If I had to describe myself, it would be in a word that has many meanings with a complexity which falls off the tongue.
A word made up of many elements, is deceptive in appearance, and creates an illusion from the imagination.
My word would be Phantasmagoric. ~Summer Ross

Monday, October 22, 2012

Writers Therapy Blogfest post

Today is Writers Therapy Blog hop

The rules:
 To participate in the blog hop, follow these simple steps.
1. Write a post about what you use as your writing therapy (pinterest, chocolate, a TV show, book, ect) and how it helps you.
2. Pick a Writer Therapy badge and add it to your blog sidebar.
3. Have your blog post go up on the morning of October 22, 2012. We’ll post a new blog entry here early that morning with links.
4. If you sign up for the blog hop, make sure you comment on at least 5 other blogs on October 22.



My writing therapy boils down to two things. 

1) reading- this helps my inspiration low because I'm getting new input from a different writer and it also helps me escape the confines of my own writing and what might be ailing me.

2) my writer friends/critiquing. Friends are great for getting stuff off my chest, bouncing ideas, and critiquing their work to take my mind off mine. They are a great source for inspiration or procrastination depending on the perception of it all.  

Do you escape by book?
Are friends procrastination or inspiration for your writing?

Happy Writing!


24 comments:

Jamie Krakover said...

Nothing like a good book to take your mind to another place :) And Friends are the best distraction. Especially writer buddies because they get it :) I love reading my critique partners work. It's always so refreshing :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My critique partners are always giving me new ideas!

Ae Grace (Abigail) said...

Yes, I do. I find reading a great way to get over the writing woes or to relieve stress. It sure helps me, at least. :)

Natasha Hawkins said...

Reading definitely is therapy...for writing...for everything. Thanks for sharing.

You can find my writing therapy at:
http://www.greeneyesandfreckles.blogspot.com

Natasha

Karen lee Hallam said...

These sound like the perfect escape and refueling techniques. I think you got it down. :) And you are doing your "homework" --which is what i tell my kids, when I need them to bug off.

Old Kitty said...

Reading books by fave authors are wonderful for inspiration!! And good friends much as you love em are a fab distraction for me! LOL! Take care
x

Katie Teller said...

Reading is great, it can inspire and motivate. Friends are also fantastic at this!

Aspiring Author said...

Ah, yes, reading. It's amazing that I read MORE when I am writing, rather than less. As for friends, most just look at me like I am weird when I say I am writing. Cheers!

Rhiann Wynn-Nolet said...

Yes, both those things work for me too sometimes. Nothing like a great CP...

Kevin said...

My critique group is definitely my biggest Therapy.

I need to read more...

TV is NOT one for me. It's more like a creative sucking box of doooom! (I noticed that Chersti used TV as an example in the rules...)

Kevin said...

My critique group is definitely my biggest Therapy.

I need to read more...

TV is NOT one for me. It's more like a creative sucking box of doooom! (I noticed that Chersti used TV as an example in the rules...)

Kelley Harvey said...

Yes! There are days I'd rather be a reader than a writer, so much easier and less stressful. However, those voices inside my head (not the mental illness kind, the creative kind) won't leave me be.

My friends are a great get away and often they do inspire me.

Writer Therapy said...

I don't know how I would survive the writing world without my awesome critique group - so friends is a definite Writer Therapy for me! I hit a rough chapter this past few weeks, and every night that week I was on the phone with one of my critique group, getting ideas or just complaining about my dumb chapter. FINALLY the whole thing is resolve, thank goodness.

~Chersti Nieveen

Sarah J. said...

Love reading. We wouldn't be writers if we didn't love reading! A writer has two kinds of friends: writing friends and non-writing friends. Writing friends inspire and non-writing friends distract. But BOTH are important to a writer's therapy!

Kathleen said...

Crit partners are pretty awesome for getting out of a funk=) Stopping by from the blog hop and wanted to say I love your blog!

LTM said...

sometimes books inspire me--other times they make me flail and decide I have to quit because I'll "never write something that good ever." LOL! :D

but I love escaping in books. And I love spending time with friends. So I guess yes is my answer... :o) <3

Ellie Garratt said...

Reading is a definite for me. I sometimes wonder if I should just read all the time and not write. But those characters keep calling me back to the keyboard!

Cheetah said...

I always have a good book! Nothing like a good book...

Tina said...

Critique partners are something I'm currently struggling with. I have an MFA (don't hold it against me!) but my friends from that program are all non-fiction writers as my focus at that time was creative non-fiction. While I still write and love writing creative non-fiction (mostly travel writing), I'm currently writing a YA novel.

Reading is homework--the really enjoyable kind!

The Golden Eagle said...

I love reading for inspiration. Helps cut down on the TBR list as well!

Lissa Cori Bair Combs said...

Completely agree! Good books are great for sparking inspiration. There are several authors I read who are great at making my figurative writing better.
Thank you for your insight, I enjoyed reading about your therapies!

Carolyn V said...

I totally love to escape by book! A really, really good book! ;)

Michael Di Gesu said...

Those would be mine as well Summer.

Reading and inspiration from our blogger community had helped me tremendously with my journey in writing.

M Pax said...

I have a friend I write long rambling emails to when I get stuck. Usually, I work it out before I hit send. Not always, though. Other writers to bounce ideas off of are great, too.

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