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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Insecure Writer's Support Group - March

I am not writing. I am not writing. I am not writing. I am singing and practicing and seeing friends and going for dinners. And I am not writing. I am not writing. I am not writing. Does that make me insecure? No, it makes me mad. Why can I not make something so important to me a priority?
Oh well, tomorrow is another day. I feel better now. Thanks, Alex, http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com for creating a place to whine, ahhh , I mean share.

Blessings,
Karen

23 comments:

jaybird said...

Hahahaha! Karen, I think we've all felt like this from time to time. My priorities this week and last have kind of prevented me from writing. Life happens! Have fun singing. Maybe write about that, when your done, lol

L.G. Smith said...

I get grumpy when I get too busy to write. I missed a few days last week because of other stuff and it messed up my rhythm. I don't mind missing a day or two if I have it planned, but when I'm supposed to write and something gets in the way I do get upset. Sigh.

LD Masterson said...

Venting is good. Doing all those other things is good. Now go write.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

All the *other* things you are doing are only fuel for your writing fire :D

Hart Johnson said...

Figure out a spot and schedule it. I think it is usually more a problem of logistics than not caring enough... solve the logistic problem...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Get mad enough and you might just write something!
At least, that's always my theory.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

It doesn't mean you don't care...just that it's tough to find the time! I think Hart has good suggestions. :)

Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

I'm taking a class now on how to write daily--as if I don't know. But the theory is 15 minutes a day. Just 15 minutes. Most times it leads to more but if not, then at least you have 15 minutes of something.

MAJK said...

That's how I feel every day when I am at work - even though I love my work I still think "I could be writing."

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Schedule a time like a job or an appointment. That will make you find the time.

DL Hammons said...

At least you're saying "I'm not writing!" I'd be worried if it didn't bother you. :)

Denise Covey said...

You must need a break from writing. Chill.

Karen Walker said...

Thanks everyone for this wonderful advice. I was gone all day today - I am really going to take this to heart and set time every day to write.
Karen

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Boy, can I ever relate. Sometimes, it seems like my middle name is Procrastination. But, in due time, the writing will come. Your singing and practicing and spending time with friends is important, too.

doreen mc gettigan said...

I schedule writing time or I would never have time. I get up an hour earlier (5am) 3 days a week. I hated it at first but its grown on me.
I love good harmonies and remember some friends that had a band say they would lay on the Floor in a dark room and practice until they got it right.

doreen mc gettigan said...

I schedule writing time or I would never have time. I get up an hour earlier (5am) 3 days a week. I hated it at first but its grown on me.
I love good harmonies and remember some friends that had a band say they would lay on the Floor in a dark room and practice until they got it right.

Paul Anthony Shortt said...

I feel you. I've been focused a lot on my edits for Book 2 and simply very tired when not doing that, so I am way behind on my writing.

Sharon Lippincott said...

Do yourself a favor and order a copy of THE MINDFUL WRITER, a tiny little volume by Dinty Moore. This book is a bible for writers. It's only about 15,000 words long, comprised of 59 entries that read like meditations on quotations from other writers. It feeds your writer-heart. Read it slowly, slowly, mind-full-ly. You will write better. You will live better. You will love better.

I've fallen in love with Dinty Moore, author of the memoir THE ACCIDENTAL BUDDHIST, and several books about writing. He's right there next to Lee Gutkind as a Guru in the creative non-fiction world, and I'd say Dinty is the heart of the movement. I think I'll be reading a selection from THE MINDFUL WRITER each day, first thing.

Julie Flanders said...

I've been feeling like this for quite a while now. I'm doing everything but writing and, even though I'm enjoying everything else, I know I can't keep this up. I hope you are able to write "I AM writing" soon, Karen. :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

It's ok. You'll get back to it. I know you will. Life just gets crazy sometimes. Forgive yourself, and pull out a pen and write a word, and then another, and soon you'll have a sentence for the day, and then repeat.

We've all been in that overly busy place . . .sometimes we need life experiences to throw some creativity into the mix before we write again. At least that's what I tell myself when I go too long without writing.

elizabethwatgibson said...

Perhaps this is a time your higher mind or your muse is gathering ideas. Perhaps you needed space from what you were writing. Whatever the reason enjoy the moment. You will get back to the writing when your heart is so full it needs to express those feelings.

damyantiwrites said...

Karen, love your self. Give up the guilt-- you're not writing, so what?

You're having a good time, you're living, and your mind is soaking things up-- fodder for stories when they decide to knock on your door.

Gene Bodzin said...

Karen, I've wanted to write you about this for more than a month -- talk about not writing! I have been a writer for more than twice as long as many of your readers have been alive, and I spent much of that time looking forward to the time when I could write without worrying about making money at it. That happened for about twenty years. But it came to a stop last summer, when I wrote a resignation letter to the people I had been corresponding with. I have dabbled in some of my old stuff since then, even publishing a book of old blog posts, but I feel like a child playing with food, knowing I am not serious about doing anything real with it. It does not bother me because I have always believed there is a time to breathe in and a time to breathe out. Times when I am not writing are just times for observation and preparation. If I am a writer -- and I have never thought I was anything else -- the material will find a way to express itself eventually. I have never worried about writer's block, never even believed in it; if something is worth saying, I will say it. Sometimes I think we are so product-oriented that we are afraid of down time. Not me. I have had bouts that lasted lots longer than this, and I was still there when they ended.