A-to-Z Challenge: D is for Dogged

I’m four days deep into the annual A-to-Z.


For the first time, I’m participating in the monthly Insecure Writers’ Support Group blog hop.

The IWSG provided a prompt for this month’s post. Here it is:

When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?

Rain? Clouds? Hellooo Doubt.

Doubt and I are well acquainted. He’s the loudmouth who dominates the party in my head. I’ve tried dis-inviting him but he shows up anyway, sometimes with a six pack and a bag of Doritos. We hang out, enjoy each other’s company, time goes by then I realize I forgot something critical, something I had to do, you know, write.

He’ll tell me, “Grehan, why bother? The writing’s gonna stink.”

I accept as fact that Doubt’s never wrong so I’m better not to hear him. I send him off on a task. Let him advise the people on the page. I’ve noticed they tend to have too few cares.

Okay, that’s all bunk.

I can’t fool you into believing this mental game works for me, or any other writer.

Here’s the thing. You can’t get rid of this guy. You can’t sidetrack him. Doubt’s a multi-tasker. He’d make a great employee if he applied himself to something useful but don’t wait for that to happen. Here’s my real advice: look to your dog. If you don’t have a dog, look to your friend’s dog, your neighbor’s dog, a dog on YouTube.

When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?

Don’t you love when the answer is in the question?

You dig, that’s what you do. Head down, nose to the ground. You might not surface with the bone you’d set your snout on, but I guarantee your effort will be rewarded.

Be the Dog.

Moon Dog: Artist unknown but much appreciated.


IWSG’s co-hosts this month are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Renee Scattergood, and Tamara Narayan!


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8 thoughts on “A-to-Z Challenge: D is for Dogged

  1. Welcome aboard! I love that dog! He’s enough inspiration to get butt in chair, fingers on keyboard. Doubt is always that univited guest who has to be repeatedly shown the door.

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