#IWSG – Addicted to Writing

It is my honor to be hosting IWSG this month. This is the greatest writing group there is, and there is a lot of give and take, and this month is me giving back. This is my second time co-hosting. It’s a group about sharing your insecurities and getting feedback from the community on ways to either overcome it, or encouragement to help you achieve your goals. I thank Alex J. Cavanagh for creating this and thank all writers out there who help keep this alive.

A shout-out to the other hosts this month: Madeline Mora-Summonte, Fundy Blue, and Chrys Fey.

Be sure to show them some love.

Now onto my post.

Addicted to Writing

It’s better than being addicted to love, as the only person to get hurt is your characters.

In many ways, writing is a drug. Often times it leaves a bad taste in your mouth, like many alcohols do… I mean, if it wasn’t for the drunk effect, I don’t think we’d drink alcohol. It tastes awful. I digress, but writing is very much like this, it is hard work and we are often left wanting to be finished.

But what makes us do it is those few good moments we experience that is a high.

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As writers, we experience many highs from our work. Perhaps the biggest one is finishing a story for the first time, or seeing it on the Amazon store. Then there is our first 5-star review. These are not things that happen every day, but that is good. Otherwise, there would be no sensation for these milestones.

A friend recently asked me if I ever feel like a failure when I get stuck with an idea, that I can’t work it out. I told them that I get excited when something like that happens, that I can’t figure out how to get to where the story needs to go or I’ve back myself into a corner. They were quite confused why I would get excited by that.

It’s simple. I get excited, because I know I will get a great amazing high when I figure out the solution. I don’t always, and can walk away from a story, but more often than not, I do find a solution. And the solution itself ends up making the story so much better.

But what gets me excited is that feeling I get when I find a solution, when I figure out how to make it work. When things fall into place. It’s why I enjoy getting stuck, and though frustrating, it is always worth the drama knowing how good it will feel to move past it.

For example, with my upcoming book, “Character Astrology Profiles”, I was torn whether to organize all 144 personalities by Greek or Chinese Zodiac. Either option would suffer the same problem, that it came down to personal reference. It didn’t seem good enough to choose one over the other. Then I thought, why not MBTI? Organize by their type of personalities rather what month or year they fall on.

This further inspired that I could add a 3rd Dimension to all the personalities, to help expand each personality, and even understand their childhood to adulthood and what they are like when stressed. This one idea on how to organize allowed my book to become even better, and things just fell into place for this idea, like I was always meant to do it this way.

My getting stuck and finding a solution made my book even more amazing, and that feeling I got in the moment when I came up with this idea was so powerful, and so good. It’s like the first bite of a chuck streak that has been marinated for a day and cooked on a grill to a nice medium. Or perhaps that first chocolate you taste in the big box gifted on valentines day. You know what I’m talking about.

It might sound weird to get excited when you get stuck, but it’s a good way not to let it get you down, to try to focus on the positive. When it comes to writing, it is too easy to psych ourselves out, to convince us to stop and give up. I do whatever I can to do the opposite, to keep moving on. Which is why I look forward to those ‘highs’ I get when I progress further.

What are some highs you get when you write?

Be sure to check out my AtoZ this Month, featuring articles that will be in my book.

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