It’s the first Wednesday of June, which means it’s that time again! Come experience the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and all of the unbridled enthusiasm we have to offer. We’re also online with the tag #IWSG or @IWSG
And the question for June 7th is If you ever did stop writing, what would you replace it with?
*Gasp* Stop writing? What would I do without the constant anxiety that I’m not doing enough? Not writing enough words? Not putting-butt-in-chair and fingers-on-keyboard enough? Not spending enough time on social media? Not marketing enough?
What would my life be like without that constant feeling that I know the word, it’s in my head, but the tip of my tongue has forgotten what it tastes like? Where would I be if I wasn’t Googling ‘synonyms for . . . ‘ constantly?
What would I do with all my free time if I wasn’t looking up articles and tips on how to write all the time? My brain would be blissfully ignorant of phrases like ‘filter words’ and ‘show, don’t tell’ and I never would have discovered Chuck Wendig’s kickass writer tips, which would be a shame.
How would the friends in my head feel if I left them all alone? No more daydreaming new scenarios for them? No more adding some complications for them to stumble over? Have I given them enough pain in their metaphorical lives? Have I, really?
Would I want to live free from the stress, the daydreaming, the distractions, the absent-minded banging into things? Who would I be without them?
In the words of the immortal Meryl Streep:
I feel like even if I got rid of my computer and never typed a word on a page again, the characters in my head wouldn’t go anywhere. They would always be living out their stories in my mind, getting to those happily ever afters.
(Honestly though . . . I could do without the marketing)