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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Wannabe Writers #37

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Where I am in the writing process:
Still just publishing short pieces.  I did get word that another essay will be published on Existential.com in November or December, so I'm looking forward to that.  Still no real word about the two short stories I've submitted elsewhere.  I think I'm going to have to go old school and check out the library and the magazine section of Barnes and Nobel for some more leads.

On a sort-of writery note, I'm hosting my first blogfest on October 12th, designed for blogs with 150 followers or less.  I'm really excited, because I've already had 13 people sign up.  If you're interested check out my Small Packages page for more information.

My current problems:
Emotionally speaking it's been a tough month.  Some issues with family brought back some of the stronger emotions of my mom's passing.  Seeing some joys of other's lives made the lacking in mine the more painful.  It's made writing difficult.  Especially on the Lilith story that encapsulates so many of the issues of loss that I'm dealing with now.  My writing is theraputic, but it's hard to get up the energy to write some days.

My question of the week:
It's become a cliche that writers are "tortured souls" i.e. crazy or at least slightly neurotic.  How do you deal with the emotional issues that can form a block in your writing?

6 comments:

amber d said...

Congrats on your one piece getting published!

I'm not the best to answer you question because I don't deal well when emotional things get in my way. I used to be able to handle it great. It seemed to improve my writing, but over the past couple years it's like if I'm stressed then I get more stressed trying to write.

Rae said...

Congrats on the published piece! For me, writing is sort of an outlet. When I'm stressed, I write. Sometimes, I do get stressed where I can't work on my novel, but I still write...mostly journal. I write something.

Danielle said...

Usually emotional issues inspire me to write. But when other things block me, I don't try to write. I can't force it, I just take a break and know that eventually my inspiration will come back.

KK Brees said...

Just hopped over from the Blogfest. Somehow I punched my name in twice. Can you rescue me, please? Delete that last entry. Gracias.

Witless Exposition said...

Thanks for the ideas, guys! I think maybe journaling will be a good idea for me right now. I'm glad that I'm getting a bit of a "don't push yourself."

@KK, taken care of! Glad you're joining us!

J. L. Jackson said...

I take my emotions and plug them into my writing. It's a way to cope with life as well. I trained myself to write when my emotions are at a high level.

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