04 May 2022

Highs, Lows, and Bracelets

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This month's optional question is: It's the best of times; it's the worst of times. What are your writer highs (the good times)? And what are your writer lows (the crappy times)?

My writer highs usually involve, well...actually writing! I love getting new ideas and thinking about them nonstop, or flowing through a first draft and holding nothing back. And while editing and rewriting can be hard and tedious, one of my favorite things is when I actually figure something out and everything falls into place and feels perfect. 

Another writing high for me was getting a story published in the IWSG anthology Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life.  

My biggest writer low was Pitch Wars, but we don't need to talk about that...I've had a few times where people read my work and I either got a negative response or no response at all. I have learned from these scenarios to not send out my work if it's not ready, and also who I should be sending it to. Just because someone seems excited to read your work doesn't mean they're actually going to do it. 

Not writing at all is also a pretty low time. It's hard to have absolutely no desire to write or even think about writing, but right now I'm just kind of going with the flow. I think the urge to write will come back eventually, but not until I'm ready for it. 

On a side note, a few months ago I mentioned that I wanted to get into jewelry making, partially just so I could do something creative, and I finally started! I'm just making bracelets so far because I have no idea what I'm doing and figured they were the easiest. I also just like bracelets.

These were the first four I made that went with the shirt I wore on Easter (lol), and considering the fact that I'd never made a bracelet in my life, I thought they were fairly decent; 

And these are the ones I made this past weekend. I've been playing around with what materials go better with certain beads and working on the technique, and I can already see the improvement. 

I'm just gonna keep doing it because it's fun and I like shiny things. I think someday it would be nice to actually turn it into income, but that's a long way away! 

Any writing highs or lows to share? What creative outlets do you have besides writing? 


  1. Your bracelets are pretty. Glad you're enjoying making them. I've also had no desire to write. It's hard but you have to go with the flow those times. I can see that someday I may totally lose the desire to write and want to just be a reader. It's okay with me if that happens.

  2. So pretty! I always find it interesting to see what other creative outlets other authors have. I love to play piano and doodle - although I haven't done that in a while.

  3. Just keep making the bracelets and doing something creative and the writing will come back when you're ready.

  4. It's a wonderful feeling when everything falls into place. I feel the same lows when I'm not writing. Eventually, I always find my way back to it, even if it's gradual. I love the bracelets! So pretty!

  5. The bracelets look so pretty. I love the reflection you have on the one in the top right-hand corner. Glad you're enjoying making them.

    My writing highs usually involve actually writing, too.

  6. Pretty! My cousin makes bracelets and I'm wearing three of them right now. I do know people who make a living with bracelets and jewelry.

  7. Love the bracelets - they're my go-to jewellery items.

    I'm currently struggling to write, it is a very low time. My husband keeps reminding me I always get like this just before I burst into renewed action, so I'm counting on that. Enjoy your flow!

  8. The bracelets are very pretty!!

    Ugh. In writing, silence is never golden. Or brains are too fertile and they always think the worst at weed-growing levels. I was once sent a rough from a friend. It was taking me forever to give feedback and she messaged me to stop reading, it obviously sucked. It didn't suck. I was just slow.