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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

IWSG DAY, JUNE 1, 2022, Writing A Story When The Going Gets Tough By Pat Garcia

Hello Everyone,


 It is IWSG Time!


IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It's a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!


This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us.


The awesome co-hosts for the June 1 posting of the IWSG are SE White, Cathrina Constantine, Natalie Aguire, Joylene Nowell Butler, and Jacqui Murray! 



 2 Flash fiction pieces in the RRBC MOM (Memories Of Mom) Anthology –  One of my submissions was accepted: A Tribute To Emma Elizabeth Pierce


Writing A Story When The Going Gets Tough

Usually, when I find it challenging to write a story, I go to the next manuscript, which is entirely different, and work on it, and I break through what is hindering me. However, that has not been the case for the last three months. The war in Ukraine has affected me. Therefore, I have turned to mini-breaks to read books that interest me and write in my journal. 

Wishing everyone a lovely month of June.

Shalom aleichem


  1. I like to read more too when I'm stuck. That's great you have other projects you can work on too.

  2. You are definitely in a tough spot there in Europe with the war so close.

  3. Hi Pat,
    I'm glad you were able to post this month. I remember last month you mentioned the war in Ukraine might interrupt you WiFi. Yes, the war and gun violence in the US is difficult for me, too.
    Because I feel so helpless, I'm doing my best to seek ways to show my compassion, support, and friendship to those in my life: family, friends, and strangers.
    Lynn @

  4. Congrats on your short story being accepted!! Besides walking, I also read quite a bit during a lull. And the war in Ukraine, I think, has affected all of us.

  5. Congrats on getting your flash fiction accepted. I haven't thought about switching manuscripts when I'm stuck on one. Good advice.

  6. Congratulations on your submission being accepted!
    Stay safe.

  7. First, here's a huge congrats for your acceptance letter! Great job, Pat. I agree, that switching to another manuscript is often a good strategy for unsticking myself in a piece I'm working on.

  8. Congratulations on the acceptance to the anthology! This is such a difficult time. We will get through it. We always do, but the getting through it is challenging. You are smart to switch gears and enjoy reading and journaling. Wishing you all the best!

  9. Congrats on the acceptance!
    I turn to other projects when I'm stuck as well. It's a great brain break.
    The war in Ukraine is horrific. Sending hugs your way.

  10. Fill your heart with all that is good. Books, movies, and mini-breaks.

    Congrats on your acceptance. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  11. Congratulations on the acceptance Pat. Reading is a great way to get your writing mojo back. I hope things get better for Europe soon.

  12. Happy IWSG day, Pat. Hope you're doing well. I know you're extremely busy these days. Thinking of you and wishing you the best.

  13. Congrats on your accepted story!
    The war in Ukraine is horrible and affects so many people. My daughter in Toronto has a friend. His mom and sister lived in Ukraine, while he grew up with his grandmother in Canada. When the war started, he got them out, organized all the documents, and finally brought them to Toronto. He is working in a bank, makes decent money, and had lots of savings to buy himself a house. All of it went to his mom's move: tickets, visas, bribes, and so on. He is broke right now, and he still needs to support them, as his mom doesn't speak English, and his sister is still at school.

  14. Congrats on the acceptance! How affirming!

    Reading is a great way to break out of a writing rut. I find a lot of inspiration in reading well-written books, whether fiction or non-fiction.

    I cannot imagine the stress of having war so close. There is so much we just cannot control. Peace be with you.

  15. Congratulations on the acceptance.
    I too have to break from writing sometimes to indulge in books that help me cope with whatever I have going on in life.
    My thoughts are with you and the Ukraine.


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