Before I start, here’s how my week began. I opened my blog and found this little surprise–blog suspended! My books may be rotten, but they’re not malicious. In any case, this little greeting means that having today’s post up is as close to a miracle as I’ve ever experienced. Go Daddy came through, found the malware, and managed to restore all of my data. WordPress has been one terrific headache ever since I migrated from Blogger. However, I’m trying to get UpDraftPlus to actually back up my site and not succeeding. Anyone have a suggestion?
Now, onward and here’s today’s important stuff.
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.
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.
Remember, the question is optional!
August 5 question – Quote: “Although I have written a short story collection, the form found me and not the other way around. Don’t write short stories, novels or poems. Just write your truth and your stories will mold into the shapes they need to be.”
Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn’t planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?
I suppose I’m in “the form found me” camp. When I wrote my first book, I wanted to go into issues that were affecting teens, so it never occurred to me that I was writing YA, it just turned out that way. Then I found I enjoyed writing about this age group.
When I’m in the YA doldrums, I switch to other forms, like, Middle Grade with adventure and fantasy. They’re fun to write, but again I chose to write a crazy story about alligators before I chose to write MG.
Be sure to visit other posts and see how they answer this question. And here are the awesome co-hosts for the August 5
I promised TWO QUESTIONS today, so here’s the second one:
Keep Writing with Fey Blog Hop: Share your story about writer’s block, depression, and/or burnout and how you overcame it or what you are currently doing to heal.
My Answer: I only have one solution for these writing crises: I hike or take some very long walks. It may take a few days in a row for me to snap out of non-productive-writer mode, but I always do. When this fails me, then I’ll know it’s time to pack it in and do something else.
Here’s the LINKY LIST for today’s hop!
Catch the sparks you need to conquer writer’s block, depression, and burnout!
When Chrys Fey shared her story about depression and burnout, it struck a chord with other writers. That put into perspective for her how desperate writers are to hear they aren’t alone. Many creative types experience these challenges, battling to recover. Let Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer’s Block, Depression, and Burnout guide you through:
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With these sparks, you can begin your journey of rediscovering your creativity and get back to what you love – writing.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Chrys Fey is the author of Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You from Idea to Publication. She is also the author of the Disaster Crimes series. Visit her blog, Write with Fey, for more tips on how to reverse writer’s burnout. https://www.chrysfey.com/