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Writing Through the Uncertainty


I’ve heard plenty of writers say they do their best work when they’re going through loss and hardship. There’s something cathartic, after all, in getting it all out there. Putting pain on paper seems to distance us from it, at least a little. Writing can put things in perspective and let us see our thoughts more clearly.

And then there is 2016. A year of upheaval at levels many of us have never experienced. Yet one might say that most of what has happened isn’t quite personal enough. Things like the deaths of so many beloved celebrities, and a 70-year-old toddler getting closer by the day to running the White House, affect us but they don’t. I realize there are many out there who have experienced the rise of Trump as a personal change in their lives, however I can only speak from the sidelines in Canada on this. Despite the distance, I’m still quivering in fear.

Will the upheaval end with the new year? Probably not. It feels somewhat delusional to believe the number 2017 is mystical enough to somehow make the aging celebrities we all love and cherish immortal.

All this up-in-the-air-ness makes it hard for me to write. I’ve spent the last couple of days trying to figure out why, and all I can come up with is that I have no idea what I’m looking forward to. When I’m grieving, I have an idea. Though depressing, I at least know the person or thing I’m grieving for is gone. Would I trade this uncertainty for the absoluteness of grief? No way. But I still have to find a way to proceed with things as they are.

So, I look back on what made me begin writing in the first place. Just as reading is an escape for so many millions of people, writing is mine. When I’m in a world of my own creation, I’m not here. True, I’m not always certain where my characters are going, but I can live with that. Their adventures, even if disastrous, will not change my life for the worse.

I also feel I must write for all those millions (I should be so lucky to have that many people read me, so let’s say a few of those millions) who need the escape I provide. And lastly, I need to write to know that I’m not alone. And to let others who feel the way I do that they’re not alone.

I need to get back to writing daily. Writing on this blog, that is. I’ve never really stopped; I’m three days away from writing a post for every day of this year on my fiction blog. It’s all that has kept me sane at times.

My new beginning will be Just Jot It January. If I can keep up with that, at least I’ll have the first 31 days of the new year covered. Even if I can’t put my own head-salad into perspective, maybe I can help other people escape theirs for a few minutes a day.

Who’s with me?

Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

25 thoughts on “Writing Through the Uncertainty

  1. Wishing you a very Happy New Year Linda. ❀


  2. I don’t consider myself a writer but I like to write and read. I read much more in 2016 but not much “of substance”. I can live with that. I definitely need to get back into the habit of writing regularly. Just Jot it January may be a good way to start. (Or even just posting a SoCS every week!) Happy New Year.


    • If you write, you’re a writer. πŸ™‚ I hope you will kick-start your year with JusJoJan. And SoCS will still be there too.
      Thanks so much for sharing, Wendy. Happy New Year to you! πŸ˜€


  3. I am with you too Linda. I find that blogging helps me in so many ways, the interaction with others, stretching my mind to try new challenges, and honing my skills to name but a few. You have certainly been part of that process by hosting such interesting challenges, that I enjoy participating in. πŸ™‚ Thank youπŸ’–


  4. Reading and writing are beneficial to me. Reading helps with my anxiety and writing isn’t just therapeutic, it is necessary. A personal issue concerning life devoured my energy and my desire to read. Before that, I let a handful of rejections letters suck the joy of writing out of me.
    Reading frequently again is keeping my anxiety levels manageable. Since I have been writing again, I feel more life myself. My overall attitude disposition has improved.


  5. I participated in last years ‘Just Jot It January’ and while I am not sure I can commit to being a guest blogger, I think I am going all in as a participant!


  6. Writing and reading is a kind of therapy, Linda. It works well. I look forward to visiting here and taking you up on your weekly challenges in 2017.


  7. “70 year old todder…” This made me chuckle really loudly. He really is a large,spoiled, cranky little ass isn’t he?

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  8. Writing is definitely an outlet for me and has indeed kept me sane, but also driven me insane when no matter how much I struggle I can’t get the ideas flying around in this head of mine on paper. Sometimes, very few times in all honestly, the words flow easily, but mostly it’s a struggle. Always worth it though.

    If there is anything certain in this world it’s that things will always change. All we can do is be grateful for what we have, enjoy the beauty of everyday life and thank God for the freedoms we have just for living in countries that prioritize this.

    Everything is gonna be fine and if not you can bet we will here about first here on WordPress. πŸ™‚


  9. I’m with you, Linda. At times, writing is all that has kept me sane for many reasons, the uncertainty in the world being one of them. I do blog almost every day and I’m writing a novel. Let’s make a pact to write every day.


  10. Ho, Linda. Rest easy. I’m one of the majority in this country who think we may be given a new shot at recovery! On the opposite pole from you. We are in very troublesome times internationally. Pretending that we couldn’t see did no good as thousands have been killed while we “contained” ISIS. But our fair POTUS got on the move today. Talk about tempest in a teapot! What isn’t a tempest in the teapot is turning our back on Israel yesterday! Dear, dear. Well, something will change! I hope for the better. Meanwhile, I continue to enjoy your posts and challenges! Thanks.


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