I Know No Other Way

I’m off work this week so am trying to find some time to catch up on the various writing projects I’m working on. It’s famine and feast when it comes to my writing. The day job has been taking up so much time these last few months that I’ve barely been able to touch the other stuff. Hopefully, that’s going to change over the next few days, though. There are only 24 hours in a day so I need to make the most of the available free time.

I always get nervous when I return to creative writing after a break. What if I can’t do it anymore, reduced to staring at a blank screen for hours on end? The dreaded writer’s block which I’ve largely avoided so far on my writing journey. Or what if I can write but it’s unadulterated rubbish, not worthy of seeing the light of day? I’ve worked too hard to build up a half-decent reputation for it to disappear in a puff of smoke.

Getting back on the horse is never easy. I always find writing, like most other pursuits I partake in, much easier if I stick at them consistently. I just charge on, head down, not allowing the self-doubt to surface and overwhelm me. I’ve seen so many talented writers, much more talented than me, just give up and drift away because they lost heart. Constant knock-backs can do that to the most determined soul.

I’ve felt like that. I’ve been close to giving up. What’s the point, banging your head off a brick wall every day only to be met with rejection and indifference. It’s tough, but I persevere because the alternative is somewhere I don’t want to be, someone I don’t want to be. I know there are people out there who want me to fail but I won’t give them the satisfaction. So, this week I plot and edit and write. I know no other way.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

15 thoughts on “I Know No Other Way

  1. Beautifully penned down. If you are interested than you can be a part of my anthology that I’m compiling name as ” I’ll be there for you.” If interested than let me know

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  2. Just the other day I came across this quote, and your post reminded me of it again. Perhaps you will find some inspiration in it as I did –
    “You only fail if you stop writing”. – Ray Bradbury

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  3. I love your grit, Stephen. As a newbie, I have wanted to give up. And I’m just writing a rhyming kid’s book! The marketing, learning, and so many other curves, along with personal ones, have put me in a corner in which I sometimes say, “I just give up!” But, like you, this is the way I’m learning and deep down, this is the only way. Prayers for strength and patience while balancing life goals! Karla 💚

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  4. I have for now, walked away from everything but my blog. It keeps me writing, but away from the frustrations and disappointments of my other endeavors. I think, as long as we write something, we continue and we win.

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      1. Thank you. I think that for most, it is a matter of being able to face the contents as they are mostly autobiographical meant to inspire. Yet..a little painful to recall. Not yet fully abandoned, just set aside.
        I do love writing here though, even when the posts turn toward opening doors long closed.

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  5. This post hits home. As a writer, I wonder every time I write if the piece I have written is worth being out there for all to see, especially since I have just begun my writing career. It can be nerve-racking with excitement as well as dread. Did the readers like it? Is it what I am meant to do? Yeah, my heart is telling me to write, but that doesn’t mean I do it well enough to make it a career. What would you say as a seasoned writer is the best way to know if you are doing well with your writing to a newbie?

    Thank you, Karen Carnahan Author http://www.KarenCarnahan.com

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  6. Whoooo boy, the dreaded writer’s block strikes for me too. I am working on my project (not calling it a book just yet….) My ADHD has really been kicking my butt lately. Sometimes I afraid to post on here because what if it sounds stupid? I know exactly what you’re going through.

    Don’t give up! Your readers won’t allow it! 🙂

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  7. 100% true. Never give up, I like your blogs! I agree consistency is the key 👌🏻As long as we continue writing, our flow of ideas will just keep coming naturally.

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