Hi everyone! Today I have a special post as part of the Writers Persevere event that authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are running for the next few days to celebrate their newest book, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma. This book looks at the difficult experiences embedded in our character’s backstory which will shape their motivation and behavior afterward.
To help them celebrate this release, many of us are posting stories about some of the obstacles we’ve overcome as writers. As we all know, this isn’t an easy path. Writing is hard and as writers we tend to struggle with doubt. Sometimes too, we don’t always get the support we need to follow our passion, or we have added challenges that make writing more difficult. Because people are sharing their stories this week about how they worked through these challenges to keep writing, I wanted to post about it too.
My personal story of perseverance effects every aspect of my life. It’s something that I rarely talk about, although those who know me personally know some of what I go through. On April 15, 1993, I was involved in a car accident. Since that moment, I’ve suffered from chronic low back pain. There are days I cannot function, never mind write, but I had a son to raise as a single mother and I had to go to work to support him. I never received a dime from the car insurance company for my pain and suffering. They concluded that my pain could be due to child birth despite the fact that I didn’t have lower back pain until the moment of that accident. I’ve since had four surgeries and still suffer from chronic pain every moment of every day. I’m lucky if I sleep more than an hour at a time without the pain waking me. It becomes a cycle of pain and exhaustion. And still I go to work every day.
When it comes to my writing, sitting at the computer can be a struggle. I have to get up often to move around. It’s impossible not to think about the pain because it’s always there, pulling at you and draining the energy from your body. I lose focus or just can’t keep my mind on the story. But still I write. I may have to force myself to sit and do it, but I do it. I do it because I love writing and I am determined to succeed. I do it because I want to prove that nothing can prevent you from attaining your dreams if you put your mind to it and do the work. I do it because I have a desire to inspire women to overcome their personal tragedies and struggles through my stories.
Maybe that’s what we need as writers to succeed – a drive, a goal with a personal edge that will help us to persevere through the rejections and obstacles. An intimate desire that gives us strength and confidence, that puts us in that chair in front of our computers every day, that encourages us to send out yet another query. Make that drive, that goal, that desire strong enough, personal enough, and we will persevere. Find that inspiration, that motivation that will push you past your fears and limiting beliefs and then get your butt in that chair and do the work.
Do you have a story to share, or some advice for others? You can join Becca and Angela at Writers Helping Writers from October 25-27th, where we are celebrating writers and their stories of perseverance. Stop in, and tell them about a challenge or struggle you faced, or if you like, write a post on your own blog and share it using the hashtag #writerspersevere. Let’s fill social media with your strength and let other writers know that it’s okay to question and have doubts but we shouldn’t let that stop us.
There’s a prize vault filled with items that can give your writing career a boost at Writers Helping Writers.
I would love for one of you to win something that will help you get closer to your goal!
The giveaway is only from October 25-27th, so enter asap. And don’t forget to share this using the #writerspersevere hashtag so more prizes will be awarded!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to purchase my copy of The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma. (I’m so excited for this book!! It’s a resource that should be on every writer’s desk.) And then I’m going to put my butt in my chair and write.