IWSG - First of the New Year!

This post is part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, a bloghop dedicated to writers supporting one another through this crazy thing called 'being a writer'. They're a good bunch - check my buddies out!

In the normal way of the busy holidays, not too much writing has been happening around here lately. I had, of course, hoped to find some quiet time amidst all the hullaballoo, but didn't manage to do so. Somehow days that had no plans ended up being quite busy. (e.g. on Christmas Day when I ended up cantoring at Mass because the usual singer came down with bronchitis! All I have to say about that is thank goodness for Christmas Carols.)

But reading and listening to media definitely happened! I got all of the Harry Potter movies on Bluray as a gift, so we watched several of those, and listened to all of the Serial podcast during our many, many hours of driving. And, my good friend Katie gave me Amy Poehler's Yes Please. I have TORN through this book. She is so heartfelt and of course snarky, and just incredibly honest. 

She spends the entire preface talking about how "Writing is Hard".

This brilliant, successful woman who makes a living by writing hilarious things thinks writing is hard. And then goes on to tell about many of her quirks and stressors related to being a writer. Aaaannnnd of course had me crying tears of laughter while talking about it. So I guess my IWSG this month is again not focused so much on the insecurity part, but more on the support part.

If the inimitable Amy Poehler thinks it's hard, this crazy thing called 'writing' probably is hard. We are totally not alone. She worked her tail off to get where she is, just like all the IWSG'ers out there. So keep at it. 

I bet she'd love IWSG. We should figure out how to get her on this bandwagon. Wouldn't that be fun?

If you could make your writing (or life) stressors into a punchline, what would it be?


  1. I haven't read Amy Poehler... will have to add her to my TBR authors... any recommendations?
    And yes, writing is HARD. Very hard. But I'll hang in there. Persevere.

    Writer In Transit
    January IWSG co-hostess.

  2. Writing is the hardest job you'll ever love. And we do all love it or we would have given up long ago.

  3. It would be awesome to have Amy on board. She is so very hilarious.

  4. HI, A.J.,

    I agree that it is next to impossible to stick with any kind of writing schedule during the holidays.Haven't read anything by Poehler, but you make it sound compelling.

  5. I'm not familiar with Poehler but it would be great to get some high profile writers involved with #IWSG and A to Z.

    Tossing It Out

  6. My writer punchline would be "Thar she blows!"

    I read that Poehler said, "Writing is a nightmare!" She belongs in this group.


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