Wednesday, April 4, 2018

IWSG: When It Rains, It Pours but Remember - April Showers Bring May Flowers!


This month's IWSG question brings to mind the old saying, "When it rains, it pours!"  If you're wondering what that means it's simply when difficult or unsettling things happen in a short amount of time as in bad things come in threes.  Is there any truth to it, or is it simply an old wives tale?   Who knows, but it often seems to happen that way.  However, I believe it's the way you embrace your problems and deal with them that determines the ultimate outcome.  I think happiness and productiveness are enhanced by striving for a positive attitude - a "Yes, I can!" state of mind.  April showers bring May flowers, right?  And I do enjoy sunshine and flowers.  Remember, there's always a bright side if you open your eyes, heart, and mind and allow the sun to shine in! 

So how does that pertain to this month's IWSG question?  When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?  The same thing you do for life problems . . . gut up, dig deep, find your happy writing place, and WRITE!  Life happens.  Writing also happens if you allow it. You're in the driver's seat.
What you make of it is up to you.  Have you hit a roadblock you can't seem to get around?  Someone cast a cloud over your work or rain on your book publication dreams?  The negativity can be a real downer - allowing doubts about your own writing abilities to mess with your head.  Take any constructive criticism that can be gleaned from the negativity and cast away the rest and continue writing.  Continue following your writing schedule and chase your writing goals.  Whatever is raining on your writing parade and life will pass.  Clouds will clear, the sun will shine, and you'll write again.  April showers bring May flowers!  Never forget it, and keep on writing!

What do you do when cloudy skies threaten to rain on your writing parade?


The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a community of writers who share ideas and encourage each other. It's a great place to express doubts and concerns as well as offer and receive tribulations and guidance from other writers. IWSG posts the first Wednesday of every month. I know you'll find it to be a great writer's resource that's well worth your time. Be sure to stop by and visit with some of the other IWSG writers/bloggers at IWSG Members.

Many thanks to April's co-hosts:  Olga Godim,  Chemist Ken,  Renee Scattergood, and Tamara Narayan! And a big thank you to Janet Hise for her great article on research!  Great tips and very timely for me as I research my new project!

10 comments:

  1. Very true! Life is not static and it will pass.

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    1. Indeed it will! Thanks for all you do for our writing community, Alex. It's an awesome place to be!

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  2. Keep stuck in there, Sandra. It has to stop raining eventually.

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    1. While it's sometimes hard to find, there's always a silver lining, Rosemary! A long walk with Mother Nature usually clears my head. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Yes, life always gets better if you give it a chance. There's no writing roadblock you can't beat.

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    1. I agree. Sometimes, it just takes time. We have to hang on & believe! Thanks for stopping by, Ken.

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  4. I'm getting rained on today with some query/partial rejections. At least it's snowing outside. I can never get enough snow.

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    1. Sorry to hear it's raining on your writing parade right now, Tamara. Hopefully, the right fit will come along soon & it'll be sunny days again! I'm a true southern girl...I don't like snow & cold. I do enjoy seeing it fall, but that's it. Thankfully, we seldom get many big snows.

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  5. Sometimes, getting back to writing can be easier said than done. My depression last year really hit me hard...and hit my writing hard. I just realized why I've been struggle so much (more than ever before) and can't focus or write more than a page on fiction...and it's because I burned myself out. I'm working on reversing that, but it's a slow, steady process. One step at a time.

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    1. Burn out is real, Chrys. I've dealt with it's devastating effects in other aspects of my life. Keep on working on moving forward. You're doing a great job.

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