Sare Chafin

stumbling through life, poetically

Writing Lessons (IWSG)

A long time ago I used to take part in the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and it feels like it’s time to join in again. New blog. New writing focus. Same eclectic me.

The question IWSG posted for July is “What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started writing?”


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This is what I’ve learned over the past year:

Write from where you are right now. Don’t be guilty if you change directions. Don’t be afraid to grow or try new genres, if that’s what you know you are supposed to do. Write authentically and don’t let change take your words away.


Change doesn’t mean you have to give up.

Shadows don’t mean the light won’t come back.

Stay you and keep writing.





  1. Welcome back to the IWSG!
    We might know where we want to go but we can only start writing from right here.

    • sare chafin

      July 7, 2017 at 3:32 am

      Thank you! Yes. We have to start where we are, wherever that happens to be.

  2. Wise words! In times of uncertainty, my writing always gets me through. It’s the one thing I can control, at least to some extent. Welcome back!

    • sare chafin

      July 7, 2017 at 3:33 am

      Thank you! I’m pretty sure my writing has saved me a few times now.

  3. I like the idea of writing from where you are at any given time. There are so many times when I look back at my writing as I’m editing it and I wonder what I was thinking. I think I need to realize that you can’t write for your future self, and anytime you look back at old writing, you will find that you’ve changed – grown, matured, perhaps even become a better writer. All you can really do is keep moving forward. So yeah. Love this concept. 🙂

    With Love,

    • sare chafin

      July 10, 2017 at 2:53 am

      Yes, I’ve been both inspired and appalled by my past writing! It was all necessary though. Thanks for the comment!

  4. I love this. We’re always changing, aren’t we? I’m not the same writer I was 20 years ago when I wrote my first book…and I’m pretty sure I won’t be the same writer 20 years from now, if I still have my wits about me enough to write at that age!

    • sare chafin

      July 10, 2017 at 3:18 am

      We are. Usually it is a good think, I think! I’d hate to be exactly the same in 20 years… let’s hope we both still have our wits!

  5. Welcome back! My writing is definitely a stress reliever. I’ve recently switched genres (no idea if that’s permanent) and I’m absolutely enjoying the new one more.

    • sare chafin

      July 10, 2017 at 3:13 am

      Thank you! Yes, I switched from YA to poetry. I still love YA but this fits me so much better right now. I’ve been focused on poetry for a little over a year now. I don’t know what I’ll be doing in the future but for now, this is perfect. Best of luck in your new genre!

  6. Beautifully written and so true.

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