Wednesday, July 7, 2021

For the Independence Day IWSG post we are asked to ponder what would make us quit writing.

 It's Wednesday, July 7th and Salt Lake City is in the middle of a historic drought and another heat wave. And it's also time for the monthly Insecure Writer's Support Group blogfest.

The Insecure Writer's Support Group was originally started by Alex J. Cavanaugh, who is an excellent science fiction writer. It's purpose is to share knowledge and inspire/encourage other writers. The rules for the blogfest are simple: you post the first Wednesday of every month. The post can be about writing, or you can take a turn at answering the monthly question which can be found HERE along with the signup.

The awesome co-hosts for the July 7 posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, Victoria Marie Lees, and Louise – Fundy Blue!

Now, and with that out of the way, why don't we answer the question.

July 7 question: What would make you quit writing?

This is an easy question to answer: not having any ideas. But (thus far) I've always had things that I want to write and/or talk about. My problem isn't that I don't have enough to write about. Rather, it is that I don't have the time, discipline, or the energy to complete all the projects that I want to do. I'm sure that I'm not the only one.

There are other more obvious answers to this question as well. Lets say I got disabled, could no longer use my hands and speech to text wasn't an option, or let's say that my brain wasn't working like it should. I remember reading about how Terry Pratchett succumbed to Alzheimer's disease prior to his death, and I thought...yeah that's one way to silence a writer forever.

Anyway, those are the answers to the July questions. I hope that all you writers are having a nice summer, and that things are working out well for you. I also hope that your creative well never runs dry.


  1. Like you, I have other things in my life that take precedence.
    Sorry about your heat wave. We're about to get drenched here from the remains of a hurricane.

  2. Hi Michael, not being able to write makes me fearful. Writing is such an intrinsic part of me.

  3. There are times when I don't feel like writing, the writer's malaise I call it. Usually it just takes a good idea to pull me back in. Not being able to write would definitely suck. It was too bad what happened to Terry Pratchett and he was only I think in his early 60s so it happened kind of early.

  4. Yup, those would be good reasons to stop writing. Stay cool.

  5. Just like life, our ability to write won't last forever. This is good motivation to enjoy it while we can.

  6. Yes, write while you can. Fill that unforgiving minute with sixty seconds' worth of distance.