Time Flies

This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The awesome co-hosts for the March 7 posting of the IWSG are Mary Aalgaard, Bish Denham, Jennifer Hawes, Diane Burton, and Gwen Gardner!

Happy March! I can’t believe it’s the third month of the year already. In my part of the world, spring is slowly approaching and I’m ready for it–no more snow! Of course, around here we still get snow in spring so it’s more like summer I’m waiting for and that’s a long way off. If the time keeps flying like it has been though, it’s going to get here faster than I expect.

Right now in my writing world, I’m playing the waiting game. Waiting for the first round of edits for my upcoming book, waiting to hear back on a submission to another publisher. Waiting to have the next book sorted out enough in my head that I can start writing it–and I think it’ll be soon, thankfully. I tend to fear I’m being lazy when I’m just “waiting,” even though that’s just the writer neurosis talking. The best way to fill up waiting time is by doing something, though. You’re far less likely to make yourself crazy if you’re busy–or so I hear!

Frantically checking your email every hour doesn’t seem to help much either. Anybody else more anxious than insecure this month?

March 7 question – How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/ finish a story?

This is a great time for this question because I JUST finished writing a book. It still needs tons of revision and editing, but I finished the first draft. The funny thing is, every time I do this, I think bells and whistles should go off and someone should throw a party in my honor, but in reality I just heave a deep, satisfied sigh, save the document, save a backup, and then get on with the day. It’s so anticlimactic!

Of course it’s not really the end until you finish editing, and then if it gets accepted by a publisher it’s not the end once again until it actually comes out for sale. I feel like that should be a much more dramatic event in my life too, but it never is.

Speaking of that, March 3rd was the three year anniversary of my first book THE WICKED CITY being published! I can’t believe it’s been that long, and at the same time, I can’t believe it was only three years ago. Funny how that is, huh?

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  1. Maybe we should call them milestones instead of goals, that way you don’t have to be completely finished with publishing the book before you can celebrate. There’s nothing wrong with waiting, so enjoy the time off while you have it. Good luck with the publisher.

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  2. Playing the “waiting game” sounds attractive to anyone being crazy busy right now, I’m sure. But, I agree with you that this part of the process causes anxiety and doubt. Like many writers, I”m sure that you have an incredible amount of ideas bubbling up and that you will never be bored. I know I wouldn’t. But, Id love me some extra time to read a good book. 🙂 Not the way this year is flying by, though! Looking forward to summer as well.

    Congrats on the 3rd anniversary for your first book publishing success. I’m with you that I only plan to celebrate the big events, as in finishing the whole book, instead of the first draft. But then again, based on your post, the book isn’t completely finished until it is for sale. Now, that would be a milestone to celebrate! Thank you for co-hosting this month, Megan!

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    1. Ha! I need to give myself more time to relax really. Time where I’m NOT fretting about the fact I’m not writing. I swear becoming a writer made me neurotic…or did being neurotic make me a writer?! (Chicken and egg, there!)

      Thank you so much! And thanks for stopping by!

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  3. HI Megan. First of all, I love the layout of your blog here. Really lovely. “I tend to fear I’m being lazy when I’m just “waiting,” was an observation that resonated with me. I totally know what you mean. In these moments, I am painfully aware of time slipping by and me not writing. When I finish a project (and I have yet to finish an entire novel), I like to print it, so that I can see the stack of paper, feel the weight of it. It gives substance to it, brings it fully into the physical reality. Happy three year anniversary, by the way. Thanks for the post, and happy writing to you!

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    1. Thank you so much, I just changed it up!

      I know just what you mean. Why do us writers never give ourselves a break, huh? It’s always about feeling anxious if you don’t have a project. Thanks for stopping by and the nice comments!

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  4. I know the anticlimactic feeling! Yes to the save copy, and yes to the backup, lol. I have figured out a good way to reward myself now that I’m on Bookstagram all the time. I have a (huge) wishlist of candles/bookmarks/books and when I finish a goal my reward is to buy something from the list 🙂

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    1. Ooooh, now that’s a good idea! I never thought of doing that for myself. Today I’ve found the most used answers are binge-watch a TV show and eat chocolate. I’m getting lots of great ideas. Thanks!

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  5. Congrats on finishing your first draft! It feels wonderful, doesn’t it?? I’ve been checking my email and refreshing it every ten seconds for the past month. UGH.

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  6. Congrats on your anniversary! I don’t tend to celebrate finishing things for very long because there is always something else that needs to be done. It’s never-ending. Which can be good or bad depending on your mood.

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  7. Congrats on your 3rd anniversary! Waiting is the pits. Waiting for edits is a good time to write blogs to promote your book. I wish I’d thought of that during my last edits. LOL Best wishes.

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  8. Congrats on getting your first draft done 🙂 I’ve been trying to celebrate each stage in my writing journey, but it’s never really over until it’s published so I feel a little bit like I’m jinxing things if I celebrate too much at the earlier stages.

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