Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Writing is My Lifeline #IWSG #writingtherapy

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. 
The Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! 
IWSG Asks: How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something? 
Writing has become therapy for me since I was a teenager. My mother died when I was 11 and shortly after that my father abandoned me and my brother. Writing was the only way that I could cope with all the grief. I'd write stories about a girl in a similar situation, but I'd write a happy ending to her story. That was something I couldn't guarantee for myself, but I could in the stories that I wrote.

And recently, after years of trying to help my husband cope with a mental disorder, our marriage has fallen apart. I won't go into the nasty details, but he simply walked out and left. Since I'm a stay-at-home mom, I can't begin to tell you what sort of situation that puts me and my 4 children in. Despite being in an extremely difficult financial situation that often leaves me sleepless at night, I have one thing I can certainly rely on.

My writing.

Even if I don't ever publish another word, I will still write. After all of these years, I know that writing will never leave my life. This year, I focused more on my writing than I had in a long time, loosing myself in other worlds because I needed a respite from my own terrifying troubles. I finished more stories this year than I have in a long time. Three of those stories were recently published in these anthologies; Pirates: A Boys Behaving Badly Anthology, A Wink and a Smile and A Kiss and a Promise.

Writing has always made me feel better, so throughout every major life event, I always fell back to writing like it was my lifeline. Writing has always been like breathing to me. It's the one thing that helps me more than anything else. My only guarantee in a life filled with uncertainties.

And, I hope that one day I can make a decent income with my writing that I can properly support my family. My children deserve better. And, I believe that I deserve to be happy. Right now, more than anything, I want to see my writing career dreams fulfilled. And I'm more determined than ever to see that happen.

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Happy Writing!
~ Tricia 


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your personal problems. But congrats on all the anthologies! Writing can be cathartic and a great lifeline -- I hope that all your writing dreams come true. Happy IWSG day!

    Ronel visiting on Insecure Writer's Support Group day: Course Correction

  2. Hang in there. You're strong and you'll find a way to make your future work.

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  3. A chaotic life must feel like the normal for you. You've written a lot through it all.

  4. Thank goodness you have your writing to help you through the crap life throws at you. I'm sorry about the difficulties you're going through right now. I hope you'll find your way on this journey.

    1. Thanks so much, Diane! Luckily, I'm stubborn and don't give up easily. It's tough, but I'll make it.