It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for another installment of the Insecure Writer's Support Group.
Once again, I am assuming that all who visit this blog are already familiar with the IWSG and all that it does, but for anyone needing or wanting for information, including a complete list of participants, please click on the above link.
This month's amazing co-hosts are: JH Moncrieff, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Jen Chandler, Megan Morgan, and Heather Gardner.
This month's (optional) question asks, "Did you ever say 'I quit'? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?"
I quit a lot. Yearly. Monthly. Weekly. Daily. Even hourly, on occasion.
Because there are days when I can't remember how to construct a sentence. There are days when any sentence I do construct would make a Dick and Jane story look sophisticated. Yesterday, it took me eight hours to write a single paragraph that was only two lines long. There are days when I can't even manage that much. And there are a lot of days when I can't stop thinking that I simply cannot do this writing thing.
So I quit.
I plan to run away and join the circus (even though I have absolutely no skills that could be useful in a circus environment). I plan to be a tap dancer (even though I can't dance). I plan to go back to retail. I plan to do anything other than be a writer (even if my only even remotely marketable skill involves precision folding).
But then—and this is the most important part, I think—I pick up my pen and go back to work.
Because, love it or hate it, writing is what I do.
For anyone who wondered, the title of today's post came from an episode of Survivor. I don't remember the season, but there was this one contestant who decided to quit the game. I think he was the first contestant to just outright quit the game. When pressed by Jeff Probst about his decision, the contestant replied, "You call it quitting, I call it stopping." Which, for some reason, became an oft-quoted line in our household. It just seemed to fit this post.
Of course, it's possible that no one wondered where the title of today's post came from. If that's the case, sorry—my bad.
So what about you? Are you a quitter (or a stopper)? What do you do afterward?
Thanks for stopping by today!