Thursday, February 2, 2012

Insecure Writers Group: Time

I’m a day late with this post which only reinforces my greatest insecurity. Time. Where the hell is it going? It’s February already and I’m wondering exactly where January went or the whole of last year for that matter.

Am I spending enough time writing?  The conflicts of working a full time day job, along with the drama and needs of a large family tend to eat away at my ‘me’ time. Where some women might take a break to get a manicure, take a hot bubble bath, or have lunch with a girlfriend…I do not, at least not in a normal month.  I write.

I cut corners, create shortcuts, anything and everything I can do to have time to sit and bang away at imaginary worlds with made up characters that never do dishes or scrub toilets.  YES.

I combat my insecurity by telling myself I will reach my goals; it just might take a little longer than the original plan. And in the mean time, we will eat off paper plates, and learn to love casseroles from a box. I will continue to live with ragged cuticles, dry skin, and pissed off friends.

Because I have a story to write.

Note: This post is part of Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group.  Check it out.  You know you want to.


  1. Well, you're doing better than I am. I didn't even get a post up for the IWSG.

    Too bad you don't live closer, I would take you out for lunch. I wouldn't even get mad if you ignored me and spent the time writing. I would probably sneak my laptop into the restaurant too. :)

    Also, I LOVE that photo you found. Beautiful.

  2. Oh yes, I know exactly how that goes. People call me and ask what I'm doing and it's always the same answer: writing! I don't even watch tv anymore - except for The Walking Dead :)

  3. In some ways January felt really long to me, but in many others it felt like it just zipped by. Gah.

  4. As long as writing is enjoyable (for the most part, at least) then it's worth the time-in fact, it's just as good as a bubble bath! At least you're sticking to it; sounds like you're making good progress. Keep up the good work (though hopefully, with a few more relaxing moments sprinkled in there). Good luck :)

  5. Ah, I know what you mean--where the hell did the time go? I feel like I'm watching the weeks pass by and don't have anything to show for them. As for the state of my cuticles?--oh goodness. let's not go there. It's better that way.

  6. We do the best we can, right? Just keep working, keep moving forward. It will all work out in the end.

  7. People who think writing is easy should take a good hard look at the life of a writer. It's tough, and it's really time consuming. But keep squeezing out as much time as you can, and hopefully everyone else will understand.

  8. I guess as long as you manage a little every day/week then you're making progress. I found out the hard way that getting too stressed up about it is self defeating, then you become ill and everything grinds to a halt...


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