#IWSG – What Life Crisis?

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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.

Awww - Roland and Juanita.

Do you juggle major life events and writing? Or do they feed each other?


The awesome co-hosts for the October 3 posting of the IWSG are Dolorah @ Book Lover,Christopher D. Votey, Tanya Miranda, and Chemist Ken!

Purpose of IWSG: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting! 

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG



30 thoughts on “#IWSG – What Life Crisis?

    • Mind now working, Alex on the horror version of the children’s story I wrote about other step-grandkids picking up their toys. The Revenge of the Toys? Or – The Toys Strike Back?


  1. Roland, I am in awe of your ability to keep on keeping on. I turn my face away from NaNo for reasons that I’ve spoken about only to my writing partner, yet with all these challenges, still you wonder how you might get something from it.

    May the writing continue to provide positive distraction & I’d absolutely love to read that children’s story one day to my granddaughter.

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  2. About the time you were getting MS, I was getting rheumatoid arthritis. I seriously impacted many joints but my hands are what bothered me most. I looked into audio recording for writing, thinking I would lose the ability to type. Have you considered that?

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    • I’m sorry to learn about your rheumatoid arthritis, Jacqui and pray that it is manageable. I did look into audio recording and even started training the software. But I had enormous problems getting the software to understand me. I know it has improved, but in my case, and with others, MS affects my speech so I slur = no audio recording and no more public pontificating – well, not yet.

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  3. You inspire me. Life is a long stream of good and bad. It is through the bad that we stay diligent and write – even if it is just a few scribbles for distraction.


  4. *grimace* Sorry to hear the kids are still around and being obnoxiously loud and disruptive. And to add financial issues on top of that. 😦

    I hope things improve for you.

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