Sunday, February 20, 2022

Persevere My Writer Friends

by Tammy Karasek @TickledPinkTam

I have spoken to writer friends since we turned our calendar page to 2022 about the ebb and flow of our writing lives. It’s no secret that we writers have word-filled days at our keyboards. But we never know when we’ll hit a day where we can’t string a coherent sentence together no matter how hard we try. 

Could I be the only one barely chugging along? Once I fessed up my issue to my writing crew, I found I wasn’t. We all struggled to get the momentum going for this year. 

One afternoon while praying for my writing friends, I was reminded of a serious situation this past fall in my writing and work. God had showed up and taught me I could actually take control of a writing problem and not let it be the boss of me. I’m not talking about issues out of my control, but those I do have control over … those I can find a work around option. 

What God taught me in September is that I might not have everything in its perfect place, as my perfectionistic personality would like, but I’m quite capable of adapting and getting things done. 

I’d gone to Colorado to work on my ninety-nine year old aunt’s estate. My first roadblock was the house where I’d be spending the next six weeks had no Internet. Gasp—I know, a house with no Internet. I did more than gasp. There may have been whining at this point. 

I could have taken a break or written in a notebook. Except my writing wasn’t even the point I was most concerned about. I have two virtual assistant jobs and run a launch team business. I couldn’t leave the two virtual assistant jobs, two authors smack dab in the middle of their book launches or the other author I was helping with their launch on the back burner for such a long extended time. 

If it wasn’t enough with no Internet and a full client load, my ten-year-old Mac Air had decided it didn’t want to do much. Limping along is an understatement. I didn’t have the time to shop for one in the middle of running all over Colorado Springs filing papers and seeing the attorney, accountant, selling her house and so much more. 

I’d love to say at this point during my morning peace-filled, quiet time with the Lord, He showed me the way out of my dilemma. But I would be lying to you. The truth is that it was more like a small, sigh—okay, large—temper tantrum at the kitchen table. No peace. No quiet. But He met me there in that hot mess and showed me where to start on my dilemma.

I packed up my tote filled with work and laptop and off I went to the local Panera. My first day or two there it went well. I realized I needed to go early to get one of the few electric outlets they had. If my timing was off by even fifteen minutes, the outlets were taken. One of the outlets had lost the switch plate cover and hung out of the wall, which oddly was waist high in the seat of the booth. 

I tried two other Panera spots that weren’t as close. They were larger and newer and I was excited. Bigger equals more outlets. Except the new or redesigned one have fewer outlets. When I asked the manager why no outlets, she laughed and said, “people come and work for hours and take up our tables for people who are actually buying food and eating.” She glanced at my bulging tote and I swear she laughed with the Cruella de Vil style cackle. 

I didn’t panic, I knew God was teaching me a lot on this trip already. I worked until my battery teased me of closing down my computer. Then packed to leave and sent up a very articulate prayer. Well, God. Now what? Help would be great. I’m here for another month and I’m up to my neck in time-sensitive work. I got nothin’, Lord. I seriously contemplated sending off emails to my clients and confess my failure. But, I couldn’t formulate the words nor did I have any power left on my computer. Truth.

Six weeks later, I left for home. Great news, no work was left undone. I was able to find the outlets at my original Panera as needed. Even if it was usually the one hanging out of the wall. I’d learned how to get my charger out of the socket without getting shocked too bad. Exciting times.

We writers can often convince ourselves we can’t accomplish writing today because of something blocking us. But when obstacles get thrown in the way of our writing, we need to learn to take a breath, assess the situation and look for ways to step around or over them. Options are there, we need to be determined to go get them. 

With that determination to find ways around the blocks and the perseverance to get those words on the page whether by keyboard or by longhand, you will find word count success, my dear writer friends. 

Now, go and write. 


Tammy Karasek uses humor and wit to bring joy and hope to every aspect in life. Her past, filled with bullying and criticism from family, drives her passion to encourage and inspire others and give them The Reason to smile. She’s gone from down and defeated to living a “Tickled Pink” life as she believes there’s always a giggle wanting to come out! 

She’s the Social Media Manager for the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, Founding President and current Vice-President of ACFW Upstate SC, Founding President of Word Weavers Upstate SC. She’s a writing team member for The Write Conversation Blog, Novel Academy, and MBT Monday Devotions and others. Her work was published in a Divine Moments Compilation Book—Cool-inary Moments. When not writing Women’s Fiction and Rom-Com, she’s The Launch Team Geek helping authors launch their books and a Virtual Assistant for authors.

Connect with Tammy at HTTPS://WWW.TAMMYKARASEK.COM.


  1. Well said Ms. Tammy; and while I realize what I'm about to type is so cliche, it is nevertheless quite true. The victor is not the one who doesn't get knocked down, they are the one who gets up one more time than they go down. There's days that we might only write five words worth keeping, but those five words move us closer to our goal. Drive on my writerly friend. Those rose-colored glasses you're wearing on merely reflections of the light that shines from within you.

  2. Yes.Life happens. I'm learning to relax into the flow--when family or friends need me, I consider it part of God's plan for how I am to spend my days. Also, I do work better under pressure!@ Nothing like a deadline to get me moving and moving with purpose. Thanks for this encouragement this morning!

    1. You're welcome, Julie! And thank you back - your words are encouraging as well!

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  4. Tammy

    What a great story of your persistence and perserverance to get your work done as a writer. I recall this period well because you were my launch manager for the release of Book Proposals That Sell, creating images and posting with our launch group in the middle of trying to find an internet connection. You were doing amazing work and something I still appreciate.

    Every writer needs these qualities and thankfully some days more than others--normally not all the time.

    author of Book Proposals That $ell, 21 Secrets To Speed Your Success (Revised Edition)

    1. Thank you, Terry! Yes - I was working on your Launch of Book Proposals That Sell, praying over my laptop every time I plugged it into an outlet at Panera! What satan meant for my harm, God used it to show me He had my back!! And my finger so I didn't get shocked by that one wonky outlet too hard! Lol!

  5. Loved your story, Tammy. I always learn so much from you. Thanks for sharing your writing with all of us today.

    1. Thank you, Diane! Oh, the adventures I have!!

  6. Thanks for sharing your story. So many writers are struggling through their own circumstances and I know you've encouraged them, just like you encouraged me.

    1. Thank you, Beth. I'm glad you were encouraged to press on!

  7. Excellent and very encouraging comments!