IWSG: Writing Through the Rough Times

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and time for Insecure Writer’s Support Group members to share their monthly posts. If you’d like to learn more (or join) IWSG, please visit the following link: http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

Be sure to visit Alex J Cavanaugh (the fearless leader of the IWSG) and his IWSG cohosts, Donna Hole, Lisa Buie-Collard, S.L. Hennessy, and LG Keltner.


Last month, I didn’t post because I was in the hospital. This month, I’m slowly recovering, and I’m back to blogging once more. Being ill put a kink in my blogging and writing schedules, but despite feeling under the weather for weeks, I’ve managed to complete a rewrite and an initial edit of Unbound (Book 3 in the Spellbringers series). I’ve edited by uploading my book to my Kindle and then letting the text-to-speech feature read the book out loud. So, yeah. I’ve edited while lying down. But at least I’m doing it!

Life will always get in the way of writing. We either learn to write through the rough times, or we give up. That’s basically what it comes down to. There are times we must take a break. There are times it’s impossible to find writing time. But there are other times we have to push through it and get things done.

Over the years, I’ve made dozens of excuses for failing to write. Some of these excuses were valid. Others were just excuses. I’m sure there will be times I’ll have to re-prioritize or push my writing to the back burner. It happens. But one thing I’ve learned over the past month is this: If you want something badly enough, you’ll find a way. It might not be easy, but you can do it.

What problems have interfered with your writing? How do you write through the rough times?

12 thoughts on “IWSG: Writing Through the Rough Times

  1. Good to hear you’re back on your feet and eager to get back into the swing of things. It is always difficult to get rolling again after a forced halt. Best of success with your writing!


    • Thank you, Lisa. I’ve made lots of excuses over the years. Some are legit. Others are just an attempt to make myself feel better for doing nothing. I’m back on my feet now and looking forward to being productive. 🙂


  2. I hope you’re feeling better, Tricia! The kindle reading to you was an awesome idea! The main things that get in the way of my writing are having to buy groceries… these people demand food, so I keep having to do “real” work as it is often termed to make the money… if only I was a multi-million dollar writer 😉


  3. I have to fight to write anything. But I’m seriously addicted so giving up is difficult without histrionics and a lot of cold turkey. So I fight and I write. And now I have four books out there, which somewhat amazes me.

    Oh and thanks for the Reblog id I haven’t already said.




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