Quitting...July 2021 IWSG Post

10:27 AM Elizabeth Seckman 34 Comments



July 7 question - What would make you quit writing?

My short, quippy answer was going to be that I'd stop writing if my fingers fell off. But then I started thinking about how often I allow writing to get pushed to the bottom of my to-do list and I realize that I let almost anything and everything stop me from writing. 
Then I get insecure that I'm not gaining momentum in my "writing career". 
I blame the market; I blame the timing...I blame everything but the person responsible for not putting words on paper. 
I suppose that's my epiphany for the day. 
Every time I find a reason not to write, I've quit being a writer. 


Thank you to this month's awesome IWSG cohosts!  Pat Garcia,
Victoria Marie Lees, Chemist Ken, and Louise – Fundy Blue- thank you!! 

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34 comments:

  1. Stop beating yourself up. Some days it just isn't a priority.

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    1. You're too kind. I've been putting it off for a year. Egads.

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  2. My writing gets pushed to the bottom of the list. No releases this fall - maybe I'll have time to work on it.

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    1. I'll follow up with you in August and see if you're staying on track :)

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  3. I know that feeling all too well. But those times you haven't really quit writing, but paused it. Life requires that sometimes, much to our annoyance.

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    1. A pause is a much better word. I do hate to hit the pause button, but sometimes there is no way around it.

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  4. It's funny how a different perspective changes things!
    I've had to take stress breaks from writing, but it always calls me back :)

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    1. You're right. It does start calling. Ignore that and you get a bit twitchy. LOL

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  5. Please don't beat yourself up for not writing all the time. Life gets busy, and the things you are doing are important. It doesn't mean you're not a writer. I don't write as much as I could either, but I'm pursuing other worthwhile goals. You are too.

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    1. Excellent perspective. And one day, I may have more free time than I care to have so I keep reminding myself to appreciate the now.

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  6. Sometimes, writing isn’t our priority. And that’s okay. There’s other things more important than writing, like family and health. Take it easy on yourself. And take care!

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    1. That's true. I have been catching up on medical check ups I've been putting off.

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  7. Writing gets pushed aside for me all the time, too. Sometimes it just has to be that way. I don't think that makes us quitters :) It just means we need a break.

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    1. I suppose I get annoyed with myself because after every long pause, it's like starting over. Maybe I should look at those as fresh starts.

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  8. Man, if you consider yourself having quit being a writer than I'm DOOMED! I hope life lets you get your words in. :)

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    1. No way! You're no quitter. I can't even imagine how much you've gotten done with little kids. When my kids were your kids' ages, I was lucky to finish brushing my teeth on a daily basis much less get a story written!

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  9. This was the kick in the pants I needed. Thank you.

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    1. We think on the same wavelength. I'll be checking in on you soon. You better have words to share!

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  10. I like your "The buck stops here" answer. I also laughed at the quippy one, but I'm glad you didn't stop with fingers falling off.

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  11. Life does get in the way of writing sometimes. It can be a constant struggle to keep writing when life has other plans. As long as you keep going back to the writing when life lets up, all is well.

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    1. Maybe it's the itchiness from being away for so long that is calling me.

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  12. you aren’t quitting, you’re taking a break, which we all need
    hope you’re doing well1

    Tara Tyler Talks

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    1. Life is busy, but moving in a positive direction. All but the writing aspect of it. LOL

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  13. Oooh, that's an interesting perspective on quitting. Life never goes to plan - even on an I'm-definitely-writing-today day things can go awry. But even a thought or epiphany about your latest WIP is writing. You're in it for the long-run, there's no escaping :-)

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    1. I do consider myself a long-hauler. And you're right- sometimes the pause is a good time for internal plotting.

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  14. I don't think I'd call it quitting. I think I'd call it prioritizing, and when it is right for you, writing will make it to the top of the list.

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    1. Eventually it will. Life definitely needs to be prioritized sometimes.

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  15. It might be at the bottom of the list, but at least it's still on there - it hasn't dropped into oblivion. As long as you're thinking about it, and making time to write when you can, you haven't quit.

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  16. I have stopped for a season but never forever.

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    1. You are always juggling a million projects. I don't know how you do it all!

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  17. Lol, I hope your fingers remain intact for many years to come:)

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