#IWSG: Too Stubborn to Quit Writing

Hello, friends!  Welcome to this month’s meeting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.  If you’re a writer, and if you feel in any way insecure about your writing life, click here to learn more about this amazingly supportive group!

Last month, there was a family emergency.  What happened was… well, wait.  How personal do I want to get in this blog post?

Bad stuff happened.  Like, really bad stuff.  And I’ve been dealing with the fallout as best I can ever since.  Finding time to write has been… difficult.  If there was ever going to be a moment when I would give up on my writing dreams, this was the moment.

But there’s one thing that’s true about my whole family: we are stubborn.  That’s not necessarily a good thing.  For example, it is not a good thing to be stubborn about medical stuff.  Seriously, if you’re feeling sick, do not try “toughing it out.”  Go see a doctor before you end up putting yourself in the hecking hospital!

Oh, whoops… (quickly turns the T.M.I. dial back down to zero).

Anyway, at this point the situation with my family is more or less under control.  Important decisions still need to be made, certain things cannot go back to the way they were before, et cetera, et cetera.  But the situation is more or less under control.  My plan now is to ease myself, slowly and gradually, back into my writing routine.  Because while life may have postponed my writing for a month, I am too stubborn to give up on my writing dreams entirely.

P.S.: And if you’re a stubborn person too, good!  I commend you for your stubbornness, just so long as you’re being stubborn about the right things.

27 thoughts on “#IWSG: Too Stubborn to Quit Writing

  1. I can certainly understand that stubbornness turning something bad into really bad. Very sorry you had to endure it. Keep easing back into writing.

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    1. Thank you, friend. Yeah, I feel like this whole situation could have been avoided. Maybe I’m wrong about that, but at the very least somebody (they know who they are) should have tried.

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  2. Sorry to hear about your family emergency. For it to tempt you to stop writing, it must be pretty awful. Having been through some searing events myself in recent years, I can sympathize.

    That said, it is very good to see you posting again! Just be sure to take care of yourself.

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    1. Thanks, friend. For a few weeks there, I really thought I’d have to quit, at least for the next few months, or maybe a few years. It seemed like the pragmatic thing to do. But I don’t think the situation is quite as bad as it initially seemed, and even if it were… well, I’d figure out a way to make it work. I’d have to for my own sanity, I think.

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      1. I know what you mean. When I started blogging again, it wasn’t because there was suddenly time again. I just carved the time out and forced the issue. And it definitely helped with my mental wellbeing.

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  3. A friend of mine says, married people tend to live longer because they have a partner nagging them to get that funny mole (or whatever) checked out. Well, maybe we all need someone to nag at us… to balance the “stubborn.”

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  4. Glad things are under control and hope they only improve. I am quite clear that I don’t write when things go south, not creative writing at least, maybe a diary at most. My output is much better when I’m not stressed about real life.

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  5. Sorry to hear you have been having a tough time with family. Tell as much information as you want, but not so much that if someone you know reads, it could get worse for you. Is what I say. 🙂 Thanks for checking in!

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  6. Life always keeps getting in the way of writing. Fortunately, life usually settles down again, and you’ll find yourself itching to get back into writing again. I hope you’re right and that things seem to be calming down. Good luck with the family stuff.

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  7. Family + stubborn = always a challenge. Sorry to hear about the troubles, thank you for turning down the TMI knob & all the best for getting your life (and the writing) back on track. Take good care James.

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