Frequently Asked Question: What Would Make You Quit Writing?

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, so it’s time for a question from the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

This question sounded familiar, so I went back into my archives and found an IWSG question with a very similar theme. Here’s a quote from that post which will answer this month’s question:

What happened was this:  I was a newspaper editor, which was the job I had aimed for with my career since I was 18 years old.  I had just written my first book, a work for hire called Born of War … Dedicated to Peace.  I had been assured that my role on the military base was safe, but that had proven untrue; the organization for which I worked was being inactivated.  The Dept. of Defense had found me another job, but it was one in a role I hadn’t held for well over a decade … and for a boss who turned out to be abusive.  That’s a story for another time.

To make a long story very short, I stopped thinking of myself as a writer, because my day job no longer entailed developing stories, researching the news, and all of the other things that I thought made me a writer.  I didn’t pick up the proverbial pen again for almost a decade.

So, now you know.

7 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Question: What Would Make You Quit Writing?

  1. I’m sorry you had such a negative experience on-the-job. I can see where that would discourage one from writing. So glad you persisted. Refound you through IWSG. Keep up the hard work and enjoy yourself!


  2. I also believe that if you write, you are a writing. I also believe that writing happens all the time, even when the pen is nowhere near the page. Keep your words flowing, and all will be well witht the world. 🙂

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