Stopping Out (Rather than Dropping out) #IWSG #Writing

Hello Everyone,

Welcome back to the Insecure Writer's Support Group, which has a monthly blog hop on everything related to writing.   This month we are talking about whether we've ever quit our writing journey.

I prefer to use a higher education term to discuss the periods I've stopped out (as opposed to dropped out).  The nuance is important.  Stopping out is taking a break, not a permanent leave.  I have always written, and will always write. But I stop out periodically when life takes over.

The best example is my non-fiction writing life.   I have a whole non-fiction pile, that grew partially from work, and partially just for me.  Of all that writing, I only have one n0n-fiction book. It represented the culmination of my body of research, and I put three years of my life into it.  I must admit it took so much out of me that after I sent the final into the publisher,  I cried for a three days.  I swore up and down I'd never write a non-fiction book again.

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Fast forward ten years.  I'm ready to write another non-fiction book.  I have a few ideas in mind.  So even when I thought I quit, I wasn't.  I needed space and time and perspective. So even then, I didn't quit, just stopped out for awhile.

Visit the other bloggers, and see how they answered the question or just what they have to say about this crazy journey we call writing.




1 Response

  1. I like the way you put that--we aren't quitting. We're just taking a break. And when we come back, we're stronger because we've rested!

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