Why It’s Been Hard to Write

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8 Responses

  1. Patrick Powers says:

    Just a comment for support. Happy to be one of the ten.

  2. Lindsey Fitzharris says:

    One of ten, here! I miss your entries but completely understand the need to step back. You have to put your own mental health first. I’m glad you’ve found a supportive community. Let me just say though that being a writer isn’t what you do but who you are. I’ve always felt you were a writer. A brilliant one. Don’t give it up indefinitely. The world needs writers more than ever.

    • Dan says:

      Your support has always meant the world to me, Lindsey. Having your book on my shelf of my recent reads always motivates me to continue believing hard work pays off. It also gives me nightmares that I was born 150 years ago and will die from infection – so thanks for that too 🙂

      Definitely not giving up or stepping away for too long. I have three binders full of character maps, scene outlines, and notes. I’m hoping to get it done this year. As a recent teacher told me, just the hard part left!

      But to work on mental health and just life in general, I really wanted to express gratitude as I sat last night. I’m trying not to get pulled into the spirals of political Twitter or really just Twitter in general! Negativity spirals me really fast and focusing on good gets me out.

      And I honestly did not think I would get it from a group designed to play some games, learn trivia tactics, and hopefully help all of us get on Jeopardy! one day. But I did. It’s a really cool feeling.

  3. Mike Mullins says:

    Your writing has always been a source of delight and enlightenment and an example of thoughtful analysis. It is normal to be discouraged at times when expectations are not met. You just have to remember the advise I’ve given Amanda and her brother Andrew….( and probably Dave as well)………..the world is full of assholes and at any given time you might be face to face with one. Hang in there. I would miss your thoughtful discourse.
    Mike Mullins

    • Dan says:

      Definitely not giving up or too worried about expectations. It’s far more that something else is bringing me joy right now instead of writing or the things I have generally written about. I just highly doubt 2020 will be a year where politics fills me with anything but constant dread and fear. Instead, I wanted to write a bit of gratitude to my new friends and lay out what’s been going on to those of you that have been reading this page since I started and explain why 2019 was pretty sparse and what’s going in in early 2020.

  4. Elaine Mcdonald says:

    Glad you found a group that is fun and supportive. I read your emails but rarely comment. I agree about politics today. Politics were always bad however, it does seem more people can gang up now on social media. My husband and I try to block all the obvious web sites on social media our relatives and friends repost as a way of shutting it out. Keep working on your book and I hope to read it someday.

  5. Elaine Mcdonald says:

    Glad you found a group that is fun and supportive. I read your emails but rarely comment. I agree about politics today. Politics were always bad however, it does seem more people can gang up now on social media. My husband and I try to block all the obvious web sites on social media our relatives and friends repost as a way of shutting it out. Keep working on your book and I hope to read it someday. This website doesn’t let me post a comment using my email that I posted from a long time ago so trying a different email.

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