Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September IWSG


How do you find the time to write in your busy day?
At the moment I'm not writing, but I used to find time to write late at night, when everyone was asleep. Also, weekends used to be my most creative time:) I don't have much of a social life, so that's why weekends worked for me. 

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I'm a little sad today. Due to health reasons, I'm taking a break from writing until I feel better. It scares me. I don't like the idea of not writing. But in truth, I haven't been writing anyway. 

I can't help but wonder, if I take a break from writing, am I still a writer? The answer is I don't know. I have to take this break. I'm getting professional help for my depression and I can't pretend I'm not ill anymore. 

I hope my post doesn't get anyone down today. Wishing you all lots of beauty in your lives and happiness. Thank you so much for all the support and encouragement. 

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  1. I'm sorry your health is challenging you. You wrote this blog post, so you're still writing and thus a writer, right?

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  2. So sorry to hear you're facing what you are! Do you thinking journaling - writing just for yourself - would help at all, maybe give you a place to put some of that pain?

    Hang in there! Sending lots of good thoughts your way....

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    1. Thank you, Madeline. I am doing a lot of writing, as therapy, channeling the pain into my therapy notebook. It is really helping.

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  3. Hi Murees - just glad you are getting help ... I'll be thinking of you. How about writing a blog on something completely different - snippets of South African life ... that's what I did (well English life) ... and the comments really helped - as life was tough ... but I didn't need to tell anyone - I just blogged and kept my brain going ... short and sweet - well they were originally! Look after yourself and whatever is best for you ... Hilary

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    1. Thank you, Hilary. I'm the wrong person to write about South African life. I'm not very adventurous and lots of things currently going on in South Africa is irritating me. Perhaps when I'm in a better mental space.

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  4. Sorry you're not feeling well, but glad you're getting help. I know the actual part of writing can be difficult for you with the pain you're feeling in your hands. Have you ever thought about capturing your thoughts on a recorder so that when you feel like writing, those thoughts are handy. You are indeed a writer, my friend. Keep taking care of yourself and you'll soon be back to creating another book.

    Thoughts in Progress
    and MC Book Tours

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    1. Thank you, Mason. I started using the recorder on my phone. I find it a bit strange, but it definitely makes capturing my thoughts and ideas easier.

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear you're going through this, Murees, but I'm glad that you're getting help.

    You're definitely still a writer, even when you're taking a break from it.

    Hang in there. Sending hugs and good thoughts your way.

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    1. Thank you for the hugs and good thoughts, M.J. I am grateful.

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  6. So sorry Murees. You're still writing because here we are talking to you. Sending you hugs and cheerful thoughts. Hope you feel better soon.

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  7. Even if you never write again, the fact that you did write and even published a novel, means that you will continue to be "a writer."

    Sorry to hear you're going through a hard time. I will reiterate what others have said before, sometimes writing, any writing (like a journal or even blogging) can help through these situations. This book was a big help for me: https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Way-Healing-Telling-Transforms/dp/0807072435

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate the recommendation.

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  8. You're very wise to seek professional help. At some point, you'll know whether you wish to pursue writing. Your heart will know. Please keep in touch. Wishing you all the best. {{{Hugs}}}

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  9. I'm sorry that you haven't been feeling well. And I think it's perfectly fine to take a hiatus from writing. I didn't write for months this past year, because I was so busy with work. It made me wonder if I was a writer too. But the fact that I still wanted to write even after all that time made me think that I still am, just as you will be.

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    1. Thank you. I'm sure I can get to writing when I feel better.

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  10. I hope you feel better soon. I think its fine to take a break. Sometimes the muse needs to recharge to. I deal depression and health issues so I get it. Here is a big HUG, sending prayers your way. Thank you for all the encouragement you have given.

    Get Well Soon,
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  11. Murees, your blog post made me sad - I would do anything to make you feel better, but I'm so glad you've recognised that you need to seek help - a lot of people aren't strong enough to do that (or to write about it publicly!). Of course you're still a writer - even when you're not writing, writing is still in your veins. It will still be there for you, when you decide you're ready to get back to it.
    I'm wishing you all the best, and I sincerely hope you feel better soon. I know I haven't been around so much lately, but you know exactly where I am, if you ever need anything :)

    Rachel x

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  12. I really hope you get exactly what you need to feel better soon. And I do believe time doesn't stop you from what you love to do...write.

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  13. You are absolutely still a writer. Nothing wrong with taking a break . . . your health should come first!

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  14. ALWAYS. We all have seasons where we're prolific, and seasons we wish we were. Rest, don't stress, and let things come into play naturally. You deserve it.

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  15. I'm so sorry you are struggling so much but glad you are getting the help you need. I know how hard it is to go and do that. I have problems with depression myself and haven't been writing lately either. You are definitely still a writer!! You will get back to where you want to be in time.

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    1. Thank you, Julie. I'm sorry you have to battle depression too.

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  16. I'm sorry to hear about the depression, but glad you're getting help with it. It's truly a debilitating thing. Please take the break with no guilt. You have to take care of yourself first.

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  17. Oh, Murees,
    If I were near you we would go for a coffee at a nice Cafe. Of course, you are a writer. That is so obvious to me and you're a writer whether you or writing or not writing. A doctor doesn't stop being a doctor just because he is not attending patients, for whatever reason he or she may have. They are still a doctor, and so yes you are still a writer. Don't let the fear of not being a writer beat you over the head.

    Right now, you're doing what you know you have to do. I am proud of you. Keep walking until you see the light.
    I am thinking of you.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat Garcia

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    1. Thank you so much, Pat. Your support helps.

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  18. Hi Murees.
    I'm so sorry to hear you're struggling with health issues.
    You ARE and will ALWAYS be a writer! Never forget that.
    Geographically, I'm closest to you, so I'm sending hugs and a boost of positivity all the way to your end of the country.
    ((((HUGS))))

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. I appreciate the hugs.

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  19. I concur with Alex. I'm virtually holding you in my arms!!!! Depression episodes wreck havoc with many wonderful people that I know. Take care and keeping you in my prayers.

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  20. I'm glad to hear you are getting help. That is what is most important right now. Of course you are still a writer! It's not what you do it's who you are! And when you feel better, you will return to writing.

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  21. Of course you're still a writer! Sorry to hear about your health, but it's nice to take a break from writing and fill up the well -- read more, get out in nature, whatever inspires you :-)

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