This post was written for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our encouragement or insecurities on the first Wednesday of the month, to join the group or find out more click here.
OPTIONAL IWSG DAY QUESTION:
It’s the best of times; it’s the worst of times. What are your writer highs (the good times)? And what are your writer lows (the crappy times)?
First and most importantly:
Back to the post:
The times—good or bad—of my life differ greatly from my writing life.
The Good Writing Times
I’ve lived with depression since the beginning of this century. Worked my way through the spectrum from profound to occasional waves. The quote below captures my life today.
“… when the rain comes, it rains, but it doesn’t stay. It doesn’t stay long enough to immerse me and drown me anymore.” Jim Carrey on NME
Deep depression led to hours, and hours of writing, so good writing times.
Shorts were published. As was a novel until the publisher bit it.
The Crappy Writing Times:
My crappy writing times came in waves between depression and feeling okay. This bumping back and forth left me empty. No source material, I’m guessing. I could manage a short story when the mood hit, and the stars aligned. Like lightning strikes, I never knew when or where.
I learned to hang on to those strikes and stretch them out into writing a short. 3k when I was lucky.
These shorts gave me hope, and my everyday life was good—mostly.
The So-So Delicate Writing Times
My life is manageable now. My writing life—so-so. I’m out of practice. *sigh*
But I meet most of my daily goals and—like I wrote in last month’s post—I’m writing every day. Getting my long project done. I hit the halfway point just the other day.
Very excited about that.
I’ve finally found that so-so delicate balance I’ve been fighting for.
Now, a question for you
It’s nothing personal. 🙂
How do you hang on to your balance between writing and everyday life?