’s not forever. Who knows what the future will bring. In the meantime, I want to say a huge thank you to this community. Without you guys I never would have gotten where I am today with my writing!