The Insecure Writers’ Group is an organization of writers offering support and encouragement to all those taking on the challenges of writing. Every month they sponsor a blog hop where writers can blog about a topic related to overcoming obstacles and exploring various aspects of the writing journey. If you’d like to participate in a future hop you can join here.
This month the question for discussion as follows:
July 7 question-What would make you quit writing?
Hmm. Good question. It’s a question that seems fairly straightforward, but is actually rather heavy and can lead to significant discussion/agonizing/soul-searching. At least it did for me haha. In my case, there are two answers, or more specifically, the question can be broken down into two parts. The first would be, what would make you quit writing and sharing your work? And the answer to that would be easy. A lot of things. I’ve done this many times before in my life I’m sorry to say, and I still often do. Rejection, fear of the unknown, fear of what could happen, fear of past things that have happened. Frustration with how someone reacts, memories of how people have reacted in the past. I’m really not very proud of it, but when I feel hurt or embarrassed by my work in some way, I do have a tendency to stop sharing it for a while.
The second part to this question for me, would be, what would make you quit writing altogether. As in, you don’t sit and write stories or articles, or anything even for your own enjoyment? And the answer to this question I think would be, almost nothing. The only thing that has ever come close to stopping me from writing was being sick and in the hospital. I was sick for about 6 months, and that was a time when I didn’t have the energy nor the will to sit and type. I certainly didn’t want to write by hand, and it was just too hard to face that computer screen every day. I’m recovered now, thankfully, but I still remember that tiredness, that lack of absolutely anything that would give me the motivation to sit and write.
What about you? I’m curious to hear what factors in your life would sway your decision to continue to write or to stop. As for me, I hope that you continue writing and sharing, bouncing back from any setbacks and continuing to share your art with the world. I hope to do the same. Thanks for reading!