Wednesday, June 7, 2017


This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as the Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by the one and only, Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers—insecure or not—please join us. It happens the first Wednesday of each month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated.

This month’s question? Did you ever say, “I quit”? 
If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?
Quit writing?
But I have quit a manuscript.
But not for long because
It was painfully annoying
And the guilt was killing me.
Manuscript: Hey Em! Why are you putting me away?
I don’t want to be put into a file.
Me: It won’t be for long.
Manuscript: I don’t want to be forgotten like all those poems you’ve written and haven’t looked at again.
Me: I just lost passion for them. Got insecure. I promise
I’ll bring you out again.
A few months went by
Manuscript: Hey Em! Remember me?
Me: Oh hi, manuscript.
Manuscript: See! You did forget about me. Didn’t you ever wonder how I was doing? Didn’t you care that I might have felt abandoned? Lonely?
Me: Well now that  you mention it, yeah I did wonder.
Manuscript: Then take me out. Give me life again.
And I did. 
Because the guilt I felt for abandoning my manuscript. . .
Wasn't worth it. 
And actually I am in the process of working on the query for the manuscript to send to agents. . .
Yet again! Lord help me!!
What about you?
 Ever abandon a manuscript?
Did you feel guilty?



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You came back to it - great!
I feel guilty for abandoning an idea since it might be the only one I'll have for a while.

C.D. Gallant-King said...

Oh I just feel guilty all the time. It has nothing to do with writing specifically. :-P

Tyrean Martinson said...

Yes and yes! I have at least four projects "in the hiatus/waiting time" while I work on my current WIP. I keep meaning to go back to them because the characters live in my head. Someday ....

Deniz Bevan said...

You're right, I might not have quit, but I do have some very lonely manuscripts clamouring for my attention. I can feel the characters calling to me and I have to keep telling them to wait and be patient!

A. B. Keuser said...

Sometimes we need a break. And sometimes, the work doesn't let us do even that. Happy writing!

Kyra Lennon said...

I have abandoned one manuscript for the first time ever because the plot wasn't working for me. I suspect it will get broken into pieces and used in other books lol

Karen Jones Gowen said...

I've abandoned manuscripts for different reasons, usually because I decide I just don't want to work on that particular story. Writing a book takes immense time and effort, and I see no reason to pursue a project that no longer interests me. Not to say I won't go back to it at some time in the future.