It’s time for my October contribution to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The questions posed this month to IWSG writers are: How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?
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I consider “major life events” to be things like births, deaths, illnesses, marriages, divorces, starting a new job, losing a job and other events of similar magnitude. Given this definition, I have experienced only one major life event since I began writing novels nearly ten years ago. After being widowed years earlier, I met and married Claudia. This event had a profound effect on my writing and my life.
I’ve chronicled on this blog the role Claudia plays in my writing. Without her personal encouragement and professional editing support, I would not have produced the quantity and quality of writing that I’ve been able to deliver. We enjoy many things together: travel, friends, hiking, our dog Milo, and of course, our family, but writing is something we do on an ongoing basis and occupies a great amount of our time. I’m not sure what would replace this time together if I ever decided to stop writing. Therefore, I probably won’t.
With regard to the second question, I can’t come up with a good example of where writing has helped me through something. I have a good routine and rhythm to my life these days, so there’s not much that I have to “get through.” Writing is something I do because I enjoy it and find it challenging.
I do believe writing helps keep my mind sharp and continues to give me a feeling of accomplishment. Both are important at any age, but especially for someone of my generation.
Many thanks to Dolorah @ Book Lover,Christopher D. Votey, Tanya Miranda, and Chemist Ken for hosting this month’s blog hop. To follow nearly 200 writers participating in this week’s IWSG blog hop, click on the icon below. You can also follow on twitter @TheIWSG or #IWSG.