It’s Like I’m Psychic!

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So when I said I was quitting social media and internet stuff, I didn’t mean my writing internet stuff. I love this first Wednesday blog hop. This is like a virtual writer’s conference and totally justified in terms of time and effort. Plus I count this as writing. And as bonus points for me, this month’s topic is quitting, which I have been doing left and right and center.

Today’s introspective question is: Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?

Oh Alex Alex Alex. Did I “ever” say “I quit”?

Just last week. And predictably, every few weeks, or so.

But it’s always just a big, fat lie. I have always been a writer and I will always be a writer. I don’t really “come back” because it is simply impossible to leave.

Based upon my own experience and observation, I think writers “quit” because:

  • we’re stuck on our project
  • we’re bored with our project 
  • we’re caught up in other life issues
  • we’re frustrated because the first draft is a crappy first draft and not a brilliant finished product
  • we’re frustrated because our brilliant finished project isn’t finding an agent/publisher
  • we can’t be all things to “all people” all the time and something has to go, and it’s never “all people”
  • we’re overwhelmed by the sheer volume of books in a bookstore and we just know our own book sucks and will never be published [to wit: last week, a best-selling Wall Street Journal author released her new book, second in a series, with basically the same premise as my WIP. The obvious response? That’s It! I don’t have a chance! I QUIT!]*  

Writers “come back” because we’re writers. It’s like breathing. Or drinking wine. It’s what we do. It’s who we are. No matter what. [ok – maybe just me on the wine part]. 

*[said best-selling author’s book does not contain the really cool fraternity aspect of mine, so really, the stories are nothing alike. There are millions of authors writing lawyer books. I can, too.]

Today’s awesome co-hosts of the IWSG are also writers who have plenty more to say about quitting and coming back, so check them out:

JH Moncrieff,
Madeline Mora-Summonte,
Jen Chandler,
Megan Morgan, and
Heather Gardner

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20 Responses to It’s Like I’m Psychic!

  1. For me, it’s like eating chocolate but I get your point. 🙂

    And your lawyer book will be different because it will be YOUR lawyer book. And it will be awesome. 🙂

    • Lee says:

      I’m not sure why I got in such a snit over it. How many private detective and cozy murder mysteries are out there? Millions and all the same basic premise. That’s why people like to read them. Thanks for the puff up – my book will be awesome!

    • Lee says:

      Most of us, methinks. Because seriously, a writer who quits permanently? Not really a writer after all.

  2. Jen says:

    LOL! You’re definitely not alone in the “quitting all the time” department. Or the wine 😉 Quitting is a natural response to feeling overwhelmed or unheard or just plain exasperated. I’ve read stories similar to mine and got upset, venting to my husband about the unfairness of it all. And you know what he said? “All stories have already been told. You just have to find your way of telling it fresh.” Yes, he did paraphrase Joseph Campbell but he knows how to get to my heart and, being a mythologist, Joseph Campbell is the best way. The point it, keep writing. Take breaks if you need to to keep the ideas fresh. I’m stepping away from social media and “trying” too hard with my writing this summer. I did that last year and it worked wonders for my creative process. Best of luck to you! And remember: KEEP WRITING!


    • Lee says:

      Quite right. There really is nothing new under the sun (paraphrasing Ecclesiastes 1:9). Stepping away from social media has been the best thing for my writing in a long time. I hadn’t considered a time-frame, but making it a summer break, and just concentrating on telling my story, sounds fabulous. Thanks for the great advice!

  3. I’ve never quit, but I’ve sure worried about all the bullet points on your list. Good post, great humor.

    • Lee says:

      Bwahahaha! Bullet points, because they’re tagged with bullet holes, right? Sorry – I’m just a little too much in love with this template. I know they’re called bullet points even when it’s just an unimaginative dot. But your comment struck me as hilarious (and I haven’t even had any wine yet).

  4. Angela Wooldridge says:

    Oh yes – I’m with you, how often have I looked at someone else’s work and thought ‘no! that was my idea!’ (or just, ‘I’ll get my coat’).
    But only we can tell our story. Hang in there 🙂 🙂

    • Lee says:

      Quite right Angela. I trashed a manuscript 30,000 words into a mystery set in the 1920’s when the Downton Abbey craze hit. I mean, who can compete with that? And my story isn’t even set in England. Ridiculous on my part. So perhaps one day I will pick it up again, since the craze has passed.

  5. Juneta says:

    Love your enthusiasm and energy your post. It made me smile because I could feel you peppy happy energy as I read. Agree with all you said too.
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

    • Lee says:

      I must admit, getting off social media for a bit has put a pep in my step, figuratively speaking. I’m in the manic phase of the manic/depressive writer persona, so trying to make the most of it.

  6. kimlajevardi says:

    Yes, yes, and yes. All of your possible reasons why are true. 🙂

    • Lee says:

      Hi Kim. Yes, I think that as writers, we all suffer the same demons. But the great thing is, we get to write the endings and kick their butts.

  7. I can’t wait to read your lawyer story. I bet it will be 100 times better than that WSJ author’s! 😉

    • Lee says:

      Thanks for the encouragement, Julie. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I read a lot of “best selling” authors, and sometimes their work is not all that fantabulous, but it got published anyway. So I am just going to keep at it. Because my fraternity conspiracy aspect really is cool.

  8. Olga Godim says:

    I could sign under every word of your post. Well, except the ‘lawyer book’ part: I don’t write those. But everything else – YES!

    • Lee says:

      Well thanks goodness you’re not writing a lawyer book, because apparently, everyone else is. Except for the folks who were writing Downton Abbey-style, when I was working on a ’20’s book. I really need to get over it. But no worries – we need plenty of great fantasy books!

  9. jmh says:

    Oh yes, those rejections. That can really bring on the self-doubt.

    I’ve never quit, but I’ve definitely taken some breaks. And cried more than a few tears.

    • Lee says:

      Ah yes, always the tears. Sometimes, those tears are what gets me going again. BTW, congrats on a fabulously successful month and launch! Your success is so inspiring!