My headline is not exactly the question prompt for this month’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group monthly blog post, but it’s what I have to keep saying to avoid a meltdown.
October 3 question – How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?
The real questions – well, two questions.
I can’t pretend that one critical life event didn’t impact my writing. When I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in January 2000, my career as an equestrian journalist began to wind in; not immediately, but as I lost the ability to do the job efficiently, retirement loomed. By 2005, I had quit writing reports and by 2010, my involvement with horse shows had ended.
However, writing fiction filled some of the gaps in my life, and my debut novel, Spiral of Hooves was mainly written after I retired. My ongoing health problems do make writing every day hard, but sometimes the writing can distract from having a chronic illness– well two as I also have blood cancer, chronic lymphoblastic leukaemia (CLL).
But MS doesn’t distract from noisy step-great-grand-kids as the disease makes me sensitive to noise (as well as other things like temperature). Maybe I can use the experience for a children’s story.
As I began writing with some seriousness in my teens, there are possibly other life events of relevance. One day, I might remember.
Our current crisis is financial and could lead to a house move/down-sizing. Again, writing is a distraction, although I envisage obstacles like having no computer for some days – but not for so long as the move from Wales to the US.
NaNoWriMo might be a fail though. At least, I can scribble things down, even if MS makes my handwriting illegible – plus, I have plenty of notepads.
My muse will help me through this crisis.
Do you juggle major life events and writing? Or do they feed each other?
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