Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Giveaway Winners & Insecure Writers' Support Group

First up, the two winners of the Book Lovers’ Giveaway:

Unabridged Bookshelf & Primrose

You have 48 hours to contact me at isis@isisrushdan.com to claim your prize.

Congratulations!!



Now, the monthly post for the Insecure Writers’ Group started by the awesome Alex J. Cavanaugh.

As writers our craft and our characters can sometimes consume us. We get so caught up in patching a plot hole, figuring out how to create deeper conflict, layering more emotion, finding the perfect word, finding an elusive unicorn (aka Agent), or selling to a publishing house that we forget the most important thing of all. Writing is not your life. Or at least I hope it isn’t.

For some, it is an outlet for creativity. For others, it is a calling. Either way, when you’re feeling insecure about your process, your pages, or your future as a writer, don’t forget to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

Last week a friend of mine, a fellow writer, lost her husband. He was sick and she had a difficult year spending lots of time in the hospital. Losing a spouse is never easy, but it is definitely harder around the holidays.

When I heard the news, my heart broke for her and I reached out as soon as I could. It also reminded me of what’s most important in my life, what my priorities are and how to put my insecure moments in perspective relative to the bigger picture.

Does counting your blessings instead of your problems help to lighten your load of troubles? If not, then what does?

To access the rest of the blogs participating in the support group, click HERE.

25 comments:

  1. That is putting it in perspective!
    Writing is not my life. It's a part, but not all consuming. Balance is important. And the people in our lives are the most important.
    So sorry for your friend's loss.

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  2. For me it's a constant reminder to look at the world around me. Especially my kids who are growing up so fast. And a reminder helps. =)

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  3. congrats to the winners

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  4. So sorry for you friend. Counting our blessings - and taking time to enjoy them - is much more important.

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  5. I count and thank God for my blessings every day. I KNOW it could be worse...I've been there.

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  6. Thanks for reminding me that my problems today are very small. I was feeling a wee bit sorry for myself because my morning commute of 1 hour turned into 2.5 hours (snow). I'm lucky to have a car, my health, my family...yeah. I'm blessed.

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  7. What a great reminder! Writing can be a very consuming, and emotionally draining profession. It's so important to remember to keep it in perspective.

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  8. Sometimes counting my blessings does, but usually it's a kick in the ass that works the best for me. I'm a competitive person, and the right words from the right person can boot me out of a hole faster than anything else.

    However, I do remind myself that somewhere out there, someone always has it worse than I do, and I'm grateful for what I have!

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  9. Hello Isis!
    Yes, counting your blessings, really stopping to examine what matters, what will matter in the long run, helps me put things in perspective. When I lament that I'm not published yet, that I don't write as often as I "should", I have to step back, observe, ask, "Why not?" If it's because I'm lazy, ok. Get busy! If it's because I'm busy living, well, that's ok.

    Thanks for a great post!
    Jen

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  10. I certainly count my blessings. I'm reminded time and again that writing is not my life. I have put off writing on so many occasions to deal with other things and I don't stop to realize that is the biggest reason as to why I don't crank out stories faster than the energizer bunny. I often wonder how other authors do it, but then I realize... what a sacrifice to family and other things that should be more important. I really don't want to move THAT quickly.

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  11. It certainly is important to count your blessings. Too many people focus on the negative things, but those won't help us get through the hard times.

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  12. I'm behind in everything writing related and a whole bunch of stuff non-writing related. Trying desperately to get on top of things. But this morning I took a couple hours and went to the mall where my grandson's middle school band was doing a holiday performance. No one in this world may ever remember me for my writing, but I believe he'll remember I always tried to be there for him.

    Just got to keep it all in perspective.

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  13. I have to say writing is a pretty big priority in my life. I put it ahead of a lot of stuff. But my family is most important, especially when it comes to my son. :)

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  14. Counting my blessings most definitely lightens a load. It could always be worse. All you have to do is look around.

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  15. Oh, yes, yes, yes! Counting my blessings is the one thing that keeps me from sometimes falling completely into the dumps. I focus on what I do have rather than what I don't. In today's economy, that's an easy thing for me. Though times are tough for me, it could be so much worse.

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  16. My heart goes out to your friend. You are so right. We have to keep everything in perspective and learn to appreciate what we have.

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  17. Counting blessings is definitely preferable to getting weighed down with troubles, but sometimes it all seems all so overwhelming. It all passes, but the difficult times seem to last so much longer than the good ones. Losing a loved one can really bring about a refocus on what's important in life.


    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  18. counting my blessing is not a cure but it is a good reminder that things could be far far worse.

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  19. It is often when someone close to us passes or someone close to someone we know passes, it can't be helped to take stock. Once that happens, you have to realize what's worth getting an ulcer for. Then you realize...living isn't about worrying or nagging an ulcer into existence...but just living and thriving.

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  20. Oh, I count my many blessings every day. I'd be a mess if I didn't. I am very thankful for all that I have. Life is good and God has been very good to me!

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  21. What a great post, Isis! Counting my blessings is something I'm working hard to focus on, I've had a bad habit of focusing on what's wrong instead of what's right. Recently I've realized I have a multitude of blessings to be thankful for.

    Thanks for this great post, and I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend's husband. Something like that can sure put things in perspective in a hurry.

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  22. Hey, Isis, it's easy to get so wrapped up in our goals that we lose sight of the things that are important. I get around that by giving thanks each day for all that I have. My condolences to your friend and her family.

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  23. I love my writing but there are definitely other things - people - that are more important.

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  24. I do find counting my blessings helpful in not focusing on the negative. Just before Christmas my sons were driving through the mountains on an icy road. The car slid into a guardrail, the car was hurt but they were not. Due to the fact that they were not hurt made Christmas even more meaningful this year. Thanks for sharing in your post!

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