The Struggle Is Real - IWSG Post


The Struggle Is Real

A couple of weeks ago I talked about an issue on the home front that I was dealing with that involved one of my kids. While the matter is improving a bit, it’s still a large presence in our home. (I’m sorry to be so vague. I’m respecting my child’s privacy). While I’d like to punch the problem in its face (cause my Lord that’d be so satisfying!) it’d also result in me being arrested and possibly sued.

People these days. So touchy about physical harm.

Not only has this issue disrupted the harmony in my home, it hasn’t left me with a lot of time for writing.

The struggle is real, folks.

(My niece said that one time to a guy who was complaining about the most inane thing about his job and I nearly choked on my drink. She takes after her aunt and father).

The struggle is real.

Every time I open my laptop, there they are: my self-help book and my fictional book. Empty white space just waiting to be filled with my creativity. Hasn't happened all that much. Instead I end up doing recovery work (very important) or distracting myself with things that ain’t so heavy.

The struggle is real but it will pass when things settle down. I know it will. My child comes first. The writing can wait and I’m okay with that. For now, I’ll put the books aside until I have time to pick them up again.
from Google

Question of the Day:  How do you find time to write in your busy day? 

Right now...I don't. But I am happy to say that I did squeeze in a few hours over the holiday weekend and that was a true blessing. I needed it!

Have you had to put your WIP aside? Were you okay with your decision? How are you feeling this month?

Scheduling note: I’m working today. I’ll be by to visit everyone later this afternoon. 


This has been a post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. It's a chance to talk about our fears and doubts, or inspire others by sharing our success and happiness.  We’ve got a great bunch of people in this group and we’d love to have you join in on the fun too.  A big thank you to it's creator, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Don’t forget to stop by and say hello to our other fantastic co-hosts:  C. Lee McKenzie, Rachel Pattison, Elizabeth Seckman, Stephanie Faris, Lori L MacLaughlin! 

Thank you for letting me co-host! 

Wait! Don't leave! There's more:

Announcing the 2016 IWSG Anthology Contest! 
Last year’s contest was science fiction – parallel world/alternate history, and the result was Parallels: Felix Was Here. This year, we have a new theme and invite all members to submit. 

Eligibility: Any member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is encouraged to enter – blogging or Facebook member. The story must be previously unpublished. Entry is free. 

Word count: 5000-6000

Genre: Fantasy

Theme: Hero Lost. It could be about a hero turned villain, a villain's redemption, a hero's lack of confidence, a hero's lack of smarts, etc. It can be about any kind of hero including superheroes, mythological heroes, unexpected or unlikely heroes, or a whole new kind of hero. This theme has plenty of scope and we’re open to pretty much anything along these lines. No erotica, R-rated language, or graphic violence.

Deadline: November 1st 2016

How to enter: Send your polished, formatted, previously unpublished story to admin @ before the deadline passes. Please include your contact details and if you are part of the Blogging or Facebook IWSG group. 

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges. 

Prizes: The winning stories will be edited and published by Freedom Fox Press next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will have the honor of giving the anthology its title. 

We’re excited to see the creativity and enthusiasm that’s such a part of this group put into action. So don your creative caps and start writing. And spread the word! 

Our amazing judges this year: