Insecure Writer's Support Group

I forgot to check on the last icon.  I have a feeling it's not only huge but not centered.

But happy October! It's the first Wednesday, and that means it's time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Visit the official website here, and stop by creator Alex J. Cavanaugh's site to catch up with him and the co-hosts for this month.

I'm going to start with this month's question, which I usually forget: How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?

Well, I posted about when my pastor died a couple of years ago. It was around the same time I got my current job, so those were two major life events in the same month. Not much writing happened for me that year.

A year ago, almost exactly, my mom was basically forced to retire from her job, which was in another department where I work, and the anger and bitterness I felt then helped me finally start working on my current project.

I've had several problems with my focus at this job since, to the point where I was put on a performance improvement plan a couple of months ago.

But this past Friday, I accepted a job back with the State, so I will finally be leaving this job I absolutely hate in less than 3 weeks now. I don't know how that will affect my writing, but we will see.

I've been on hiatus for the past few weeks, and I think I'm going to keep it up (except first Wednesdays) until next year. I have a lot of responsibilities after work now, so it's hard to blog on top of everything else. If I have anything particularly interesting to share (the Pitch Wars results are around the corner), I'll let y'all know.


Cathrina Constantine said...

Hi, Deb, nice to meet you. Congrats on getting out of a bad job situation and diving into a new job. Hoping all goes well for you. It is hard to blog with life pushing me away from the computer. I've also been posting on #IWSG days until I find more time. Have a good month!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

So glad you will be leaving that job! Sounds like a lot of trauma is tied to it.
Once a month posting until next year sounds like a good idea.

Sarah Foster said...

Congrats on the new job! It really sucks to have to work at a job you hate. Any time I'm having a bad day at my job now, I just remind myself how much I hated my last job and it doesn't seem so bad.

Tonja Drecker said...

Yay to the new job! It's so draining to have to go to work every day to a place you hate. Congrats!

Debra Renée Byrd said...

Nice to meet you, Cathrina! Thank you! You, too!

Debra Renée Byrd said...

Thank you! Yes, I kept thinking about how much I complained about the job before the last one, and I realized I had it good!

Debra Renée Byrd said...

Thank you!

Chemist Ken said...

Here's hoping that the new job will put you in the proper frame of mind for writing. Nothing worse than a job you hate.