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#IWSG How Writing Cures What Ails Me

writers groupThis post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.

This month’s question — How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?

At my age, I don’t have a lot of ‘major life events’ anymore but writing has helped me through something. As ugly as the news is these days, I often turn off the TV and turn on my computer. The fictional world of my novel allows me to escape, emotionally and mentally. For hours, I lose myself in my characters and immerse myself in their world, in the past (I write historical fiction), traveling with them, solving those problems.

Thanks to writing, I get my shine back. It is a feeling like no other. Better than chocolate.

More IWSG articles:

What publishing path and why

Pitfalls to Publishing

Steps taken for my writing and publishing

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and Born in a Treacherous Timefirst in the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today and TeachHUBmonthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. Look for her upcoming trilogy, Crossroads, eta Spring 2019.


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  6. The things that compel me to write the most are major life events. The best writing I do comes from major life events. If I’m not emotionally connected to what I’m writing about, it doesn’t come easily and it doesn’t read well. Writing is my favorite mode of expression and my favorite form of therapy.

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    • I think those are the most powerful writing. The emotion and memories from major life events are like nothing that can come even from a creative mind. Plus, I think it helps to think those events through, if needed. I think my life is too boring for any sort of big events!


  7. Writing is a savior, a salve, a salvation to me in many ways. Yes, when the outside world turns too ugly, I return to my inside world, the world of my characters, of the world I create in my notebook and laptop. There, I find myself.

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  8. I guess I’m a little wonky. I take to the garden or outdoors to process whatever is happening. It seems to give me perspectives that I don’t see when I’m wallowing in whatever is betraying my soul. (Maybe it’s that “Time heals…thing?)
    From there, I journal those conflicting thoughts. I find I often turn back to my journals when a character is reacting, pondering, or condemning. It helps me remember the craziness I was feeling at the moment.
    At the risk of sounding pedantic….I read that science has found that personal writing accelerates healing–even from physical injury like heart surgery or hip replacement, so…as you point out….let the healing begin…let us write.

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  9. “At my age, I don’t have a lot of ‘major life events’ anymore…” made me chuckle, Jacqui! 🙂
    You’re so right – there is far too much negativity in the news. Thank goodness I’m not really a TV person. I prefer to lose myself in a good novel!
    Hope you’re well!!

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  10. Yes, writing heals. Writing helps not to become a robot. It had helped me through all the difficulties life threw at me, one by one. Problems of adapting with the crowd in school. Starting work and night courses Uni in the same day. Family conflicts, and so on.

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  11. I can see what you are saying in this terrifying century. I’m not sure my writing is an escape – more like a distraction from my ills. Perhaps, I tend to write too realistic scenarios even when being speculative. To escape I read or game.

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  12. Hi, Jacqui. I agree that writing is a great escape from harsh reality. Although, this spring and summer life has gotten in the way for me. I hope to get back to writing soon.

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  13. Hi Jacqui – I need to stay away from ‘rubbish’ … but I like to keep up with various things and do – and switch off when necessary … I’ve been listening to the World Service BBC radio a great deal out here … the tv isn’t much! I just need the positive input in life – which I get here with you … take care and cheers Hilary

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  14. Escape is what I need and writing is definitely a great tool for just that! I used to use it every night. Lately, life has taken away a lot of that evening time. I need a special space to call my own to write in. I think that would be a big help.

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  15. I stopped watching any news. Now I find reading it is about all I can take; my brain can process it better that way and scribbling in the margins (even of the newspaper) gives me a sense of control–false, but comforting.

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    • Yes, it does. That might be why my historical fiction has obsessed me lately. It is a lot of research, but in the end, I must build a believable world. Good luck with your upcoming big changes! I know they will work out for the best.


  16. Jacqui, I do not even turn the TV on during the day! I’m at the computer typing away! No distractions or negative world comes into the writing room! Only my two doggies are allowed. Well, the Muse (Charlotte, the librarian-type) is already there and not taking a break until lunchtime. Happy Writing! 📚🎶 Christine

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    • My husband has it on much of the day (stock market and stuff). It has become like white noise to me. But, it does distract me when I’m walking around (which I try to do every 15-30 minutes).

      I’m jealous of your two dogs. How wonderful.

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  17. Jacqui,

    I just don’t know what to make of you with you saying writing is better than chocolate. *shake head* Plunging into yourself into your own fantasy world through your writing is a great way to escape the dread that reality shadows you with and that’s probably why I enjoy expressing myself the way I do in Blogosphere. I’m finally beginning to experience more creative writing than I have in many years which I very much want to get back into. I don’t think it’ll lead me down the road to writing a novel but if I can exercise my imagination then my euphoria returns. That’s something no one can take away from me and it makes my world a better place. 🙂

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    • Being creative is a struggle for many–no doubt. But the dividends it pays–as you allude to–are much more far-reaching than a simple novel.

      And the chocolate–since it gives me headaches, that’s not as big a deal for me as for 98% of the world. I just figured it would resonate!


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