How To Keep Writing When You’re Drowning in Chaos

by Lillian Csernica on February 18, 2019

Hi there. Today I will tell you how to keep up that word count and move forward with your creative life regardless of how crazy your everyday life has become.

What are my qualifications for this?

  • My older boy is an invalid requiring R.N. level care. We have two R.N.s. One has been on vacation. That means I fill in when she can’t be here.
  • My younger son has high-functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorder. He attends community college, and he has a lot going for him. Even so, he needs supervision.
  • My mother has been having a series of medical crises since last summer. She’s back in the hospital again after having a heart valve replaced. The insurance is running out and time is against us in finding other caregivers for her.
  • Me, I have Major Depressive Disorder, I don’t sleep much, and I’m not getting any younger.

Having said all that, I can also say that I keep writing. I have three stories coming out in three different anthologies in the next few months. Marketing my novel proposals continues. When I sold my pirate novel, I did it with the help of an agent through traditional publishing. I liked that a lot and I’d like to do the same with my fantasy novels and my historical romance series. We’ll see what happens.

What is my secret? Simple. The ongoing chaos that I live in every day provokes powerful emotions inside me. Love and hate. Joy and grief. Depression and exultation. I’ve never been a halfway kind of person. These emotions are often so big inside me I have to let them out. I have to get them down on paper, get them out of my head, give them somewhere to go.


And so I write. Maybe not every single day, but three out of five, I write.

Am I angry? My characters fight.

Am I frightened? My characters either hide from or face what frightens them.

Am I sad? My characters talk about it. They fight about it. They do something stupid or something brave or something that just makes it stop hurting for a while.

Whatever emotion is strongest within you, WRITE ABOUT IT.

Personal journal. Vignette. Short story. Chunk of a novel. Whatever size you need.




No matter how good life is, no matter how bad life gets, WRITE ABOUT IT.

This is how you keep writing. This is how you keep from going under.

Writers commit alchemy every time we put our feelings into words. We take that heavy leaden weight of emotion and through our imaginations we transmute it into the pure gold of storytelling.

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P.S. Why are all the quotations from Ray Bradbury? When I was in grade school he was the first writer to set my mind on fire. Dandelion Wine showed me that I could imagine on paper and make use of everything going on inside my head. The day I finished reading Dandelion Wine was the first day I knew I wanted to be a writer.





Filed under autism, creativity, Depression, Family, fantasy, Fiction, frustration, Goals, Lillian Csernica, neurodiversity, parenting, publication, special education, therapy, worry, Writing

7 responses to “How To Keep Writing When You’re Drowning in Chaos

  1. Only met Bradbury once, but he showed us who he was on the page, and I can’t say that I saw any difference. So I guess he took his own advice.

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  2. Hi Lillian,

    You’re a hero! Doing what you’re doing through depression and caring for your boys. You’re a role model for people in similar positions.

    I also love the fact that you’re a Japanophile! Would love to visit one day. You never know. How did you become so fascinated by Japan? And Steampunk?

    I’m working towards getting into Steampunk. Husband’s got the clothes already but I’m still working on that! And looking into events. We’re going to an event in the Midlands in the summer so I do have a deadline!

    At some point, can I post an article about you?

    Jo, Hampshire UK Creating My Odyssey – Liberating the Real Me After 30 Years of Depression and Anxiety.

    On Wed, 20 Feb 2019, 05:25 Hopes and Dreams: My Writing and My Sons LillianC posted: “by Lillian Csernica on February 18, 2019 Hi there. Today > I will tell you how to keep up that word count and move forward with your > creative life regardless of how crazy your everyday life has become. What > are my qualifications for this? My older boy” >

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    • Hi, Jo. Thank you so much for the kind words. A few years ago I was invited to submit stories for the Clockwork Alchemy anthology 12 Hours Later. That was my first foray into the world of steampunk. I’d already done quite a bit of research on Japan for two novel projects. Setting my stories during Japan’s Industrial Revolution was something of a brainstorm, and it’s turned out quite well.

      I would be honored to be the subject of an article by you. Let me know how I can help.


  3. I love Ray Bradbury! He was and continues to inspire me. His pure joy about writing is wonderful. And you are so right about getting emotions onto the page. It really helps. Thanks for helping other writers to keep going.

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