Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Writing Question of the Week: Giving Up?

Good morning, fellow writers.

This weeks writing question comes from a bit of personal soul-searching I've been doing for the past few weeks.

As a writer, do you ever feel like giving it all up? If so, how do you cope with the feelings of self-doubt, anxiety, and stress? How do you force yourself to start writing again?

Not only will this question enable me to see a few different perspectives on something I believe all writers struggle with at times, it will help me find some much-needed advice as well.

Please feel free to leave your comments. I'm very interested to hear what you have to say.



At 6:21 AM, Blogger Sharon Hurley Hall said...

Interesting question. I wrote a post on writing burnout last week. It seems a lot of my fellow writers are facing this issue at the moment.

At 9:01 AM, Blogger Denise said...

Thank you for your comment. I'll definitely check out your post.

At 3:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes I do, but then I realize that what's getting me down is related to something I'm doing, i.e. ignoring deadlines, procrastinating, allowing myself to become entirely too disorganized, not sticking to schedule, etc. and so forth. I pull out of the funk (sooner or later!) once I get my act together.

At 11:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I remind myself of the reasons I initially began writing. Only when I no longer love writing will I ponder the possibility of giving up.

Writing allows us to inspire, edify, encourage, and empower people we may never meet. Writers give people hope. What better way to share God's love than writing.

I hope this helps to encourage you to keep pushing past the pain of your doubts, habits, and deepest fears.


At 7:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Inasmuch as I like writing, I am entertaining the possibility of paid employment.

I need benefits, especially health care coverage, something I have been paying out of my pocket for ages.

With costs skyrocketing, I can only pass along so much of this before it makes me uncompetitive or broke. There are times I simply weary of marketing myself to new clients too.

At 9:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't really get that feeling, but I'm not someone that writes (or needs to write) 100 articles a week.

Like anything else, there are days I feel like writing and days I don't. When I don't feel like it, I do other business tasks. And when I do feel up to it, I go at it like a madman.

At 8:41 AM, Blogger Denise said...

I don't write - or need to write - 100 articles a week either, Jason.

If I did, I don't even want to think about where I'd be right now.


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