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“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Insecure Writer's Support Group - February

Once again it is time for Captain Alex's Insecure Writer's Support Group. In case you came from another planet, you know Alex Cavanaugh and his blog - he has to be the most supportive blogger on the internet. You can find him here: http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com

I'm not insecure this month - I just haven't had time to write. I am not a happy camper when I'm not writing, so I've made it a priority once again. Writing time is going on my calendar at least three times a week. Sacred. Not to be interfered with. It's not that I'm complaining. Life happens. Two back to back bouts of bronchitis and other responsibilities that needed to be dealt with - that stuff just happens.  But the longer it goes on that writing isn't a priority, the less likelihood there is of me returning to it with the commitment and energy it needs and deserves.

How about you? Does anything interfere with your writing time?


Annalisa Crawford said...

As a serial procrastinator, everything interferes with my writing time... and when I'm washing my windows for the third time this week, I think 'I really should be writing' :-) I hope you get back into writing regularly!

M. J. Joachim said...

Here's to better health for you! And here's a powder puff kick in the rear...now get your fingers warmed up and keep writing!

L.G. Smith said...

Yeah, I get grumpy when stuff interferes with my writing for more than a day or two. I spent the weekend working on other stuff (blogging stuff) and was kind of upset that I didn't get to work on my novel. It's just two days, but I start to drift from the story if I'm away from it for too long. Takes me awhile to get back in the flow again. I missed writing for a couple of weeks while traveling and it took me almost a month to get back into my usual rhythm again.

Karen Walker said...

Annalisa, I just began by reading what I've written so far. Bout halfway now and thank goodness, I really like what I have so far
M.L. yup
L.G. yes, it's hard, but we can do it!

Siv Ottem said...

Oh Yeah! My son has moved back home, more home renovations, job turned into full time awhile, a lost manuscript, my mothers continued demise into her own world and general depression. I am guessing that spring will come with the positive :) Writing is something we because we have to, so when the time is right the words will come.

Natasha Hanova said...

I think its great that your scheduling time to write. Sometimes that's what it takes. As a mom to three, I have many many many interferences with my writing time. I'm constantly jotting things down on index cards, grocery receipts, recording messages for later, etc.

As writers, life interrupts our progress.

Sometimes we get scraps of time, sometimes long stretches. For the sake of our craft, we can't be afraid to tell the people around us to give us some space.

LD Masterson said...

I love Annalisa's phrase, "serial procrastinator". That would be me.

There are lots of legitimate distractions (yesterday I was taking care of a sick grandson), but I create plenty of my own, too. Can you say spider solitaire?

Karen Walker said...

Siv, your words made me take a deep breath - thank you
Natasha, so true
LD, what IS it about that stupid game - I waste hours

Tracy Moore said...

Oh boy do I ever get distracted! Even when there isn't a whole lot going on externally, I always have so many ideas bouncing around in my head that it's very difficult for me to stay focused sometimes. When I do get on a roll and stay there for a while, I am ever so grateful. Yay...glad to hear that you are finally feeling well enough to get back into things. And yes...me too...the longer I procrastinate, the harder it is to resume.

Susan Roebuck said...

Hope you're better. If I'm not well I definitely can't write and if I am well, I muck about on the internet for too long! And then wonder why I'm grumpy

Meika Usher said...

My post this month was all about having time to write, and whether or not I was wasting it. It's perhaps the hardest thing about writing -- finding the time.

Nice to meet you!

C. Lee McKenzie said...

There is definitely a difference between being insecure and simply not having the time to write. Next week you'll find that time, okay?

T. Drecker said...

Life can get in the way sometimes :) Hope you're feeling better!

Julie Flanders said...

Yeah, I've been wanting to get back to my NaNo project for months now and things seem to keep getting in my way. I think you are wise to schedule time like that, good idea. And I'm sorry you've had bouts of sickness, I hope you are feeling much better now and the rest of the season will be kinder to you. Take care!

Anonymous said...

You know, I've been real cranky this week, and I just figured out why after reading your post! It's b/c I haven't had time to write, duh!! Too busy with marketing, a necessary evil but my least favorite part about this business:-(

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Arlee Bird said...

I can say I'm in good company then. It seems like there's always something coming up to interfere with my writing time. Some of them are the stupidest things too. This past week I've been absorbed in trying to get my van to pass the California smog inspection. Total weirdness that I won't even go into here, but finally today it passed. Yay! Shouldn't have to deal with that for another 2 years now.

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good for you!
Yes, I have two things that interfere, which is why I'm putting writing aside for a few months.

Johana Vera said...

Hi! To answer your question... Oh, yes.

Ideas for new books interfere with my writing time. Not so cool when you can't finish ONE WIP.

Crazy, huh? Well, it serves to write these IWSG posts, no?

Nigel Mitchell said...

Lately, doing promotion and marketing has drowned out writing, which is frustrating. I need to focus more on writing more instead of trying to sell what I've written.

celeste holloway said...

Hey, Karen!

This is exactly where I'm at right now! It seems like life just keeps getting in the way, darn it! And if I don't write, I fall into the depths, so I know I gotta jump back in. Even if I have to go back to writing at night, after the kiddo goes to bed, I'll do whatever it takes to get back my joy. Thanks for this post. I hope you feel better and write until your fingers need a massage. :D

Pk Hrezo said...

lol... um, EVERYTHING interferes with my writing. Some in a good way, most, not. But we learn to sacrifice, don't we. I gave up TV a few years ago.
I'm glad you're making it a priority cuz it's so worth it. :)

DL Hammons said...

The list of interferences is endless...but thank goodness for headphones and DVR's! :)

Tammy Theriault said...

hopefully you'll get back on your feet, wear some flashy high heels, and get to writing! :D