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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

IWSG




I know I'm a couple of days early, but I won't have time to be here on Wednesday, so I'm doing this now. What am I doing? Answering the IWSG question of the month: Have world events influenced your writing in any way, and has writing helped you?

I can't say I'm influenced by events in the news. I don't have much time to watch the news, and most of it is depressing anyway. I write whatever I feel like writing regardless of what's going on around me.

Writing has helped. Mostly by getting my mind off of problems I'm dealing with in my personal life. I don't share much about those, but they've been significant and long-lasting. Writing is an escape from all of that. It forces me to focus on a story, rather than the troubles. I imagine it's like that for a lot of people. 

What about you? Are you influenced by world events? Has writing helped you?



This month, I will be doing a blog tour to promote my new book, Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China. The first stop will be at Writer's Gambit on Friday, October 5th.  If you have a chance, please stop by.

36 comments:

  1. No worries about a day early!
    Events haven't influenced me although movies and books have. I also write to escape, not to deal with life.

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    1. It's good how writing can take your mind off of things and transport you to another world.

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  2. Writing can be a great escape. I sometimes use writing to help me figure out the world. Make order out of the chaos.

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    1. That's cool. Wish we could make order out of chaos in real life!

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  3. I'm sorry to hear you're going through troubles. That's never good. It's good that writing is helping you.

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    1. Both writing and music have been a big help!

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  4. Writing to ignore the crap works for us too. Even though our one arm is kinda iffy on that lol

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    1. Haha! Yeah. Not easy for a cat to write.

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  5. I feel the same way about the news--too depressing. And so sorry to hear that you've been dealing with personal problems that are so long-lasting. Writing is definitely a great escape, so I'm glad it can at least be a good distraction from all that...

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    1. I read the newspaper once a week. So old-fashioned, but it's all I need to know what's going on.

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  6. Reading for escapism works for me.

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  7. Writing is a great way to escape from the world and our troubles -- at least for a while. Happy IWSG day!

    Ronel visiting on Insecure Writer's Support Group day: Course Correction

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    1. I almost wish we could stay in the pretend world. It's a little better there. :)

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  8. Sad to hear about the real life troubles :(

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    1. Yeah. Everybody has them, though. One step at a time...

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  9. You know I've had my share of life troubles too. That's great that you can use your writing to escape. Often mine make my life way too busy or when I lost my husband, I lost my drive to write too. Hopefully that's finally changing.

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    1. I'm sure it was difficult to lose your spouse, especially if you had a close relationship. Hope you get back to writing. At least you are active in the blog community. That has probably helped at least somewhat.

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  10. I hear what you're saying, Sherry. However, you have some fun books out there, so here's a pat on the back for pushing through and getting that done.

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    1. Thanks, Lee! It's good to channel my energies into something productive rather than always dwelling on the problems.

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  11. Agreed. It's amazing how much we hide behind happy smiles and bubbly posts, eh? I'm grateful for the diversion as well.

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    1. Yes. Tell me about it! Most people would never suspect...

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  12. Hi, Sherry!

    Like it is for you, writing is cathartic for me, a way to escape from depressing world and national events in the news and from personal challenges. I write about subjects that interest me, not subjects that have proven to be most popular with readers. I admire you for all that you have accomplished in writing and in music.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Sherry!

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    1. Thanks, Shady! Enjoy your week as well!

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  13. I'm glad writing works as an escape for you, and even better yet, the things you write create a fun escape for readers, too. But I hope those long-term issues get resolved soon. Hang in there.

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    1. Thanks, Susan. It's always one step at a time. But I'm glad I'm at least producing things that may help others.

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  14. Hang in there, Sherry. Hope the issues can be resolved soon.
    I'll pop in at some blogs on your blog tour!

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  15. I'm sorry about your personal problems Sherry! I understand totally! Somedays, I just sit and cry, but it's my art that frees me! Big Hugs!

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    1. I hear you. Art, music, writing–they are all gifts that can help us through the trying times.

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  16. Hi Sherry,

    Sorry about your real life troubles. Hopefully writing about your feelings and experiences would help you.

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    1. Writing helps. I'm not sure writing about my experiences would do anything, although I have a good friend who says I should write a book about it all. It would probably be a best-seller. :)

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  17. As well as, of course, blogging; it is thanks to so many authors (yourself included) that my mind (as well as the minds of so many others I'm sure) is taken off my troubles so a big thank you to you all what ever it is that inspires/influences you.

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    1. This blogging community is a big help. It's nice to have these online friendships, even though we live very far from each other.

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  18. I hope your tour is going well!

    I write to escape, but it's usually life's events that keep me from obtaining my escape.

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