IWSG: October

Welcome to October's Insecure Writer's Support Group. We post our writerly insecurities to the world every first Wednesday of the month. Check out the group here.

This month's IWSG question:

How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?

To generalize--writing has helped me through some really dark times. I've written to pull myself back from the edges of the cliff. I write to alleviate anxiety. But during major life events--I find that maybe I have a harder time writing? Because major life events tend to keep a person busy and/or distracted from more inner life pursuits. 

Granted, I was in the middle of the editing process for Pearl when my grandfather died--and I think while writing it didn't help me cope with his decline, going through the self publishing process for the first time was something I could research and concentrate on at that time. 

Also, now that it's October...

An anthology I was lucky enough to be published in last October will on sale for 99 cents for the entire month!

Kindle         Nook

What happens in the dark will come to light.

Full Dark is a collection of eleven short works with impressive depth and range. Twisted tales of ghosts, villains, and the paranormal await you—mystery, heinous fantasy, and pure suspense. Acclaimed and award-winning authors as well as a few talented newcomers have joined forces to be your guide. Venture into the dark if you dare.

Just A Matter Of Time by Loni Townsend
Forerunner by David Powers King
Taking Care Of You by Carrie Butler
The Apartment by Lisa Buie-Collard
The Caricature by Nick Wilford
Shifting Sands by Elizabeth Seckman
Shadows Falling On Rainbows by Celeste Holloway
Meringue, Murder or Marzipan by Tonja Drecker
Haunted Lake by Michelle Athy
Soul Coin by Laura Rich
Retribution by Melissa Maygrove

FULL DARK is a benefit anthology. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that does many wonderful things for our country's active military, its veterans, and the countless first responders who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.


  1. I still love this anthology so much! ^_^

    Darker and harder times directly contributed to the writing droughts I've had as an adult. But I always thought about writing. That kind of counts as writing. :) But it definitely helps to have something to focus on when things are hard.

    I can honestly say that writing has helped me work through some issues. Not directly, but just in getting the content down. Writing can be both knowingly and unknowingly cathartic. :)

  2. Good luck with the anthology sales! Yeah, diving into something new (especially learning something new) is a great way to cope with grief. Happy IWSG day!

    Ronel visiting on Insecure Writer's Support Group day: Course Correction

  3. Distractions are both needed and valuable. So glad that publishing served that need.

  4. Sometimes the best thing we can do while going through a rough time is to have things to distract us. Congratulations on the anthology!

  5. Distraction can be very helpful at the right times.

  6. Yay! Our first anniversary! Distraction is good in real life every now and then. Writing helps a lot with that...

  7. I just bought my copy a few days ago! Good luck with the sales!

  8. Distractions are good. Glad you found your outlet. And good luck on more sales!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

2019 reading challenge

Bodyguard + When They See Us

Two Weeks into 2019