Wednesday, September 3, 2014

IWSG- Refuse to Quit

It's already time for another IWSG post. If you haven't heard of it check out Alex J Cavanaugh's site. He's the father of this wonderful group where we writers can talk about our fears and accomplishments and give each other support. It's been a wonderfully helpful group. Sign up for the group here. Thanks so much Alex!

I can't believe that today is the 3rd anniversary of the IWSG! That's amazing! I'm so excited to hear that there will soon be an IWSG book coming out!

Refuse to Quit

So as usual life gets in the way and I haven’t posted in a while.  I’ve tried to be consistent but I’m not a strict “schedule” person.  I kind of live by the seat of my pants and I guess it shows.  Part of my problem is that I often second guess myself, wondering whether I’m doing what I really need to do.  I’m passionate about having a positive impact on the world.  But I ask myself whether blogging and getting my novel out will make the world a better place. My writing isn’t amazingly deep and thought provoking and though I hope to be relatively successful I’m realistic in forecasting my sales numbers. Maybe I should be spending my time trying to diminish all the pain in the world.  

There is so much of it. So I decided to dive head first into searching and learning about what impacts I could make.

Then I got sidetracked.  This summer a lot of other things were on my mind.  We spent many stressful hours in doctors’ offices dealing with some health issues of one of my kids.  It sapped my creative energy.  

Then another seemingly huge obstacle popped up which could not be ignored.  My husband convinced me to stand up and fight for what I knew was right and not take “no” for an answer.  I hardened my resolve and dug in for the long haul.  At every turn, I was told “No”.  But for once in my life I kept pushing and refused to quit until the situation was resolved.  And to my relief just last Friday it was.

The whole experience taught me never to settle for “no” again. I still have plenty of insecurities about my writing and life in general but now I look on the future differently.  I will not let go of what I know is important until it is a reality no matter how many people tell me I can’t.  I will finish my novel because it is important to me and I will find ways to make the world a better place.