Wednesday, 5 June 2013

It's Insecure Writer's Support Group time again.

I have been feeling a little insecure recently, but writing has been the answer, not the cause. Although writing can, and frequently does, give me insecurities, when it's going well it can be absorbing and as good an 'escape' as reading.

Do you have favourite story characters, locations or situations you turn to when you need cheering up?

28 comments:

  1. Oh, yes! If I don't like my real life situation, I just write myself something that suits me better.

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  2. Coffee shops! I sit there watching and listening, and nearly always get some ideas for short stories. And you don't come across as being insecure at all Patsy - how can you be with all your success.

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    1. I've never done the writing in a coffee shop thing, Maggie - but I do see the appeal.

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  3. A good cup of tea and a good book can cure most thing. :)

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    1. Yep! A slice of cake doesn't go amiss either, Rachel.

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  4. Love visiting my favourite classics if I need to escape more than usual. No doubt you'll have lots to celebrate again soon, Patsy.

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    1. There is something reassuring about reading an old favourite that's stood the test of time, Rosemary.

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  5. Great attitude, Patty! Just dive into the writing and forget all else.

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  6. Way to go, Patsy! Get engrossed in a good book, and it will bring you out of down mood.

    Nas

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  7. Writing can be the perfect antidote to stress in 'real' life!

    Suzanne
    IWSG co-host

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    1. It is, Suzanne. Even if I can't solve all my problems I can pass some onto my characters!

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  8. Sometimes writing and blog hopping is a much needed escape...

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  9. Hi, Patsy,

    Reading is a great escape and you are so right about writing helping you through your insecurities and anxieties. I certainly did for me when I first started writing four years ago when my business failed because of our economy turning sour. Writing saved my sanity. But now it is causing me a bit of anxiety because i feel my journey is stagnant.

    But I will continue to journey on as will the rest of us.

    At my lowest I usually turn to my all time favorite trio ... Harry, Ron, and Hermione.... They always put a smile on my face. Or perhaps its the magic of Hogwarts.... Whatever it is, I find happiness in magical places.

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    1. Sorry about your business, Michael. Hopefully the stalled writing is a very temporary thing and it soon gets back on track and working its magic.

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  10. This week I've felt really insecure as returned from hols with a horrible head cold. The headache from hell has stopped me writing, which is scary. Thankfully today I feel better and am reading again, which always stimulates ideas. So for me reading is a great feedback loop as it triggers the urge to write.
    When I need comfort I always return to books I read years ago, particular favourites are Gerald Durrell, Douglas Adams, and Terry Pratchett (Granny Weatherwax and her mates always cheer me up).

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    1. A combined cold and headache would stop me writing too, Tracy. Glad you're feeling better.

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  11. I suppose the trouble with being creative is that you are only as good as your last piece of work, so you can never relax. And here I am, trying to be positive!

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    1. You're right, Maggie - but on the up side my next piece might be brilliant! (Hmmm, seems the insecurity is wearing off)

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  12. Hi Patsy, I read Terry Pratchett, he's always good for escaping. Also I knit if I've had rejections, which I have from Take a Break this week.

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    1. Norah's sent a big batch, Suzy - you're not alone.

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  13. I agree totall y with your last correspondent - Terry Pratchett. Though his latest few have been disappointing, his first 30 or so are great escapism.

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    1. 'First 30 or so' gosh there are plenty of good ones I've not read yet then, Lizy.

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Thanks so much for commenting!