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Wednesday, July 1

Keep Writing with Fey is COMING! / IWSG


The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.


Keep Writing with Fey will release on July 14th! 

I have two opportunities for you if you'd like to help with my release.

1. Blog Hop

Share your story about writer's block, depression, and/or burnout and how you overcame it or what you are currently doing to heal.

Blog Hop Day: August 5th IWSG Day (I thought this would make it easier for participants of both hops.) NOTE: I will send you all the information about my book for the post 2 weeks before.

Sign up for the BLOG HOP here:


2. Book Blasts

If you can host me on your blog or post to Facebook, fill out the below Google form. The book blast will consist of the blurb, cover art, links, my bio, and author photo. No excerpt.

Sign up for a BOOK BLAST here:
Scroll down, fill in info, and click "submit."


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Here is the author's note and table of contents for you to get a feel for what you'll discover inside this book.

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AUTHOR’S NOTE

When I shared my story about depression and writer’s burnout, I received many emails, comments, and Facebook messages from other writers thanking me for my bravery and telling me about their own trials. That really put into perspective for me how many people suffer from depression and/or burnout in silence. I had no idea those individuals were impacted by these things, just as they hadn’t known that I was, because my outward presence to others was always happy and smiley and bright.

After the supportive response and upon realizing how many writers in my online circles were struggling, too, I wanted to do something to help. I was candid with my experiences and blogged about the things that assisted me through the rough times in the hope that it would aid others.

During this time, I recognized the need for writers to receive support, guidance, tips, reminders, and encouragement during their writer’s block, depression, and burnout. That’s how I got the idea for this book. A book not just about depression or only about writer’s block, but both, and much more.

Since you have picked up this book, that means you may need assistance with one or all of these areas, and I sincerely hope you find what you need here…that tiny spark to get you through whatever you are going through.

As always, keep writing.

Keep believing.

Keep dreaming.

Chrys Fey


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Author's Note
Part One - Writer's Block
Spark One - What is Writer's Block?
Spark Two - Restrictive Writing Rules
Spark Three - Schedule Your Time
Spark Four - Shut Yourself Off
Spark Five - Social Media Wormhole
Spark Six - Free Day
Spark Seven - Seek Other Creative Outlets
Spark Eight - Break Down Your Goals
Spark Nine - Word Count Calendar with Stickers
Spark Ten - Plot It Out
Spark Eleven - Embrace Your Pace
Spark Twelve - Change Your Writing Atmosphere and Medium
Spark Thirteen - 10 Ways to Spark Your Story Ideas
Spark Fourteen - Natural Stress Relievers
Part Two - Depression
Spark Fifteen - The Frustrations of a Creative Life
Spark Sixteen - What is Depression?
Spark Seventeen - My Case of "Postpartum" Depression
Spark Eighteen - Naps
Spark Nineteen - Take Care of Yourself
Spark Twenty - Publishing Depression
Spark Twenty-one - Interpreting Dreams
Spark Twenty-two - Gratitude Journal
Spark Twenty-three - Happiness Jar
Spark Twenty-four - Reward Yourself for Submitting
Spark Twenty-five - Reward Your Rejections
Spark Twenty-six - Rejection: Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom
Spark Twenty-seven - Disability and Poverty Depression
Spark Twenty-eight - 100 Happy Days
Spark Twenty-nine - Discovery/Art Journal
Spark Thirty - Rock Bottom
Spark Thirty-one - Write a Letter to Your Fear
Spark Thirty-two - Negative and Positive
Spark Thirty-three - Vision Board
Spark Thirty-four - Disappointing Sales
Spark Thirty-five - Review Your Depression
Spark Thirty-six - Get a Dammit!® Doll
Spark Thirty-seven - Say This to Yourself
Spark Thirty-eight - A Double Blow
Spark Thirty-nine - Remove Trigger People
Spark Forty - Reading to Beat Depression
Spark Forty-one - Nature to Beat Depression
Spark Forty-two - HappyLight™
Spark Forty-three - Mood Tracking App
Spark Forty-four - Blogging to Beat Depression
Spark Forty-five - Social Media Depression
Part Three - Writer's Burnout
Spark Forty-six - What is Writer's Burnout?
Spark Forty-seven - Speak
Spark Forty-eight - Write About Yourself
Spark Forty-nine - Join a Writers' Group
Spark Fifty - Writing in the Morning or Before Bed
Spark Fifty-one - Free Your Mind with Walking
Spark Fifty-two - Be an Artist when You're Not Writing
Spark Fifty-three - Fictionalize Non-Fiction
Spark Fifty-four - One Day at a Time
Spark Fifty-five - Don't Force Yourself
Spark Fifty-six - Alternative Hobby
Spark Fifty-seven - Patience
Spark Fifty-eight - The Power of Nano
Spark Fifty-nine - No Stress
Spark Sixty - Should You Keep Writing?
Spark Sixty-one - Should You Stop Writing?
Part Four - To Be a Writer, You Don't Need...
Spark Sixty-two- A Literature Degree
Spark Sixty-three - Money
Spark Sixty-four - A Support System at Home
Spark Sixty-five - A Laptop
Spark Sixty-six - Love
Spark Sixty-seven - An Interesting Life
Spark Sixty-eight - An Office or Desk
Spark Sixty-nine - A Home
Spark Seventy - To Be a Good Speller or Vocabulary Wiz
Spark Seventy-one - To Be Young
Spark Seventy-two - To Be an Adult
Spark Seventy-three - A Mentor
Part Five - Creativity Boosts
Spark Seventy-four - Your Power Element
Spark Seventy-five - Color Therapy
Spark Seventy-six - Aromatherapy 
Spark Seventy-seven - Feng Shui
Spark Seventy-eight - Crystals
Spark Seventy-nine - Write Down Your Dreams
Spark Eighty - Brain Power
Spark Eighty-one - Get Back to You
Dear Reader - Best Wishes
Depression and Suicide Resources

QUESTION: Do you suffer from writer's block, depression, and/or burnout? Have you?

92 comments:

  1. This sounds like such a good book! I"m so glad it's coming. I have definitely suffered from depression.

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    1. Thank you, Astrid! There may be tips and advice that could help you in my book. :)

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  2. Burn out is a real struggle. I faced it a few years ago when dealing with mom's dementia and stepdad's failing health and death. I really struggled to find the time and energy for writing - even though I knew it would help me process and deal with it all.
    Congrats on the book!

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    1. Burnout makes it hard to write, even when you know that writing will help you.

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  3. Experts say there is no such thing as Writers Block. Maybe they're right. Maybe it's a reflection of life around us. I'm like a novel. I'm always editing and revising. Burnout comes and it will go.

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    1. I disagree about there being no such thing as writer's block. I explain why in my book. ;) And burnout can come and go, but sometimes it's so strong and destructive that it doesn't just leave. This happened to me. My burnout last for a year and stopped me from writing.

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  4. The grieving process has definitely made writing both a challenge and a relief, a blessing when I can pull it off. I have a history of something approaching depression, at least (SAD?), and I’m currently clinging to creativity as a way to stay out of that place.

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    1. I have tips in my book that could help with SAD. I even mention it in a chapter. :)

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  5. This looks fantastic! I can't wait to buy it. Also, I love the idea of turning off comments to old posts. I have a spam problem. I will be looking into that. Thanks for the tip!

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    1. You're welcome for the tip! It's the only way to get rid of the spam problem.

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  6. Hooray! I'm so excited for you!!

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  7. Release day will be here soon. Blog hop might be fun as well.

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  8. Your chapter titles look great! Congrats on the new release. I'll be a IWSG co-host in August, and I signed up for the blog hop. Best wishes to you!

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    1. Thank you so much for signing up! I may or may not be co-host, too. I emailed Alex, but I'm not sure if he has enough people volunteering or not. We shall see. :)

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  9. Glad to help out more. I signed up for the blog hop.

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  10. Glad to sign up, Chrys!!! Congrats on the book!!

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  11. I have definitely suffered from writer's block and burnout. So great that you have written a book to offer help and insight. Congratulations on the new book, Chrys.

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  12. Congrats on the upcoming release! I signed up for the hop.

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  13. Good luck with your book Chrys, things here have depressed me at times so I for one will get your book. Look forward to it's release.
    Take care.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne! I sincerely hope my book helps you.

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  14. Congrats on the new book. I'm sure many can relate to your struggles.

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    1. Thanks, Liz! I hope this book does resonate with many.

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  15. Congratulations on your book Chrys. I"m excited for you and look forward to reading it. I sometimes have problems and looks like you have my answers.

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    1. Thank you, Beverly! I may not have all the answers, but I definitely have tips and techniques to try. :)

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  16. Looks like a great resource. I am glad that you took the time to help out others. It is so important to share how we overcome so that others might do the same.

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    1. Thank you, Steph! I do whatever I can to help fellow writers. :)

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  17. Congrats on the upcoming release. As for writers block, I've never had it so can't say much about it.

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  18. I'm looking forward to this book! Congratulations! I signed up.

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  19. I'm looking forward to reading this and I'm am definitely happy to help with whatever you need.

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  20. What a great and timely book, Chrys! I've pre-ordered and signed up for the blog hop. Happy to help get the word out.

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    1. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! You are the best, Lee!

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  21. Congrats on the release coming up. Exciting!

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  22. Hi, Chrys! I went out on a limb and decided I could do a post for you on the IWSG Anthologies blog since we'll be sharing favorite books on the craft of writing. And I'll host you on my Standing Into Danger blog a couple of days later. I've preordered your book, so hopefully I'll have had a chance to read most of it. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you so much for going out on a limb and for pre-ordering!

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  23. So great that you and your mom are coming out back to back:)
    Wishing you much success.

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    1. It wasn't planned that way. lol My publisher picked July and her published picked June. :P

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  24. Congrats, Chrys. Will be glad to host you.

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  25. Congratulations on your new book! Fortunately I haven’t faced any of these as yet, but I know it’s an important issue!
    www.nooranandchawla.com

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    1. Thank you, Nooran! Yes, a very important issue - all of them. :)

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  26. I've suffered from burnout through pushing myself too hard. I've also had periods where I've done almost nothing because I've not pushed myself at all. I'm gradually finding the balance.

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    1. Same here. Balance is important and tricky.

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  27. This sounds awesome! Would love to participate in the blog hop!

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  28. You had me at 'Social Media Wormhole' ;-)

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  29. Just signed up to help. I love how you share your voice and experience with depression to let people know there is hope.

    Click link below for my new domain. Warmly,
    Elsie

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    1. Thank you so much, Elsie! I do what I can, and sharing my story is part of that. :)

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  30. So glad to see you pulled all this together into a book. Should be a valuable resource! @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

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  31. Wow, to be able to put together such a thorough book is impressive! How did you know to do that? I suppose I lack confidence when it comes to nonfiction books or holding workshops. I feel like I don't have authority in that. Fiction makes for a great mask!

    I've joined your bloghop! It's been a very long time since I've been in one, so forgive me if I trip this one up!

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    1. Well, I first did it with Write with Fey, and I knew to do that because a few people said having my marketing posts in a book would help so many people. I'd wanted to create a book of my blog posts before then, but their words encouraged me to actually do it. So, I knew I just had to do it again with these topics. :)

      Thank you so much for signing up!

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  32. I'm very excited about this book.
    I just recommended your first Write with Fey book to a friend who wants to start writing. Signed up for the hop too.

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    1. Thank you so much for recommending Write with Fey and for signing up!

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  33. Congratulations on your new book. I would be glad to host it in my sagecoveredhills blog, if you'd like. Sometimes I struggle with depression but not as much from writer's block, probably because I am always under a deadline.

    www.thepulpitandthepen.com

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    1. Thank you! And, yes, I would like that very much. Thank you!

      My depression didn't come from writer's block, either.

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  34. Congrats on your upcoming release!
    It's been so long since I used the linky list that I linked incorrectly the first time. Please remove the first link.
    Stay safe, Chrys.

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    1. Thank you! And thank you for signing up! I will remove the first link. :)

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  35. Congratulations on your new release, Chrys! The table of contents sounds so interesting. I've had writer's block once, but it wasn't that I didn't know what to write--more that I just couldn't "make" myself. My eight-year relationship had ended, and even though it was my decision, it was so painful.

    That was absolutely the worst summer. Then my ex suggested I talk to one of my characters about how I was feeling. I thought that sounded pretty dumb, but then one day I got so desperate, I tried it. I just opened a Word doc and acted like I was chatting with Jackson from the GhostWriters series. The weird thing was, it really did feel like someone was there, providing the answers. As strange as it may sound, it worked!

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    1. Thank you!

      That making ourselves write during tough times is the hardest.

      I love that technique! I'll have to try it the next time I'm blocked, which hopefully won't be for a good long time.

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  36. Congratulations! I signed up for whatever you need me to do. I'm happy to help!

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    1. Thank you so much! I greatly appreciate your help.

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  37. Congratulations on the new book! I'll be sure to retweet.

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  38. That's wonderful that you took your struggle and turned it into medicine for others. Congrats all the way!

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    1. Thank you! And that's one of the good outcomes to struggle...turning it into medicisn for others. I like wording. :)

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  39. Hi Chrys - amazing and I'm so pleased for you - a great accomplishment. It looks awesome ... and I remember your earlier post with the comments etc. I'm just glad I don't really ... on the other hand I'm not writing books. Take care and stay safe - and I look forward to seeing the promotional posts around ... all the best as you move towards the launch. Hilary

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    1. Thank you so much, Hilary! Although you don't write books, I value you and appreciate that you visit my blog. Hugs!

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  40. Happy to help with this. This looks like another wonderful aid for writers everywhere.

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  41. I signed up for the blog hop. How exciting that you'll have another book to help writers!

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    1. Thank you so very much for signing up for the blog hop, Sherry!

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  42. Hi Chrys,
    As I was reading J.H. Moncrieff (above), I remembered being told to speak to myself in the third person. I did that and the power and wisdom I felt was awesome. Thank you for inspiring us with personal examples and solutions.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and I apologize for taking weeks to reply. Lately, there's been an army with impatient demands on my time.
    Lynn La Vita blog: Writers Supporting Writers

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Lynn! We can gain wonderful insight when we speak to ourselves in third person. And, please, there's no need to apologize. There is so much going on right now. Stay safe!

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