#IWSG: What would make you quit writing?

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. It’s an opportunity to talk about doubts and fears you have conquered. To discuss your struggles and triumphs and to offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling.


July 7 question – What would make you quit writing?

Honestly? Nothing short of physical impairment.

While I’m no different to any other writer in my hopes and dreams, I’m not sure I could stop writing, even if I knew those hopes and dreams were never to be fulfilled. It’s now such a huge part of my life, of who I am, I’d almost say of my DNA… all this despite having only started to write in my 6th decade.

I write not only because it gives me pleasure – I write to express myself, to work out feelings, to expel negative emotions, to engage with other lovers of the written word, to keep my brain sharp, to tell stories, to pull together an idea from spark to fruition.

Writing forms a massively important part of the process by which I support my mental health. If I didn’t write, I’m confident I’d cope with the tribulations of life less well. As well as giving me an outlet, it engages the creative side of my brain, providing a great form of relaxation and balance to my life, as my day job mostly involves almost entirely left-brain activity – not my favourite sort.

In short, I believe I will always write – even if only for myself.

Does writing play more than one role in your life?

The awesome co-hosts this month are Pat Garcia, Victoria Marie Lees, and Louise – Fundy Blue! – do take a moment to visit them.


While you’re here, can I tempt you with a #FlashFiction prompt?

Every month, we run a different #FF prompt and this month it’s based on a brilliant idea from fellow IWSG member James Pailly. A couple of years ago, James wrote a wonderful piece for us, which spawned both a new series for us, as well as a writing prompt.

We had great fun with this prompt last year and decided to reprise it. The basic premise is to take a story and simply #AddMoreSciFi. Whether it’s a new story you write in a SciFi environment, a twist in a seemingly non-SciFi tale, or a re-working of an old story in a new environment – work the prompt any way you like. If you fancy giving this a go, you’ll find the details here.


© Debra Carey, 2021

Author: debscarey

Tweets @debsdespatches My personal blog is Debs Despatches, where I ramble on a variety of topics. I write fiction on co-hosted site Fiction Can Be Fun, where my #IWSG reflections can be found; and my Life Coaching business is Caring Coaching.

21 thoughts on “#IWSG: What would make you quit writing?”

  1. I’m much the same. Writing is such a key part of my personality that nothing short of a traumatic brain injury could make me stop. And even then, I suspect my writing habit would reemerge in some form or another. It’s hardwired into my brain.

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      1. I’m sorry to hear that, and I apologize if I was a little too flippant about that sort of thing. But it would take a lot to make me stop writing. No matter what happens to me, I’d keep trying to figure out a way to make writing work.

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      2. Gosh Laurence, I nearly said exactly what James said, but worried they’d be one of our number who had. I’m so sorry to hear it. I guess it doesn’t matter what sort of writer you are, so long as you are a writer.

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    1. I can totally understand that James, what I found surprising is how quickly it embedded itself into my brain. I imagine it must be hardwired into those of you who’ve written for a longer time than I.

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    1. Emaginette, yes that’s exactly it – it’s how I process. I’ve just started Morning Pages and I’m starting to see the benefits.

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  2. I’m not sure how to count the decades but I’ve only felt I could give getting published the focus required now after my spouse has retired.

    I’ve written things off and on throughout those decades. I might end up recycling them to be published, eventually.

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    1. Best not to count the decades once they’re behind you, I hope you enjoy making the most of those still in front of you Laurence.

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    1. Alex, thanks for visiting. Yes it’s great for both soothing the mind and challenging the brain. I’ve dementia in my family, so I do as much as I can of the latter too.

      PS: in case you read this, I can’t comment on your blog as it doesn’t give the option for name & URL.

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  3. You make a great point about it being good for mental health and keeping us engaged. I’d think I’d feel powerless if I couldn’t write and would slide into depression. Once we start, it seems to become wired into us.

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    1. Nick, I do suffer with depression and one of the many tools I used to live well with it is writing. It does indeed seem to become hardwired remarkably quickly. Don’t know what I’d do without it now

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  4. I relate so much to this post. Writing is therapy, cognitive exercise, creativity, and joy (and sometimes frustration and despair, but mostly those other things). I also came to creative writing later in life (just before I turned 50), but I’ve written in one form or another since I was a kid. I can’t imagine stopping.

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    1. Hi Janet, no idea why WPress didn’t send me a notification of your comment, but accept my apologies for the delayed response. I totally get what you mean by the sometimes frustration and despair, but mostly joy 🙂 I wish you more joy than frustration & despair for the future.

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