#IWSG Bounce Back

Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh and this month’s co-hosts:
Gwen Gardner, Doreen McGettigan, Tyrean Martinson,Chemist Ken, and Cathrina Constantine!

I really enjoyed the IWSG Newsletter this month, featuring some great advice…

Just Take a Walk 

“What do you do when you hit a wall with your writing? When the words just come out wonky? Or you realized you haven’t written a word in two weeks and you find the blank page daunting?
You could take a walk. It’s a tried and true way to break your mind free of distractions and worries.”


Thanks, Tyrean! I agree that walking (and other exercise) unlocks our creativity.

Instead of answering this month’s question, I ask for your support. I’m going through a tough time on the day job, feeling mired in rejection and poor communication from my bosses. I pour my heart into my career, so recent work events have cut deep. As a psychologist, I know we all endure hard times, and I want to practice what I preach by responding with resilience.

Image by alan9187 from Pixabay

How do YOU bounce back from setbacks in writing or in other areas of your life? What are your tips for growing from pain?

Bad Behavior Excerpt

As I head into a day filled with psychotherapy clients, I decided to share a brief excerpt from Bad Behavior (The Conduct Series #2).

In an unconventional move, Sophie and Grant’s parole officer ordered the naughty parolees into couples counseling sessions with psychologist Dr. Hunter Hayes. Here, they process a lovers’ spat after Sophie falsely accused Grant of betraying her:


“So what have we learned here today, people?” Hunter asked. “This isn’t the first time one of you has been so upset that you’ve left your partner feeling rejected and panicked. What did you learn?”
Sophie sniffled again. “We need to communicate,” she said quietly.
“What was that?” Hunter mocked, dramatically drawing his cupped palm to his ear. “What did you say?”
“We need to communicate!” Sophie shouted, earning a chuckle from Grant.

Yes, good communication is essential for any relationship. Too bad it’s so damn tough!