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Writing, Can it Drive You Crazy or Keep You Sane?

Posted on: January 26, 2017

Today, I am a guest on Krysten Lindsay Hagar’s   blog.

How Writing This Book Kept Me Sane by Darlene Foster – See more at: http://www.krystenlindsay.com/blog#sthash.wHxhalxq.dpuf


A question I am often asked is where I get ideas for my books.  In this case, I was fortunate to go on a fabulous river cruise down the Danube with my hubby and some good friends four years ago. We had a fabulous time and everywhere we visited I thought, Amanda would love this place. – See more at: http://www.krystenlindsay.com/blog/how-writing-this-book-kept-me-sane-by-darlene-foster#sthash.oAO6nKXj.dpuf

Krysten writes funny, true to life books for teens. Besides mining her teen years and humiliating moments for her novels, she is also a book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn´t like. Hop over to read my article and check out her blog and leave a comment.

Check out the trailer for Amanda on the Danube featuring some of my pictures from the trip that inspired me.


30 Responses to "Writing, Can it Drive You Crazy or Keep You Sane?"

I enjoyed your interview with Krysten Hager! As well as writing amazing books, Darlene, you are leading an amazing life!

Thanks, Irene. I remember as a child thinking life would be boring. Guess I was wrong! Who would have thought.

Hello Darlene, I’m just going over to Krysten’s blog but wanted to say how much I enjoyed the trailer for Amanda on the Danube.

So pleased you liked it. I had fun creating It!

Great interview. I enjoyed hearing about your journey with Amanda.

Where ever I travel, she tends to go with me.

Lovely trailer and I love reading how stories are born. Thanks, Darlene and wish you many, many more. ❤

Congrats on the interview! I love how you get ideas for Amanda.

Great interview, Darlene! It’s good to know writing has kept you sane. 🙂

Thanks, Lynn. Some may beg to differ but it has kept me on track.

Darlene, I love that trailer and it’s SO easy to see how that trip would inspire your story! I’ve had writing do both, but yearn to do more of it! 😀

So pleased you enjoyed the trailer. Keep writing, even if just a little every day. It becomes a habit.

Great interview and glad your writing was able to take the edge off such a large life changing move!!

The answer is: Both of course.
Enjoyed the interview.

I agree. Thanks for the visit to my blog.

My granddaughter is enjoying Amanda so much!! ❤️

So pleased to hear this. XO

I love the trailer and the interview. It is wonderful to teach history through a story in a book like yours.

Thank you so much. So pleased you enjoyed both. History can be made fun to learn!

The stress of moving…yes, I definitely know about that. It is nice that taking a little time when you could to write your book helped eliminate some of that stress.

We relocated at around the same time Karen so I empathized with you. Some blogging and some writing helped a lot!

of course it can…one can’t open up with others as much as one is able to open up with his/her diary.
Thank you for the inspirational blog .
Please read my blog related to the same on http://fireinyoursoul.com/2017/02/24/keep-the-fire-ignited/ Please follow for more .

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Writing, Can it Drive You Crazy or Keep You Sane? The big old existential question! A lot of us write because we’re driven to, because we wouldn’t feel sane if we didn’t – cue Graham Green’s oft-quoted: ‘Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in the human condition.’
That might sound dramatic to some of us, but doesn’t he have a point?
To this end, there’s some great work being done by creative writers outside the ‘day job’ – check out those who research, develop and use creative writing for therapeutic purposes at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hipkP-cEHKc – this video refers to a really interesting-looking course for nurturing our own self-development as writers, and keeping others ‘sane’ in our local communities!

Thank you for your thoughtful comment on my post.

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