September – IWSG – The Proverbial Brick wall

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Many Thanks to my friend, Patricia Garcia, who invited me to join the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, started by Alex Cavanaugh. This month’s question is “How do you find time to write during your busy day?”  Good question!

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Have you ever crashed into a “brick wall” that decimated your car or bike or even you?  Or have you ever had a horrific surgery where you struggled to recover?  Did it take you a while to build your nerve and strength back to get moving again?  What did it take for you to stop being afraid, or to take action to recover?

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I have hit that “proverbial brick wall!”  It is the blank wall sitting in front of my computer.  My mind is void of thoughts, dreams, or craziness.  How do I revive my interest in writing?  How do I push to rework my stories?  This year has been exhausting for me as I have been caregiving for my husband since Christmas, and we had to move. I haven’t recovered yet!

Now, I keep busy driving my husband to doctors’ appointments as he can’t drive.  Additionally, now I have doctors’ appointments for me.  I’m driving from one end of the county to the other end.  I’m busy singing “On the Road Again.”  When I arrive home I’m mentally and physically exhausted.  Plus, old age is attacking me and I’m in serious pain, as my hips are attempting to divorce me and run away on their own.

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I do have one constructive job. I have been asked to be on the “Street Team” for one of my author friends.  I’m enjoying reading her latest book that will be published in December, so I’ll look forward to writing a positive review.  So my writing is responding to the IWSG question this month and writing a book review.

Somehow I need to set some goals for me… AND follow though!

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About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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21 Responses to September – IWSG – The Proverbial Brick wall

  1. Susan Scott says:

    A heart felt post Gwynn … I sense your frustration and pain in it. But somehow among all the frustrations of caring for you husband and for yourself, you managed to put up this post and you’ll be doing a review for an author friend. One step at a time …

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Yes, I am frustrated. I have so many productive writer friends around me and I can’t even sit down to rework any of my stories. It is like I have lost heart or interest. I even wonder if I should even keep my blog up as I’m not doing anything that pays for it. But, I do enjoy reading. I especially enjoy my friends’ books, so maybe writing review will be my only writing for awhile. We’ll see.

      I’m not very patient when it comes to dealing with ME! 😉

      Thanks for your support and friendship! You are a wonderful friend. Heck, maybe you can knock some sense into my crazy head! 😉

  2. pat garcia says:

    Hello My Dear Friend,
    You have already started. At the moment, you are doing what you can do and that is write a monthly IWSG article and read and review a book for another fellow author. Sometimes things happen that make us slow down. We don’t go as fast as we normally do. Hang in there! Things will change. Just relax and do what you can, one day at a time.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat Garcia

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Dear Pat, you are so wonderful about supporting your fellow writers AND finding time to write. I don’t know how you do it!

      Yes, I think it is going to take some time for me to get back into my writing chair. I probably should work at doing some of the creative writing exercises as maybe that might jump-start my brain. However, in the meantime, I’m actively enjoying reading books… ahhhh, the peace and quiet. Heck, I can even nap.

      Thanks for your support, Dear Friend!

  3. Jenni Enzor says:

    I’ve walked through times too where it’s really difficult to write at all. It’s okay to let your own writing take a back seat for awhile. It always comes back. I still remember going through a difficult time (my son had two surgeries close together) and only being able to write in my journal, “I can’t write today.” Eventually the clouds lifted and I found my inspiration again. In fact, I think I was more inspired after walking through that valley.
    I agree with what the others have said–celebrate what you have accomplished this month!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Thanks Jenni for your comments. Sadly, I spend more time playing Solitaire on the computer. I tried to work on a couple of stories and my brain froze. It is like I’m numb. I’m wondering what happened to my interest in life. As I mentioned, caregiving for my husband exhausted me. Plus, in moving to this small apartment, I don’t have a private place to write. Time, when I could be writing is when my husband has the TV going and my computer is across a small living room from the TV.

      I drag myself out of bed. When I go for my walks… that is MY time to rejuvenate, be social, and add peace to my life, but I come home to run errands or start meals. It is difficult being kind to myself as I see these other wonderfully driven women and I’m simply not there. However, I never wanted to be a writer when I grew up… it was something I started late in life. I hope I can bring myself back to being interested in writing.

      I’m glad that your clouds lifted and your inspiration returned. I also hope your son is healthy and doing well.

      Thanks for your support.

  4. Karen Lynn says:

    I hope things get better soon, and I’m cheering you on for all kinds of productivity and enthusiasm. Happy IWSG day!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Karen, Thanks for cheering for me. Very slowly life is improving… but I was hoping for improvement at WARP speed. Now, I simply need to work at creating some inspiration for me. Heck, my granddaughters will be here this weekend… maybe that is what I need! Thanks for taking the time to stop and comment!

  5. Leigh Caron says:

    Hi! Thanks for your comments on my blog. I can SO relate to your time problems, a painful hip (I’m having surgery in November)…and taking care of a sick husband. I don’t know where inspiration comes from or when it will decide to come to me. I sit at my computer every morning at 4:30 (it’s the only time I have to myself), and sometimes I’m inspired to write, and other times I play Spider Solitaire. If nothing else, playing that game soothes me. The one thing that motivates me is “running out of time.” I’m sixty-seven and I keep asking myself, “If not now, when? When I’m ninety?” Sometimes writing is just plugging along and knowing my writer friends are doing the same. Life is hard, writing is hard…and I take joy seriously. I wish I had magical words to inspire, but…I just plug along. Take care. LOve your blog.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      You and I seem to have a LOT in common. I just turned 67 too. Like you I sit and play Solitaire for hours. I have tried to sit and work on my writing but nothing appears. Yes, I write my writer friends. I will be reviewing one of my friend’s new book for Goodreads, etc., but that is the extent of my writing. I keep hoping that some form of inspiration will jump out at me and gnaw on my brain… or even my foot. I so love hearing that someone is in the same boat WITH me. Thanks so much for commenting! You are a GEM!

  6. Ashen says:

    You could try and write Haiku for a while …

    Jane Reichhold’s many wonderful elaborations on Haiku may inspire:

  7. Oh, those times when things just don’t want to fall in place … I go through them often. Lately, more so, it seems. Sorry to hear it’s not a smooth ride yet, but glad you’re taking proactive steps to be part of groups and help friends. Sometimes, that’s all it takes for the internal fire to get going. And goals, yes, as you mention. You’ll get there, I know it. Hugs.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      I’m laughing…. there may be a benefit to my wearing hearing aids. Since my computer is on one wall of the living room and the TV is on the wall opposite my computer, maybe if I take out my hearing aids the TV won’t disturb my concentration.

      You are lucky to have a family to keep you busy, but as you say “When do you have time to write?” Just keep in mind that school has started… you have a little quiet time built in now. Good Luck finding it! Big Hugs back at you!

  8. Hi Gwynn,

    I have nominated you for this year’s Liebster Award. If you decide to accept, the instructions are at my blog website:


  9. Bren Murphy says:

    HI Gywnn,
    I have found that the best way for me to maintain a consistent writing practice is to start early in the day and drink plenty of water! Sounds simple but often the best habits are! Love reading your blog!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Hi Bren,

      I’m chuckling! You definitely are a healthy writer! I drink a LOT of water, but the bathroom is directly across from my desk. Living in a small apartment doesn’t leave much room for thought! 😉 I was in a pretty bleak place this month, so I didn’t post for IWSG as I should have. However, maybe I can get away with a double whammy. I was nominated for the Liebster Award, so I actually am responding to the questions. I was just about to post when I found your comment. You are GREAT… I’ll go check out your blog in a minute. I have to hit return first! Thanks! Gwynn

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