Real Life Sucks

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 May 2 posting of the IWSG are E.M.A. Timar, J. Q. Rose, C.Lee McKenzie, and Raimey Gallant!

Happy spring, if you’re in the northern hemisphere! Where I’m at, we bizarrely jumped from winter right into summer this past week, but I’m not complaining. It’s so nice to have the windows open and the heat off–and no snow on the ground!

At the moment, writing is hard and that’s my insecurity. My “day job” is quite taxing right now, as my boss was fired and I was forced to take over a leadership role in the interim until someone fills his position. Mostly, I’m qualified to do it but–it’s been really, really stressful and busy, which is why I never wanted to be the boss. I’m not complaining because they’re paying me, but writing–and blogging–is suffering in the meantime. I know this won’t last forever, but it’s frustrating. I’ll come back to what I love, I just have to get through this rough spot.

I know this happens to other writers too. If you’d like to share your stories about real life getting in the way of your writing, please do! It’ll be nice to commiserate.

May 2 question – It’s spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?

I write no matter the season, but I think when the weather starts getting warmer it’s more distracting–I want to go outside! I want to be out in the good weather! I’ve tried writing out on my balcony, but honestly too much air and too much of a view is even MORE distracting. I prefer to just get the writing done and then go have some fun.

How about you? How is your spring going (or fall, if you’re on the southern part of the globe)?

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  1. Yes, life does suck! One moment I have plenty of time to write but hardly any work hours and money worries… Then I have hardly any time to write and a lot of work. Somedays I feel the urge to write and other times I have to force the words out. I love spring, I like getting out of the house finally and enjoying the fresh air. Sometimes going for walks can be inspiring but the brighter mornings make it hard to sleep and a sleepy brain is not one that wants to write

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  2. Glass half full, you’re going to be able to turn this trying experience into a story someday! But throw the glass at the wall for now, because you’re feelings are valid, and I hope you get over this hump soon. 🙂 Great post!

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  3. I’ve totally gone through times like that with my day job or other life challenges that make it impossible to write. I’ve just had to accept them as frustrating as they are. Hope they hire a new boss for you soon.

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  4. I get just as distracted by spring. It is hard to sit and write, but I try to make it a priority. I’m sorry your day-job is taking a toll, but it sounds like, frustrations aside, you have the right attitude. This will pass and you can return to what you love. I hope things settle for you quickly.

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  5. Well, yes, the day job completely interferred with my writing. And as a supervising attorney, the 60-70 hour work weeks just didn’t leave much writing time after the family time. I know writers who seem to do it all. I wasn’t one of them. So a five-year plan got me out of the day job last month. It’s a bit scary, but very exciting, because writing is all I have ever had a passion to do. I hope things calm down for you soon.

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  6. I’m in GA and we too jumped from winter to summer. LOL
    Sorry real life is getting in the way. I’m already having to prepare myself for giving up my quiet hours (7:30-2:30) M-F when school lets out in 2 weeks. My focus shifts and I don’t have the same dedicated hours available. My over all productivity will go down, but I’ll keep chugging forward as best I can from Mid May to August when they go back.

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  7. I’ve never had a job get in the way, but adopting a tiny puppy sure put a wrench in my writing. I was tired all the time, and any free moments were spent trying to get other tasks done. Writing fell by the wayside, and honestly, a year later, it is still hard to focus, find time. I need to get back to my writing routines. Maybe I’ll start today. Best of luck to you!

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    1. Honestly I was kinda “tricked” into it, or more like, it just HAPPENED. Supposedly someone was coming in to take over, but then it was like well we need you to do this and this and now I’m doing it all. Luckily, I’m trained for it. And also luckily they just hired a new manager, but she won’t be installed until next month. Just holding on right now!

      Thanks!

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  8. I feel your pain and hope they get someone in quick. My personal crazy is sun up to sun down with a couple wake up sessions in the night. Day to day is often all we can manage, eh?

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  9. I totally understand about the spring distraction! That’s what I wrote about too.
    Good luck with the difficult days at the day job right now. You’ll get through them. But yes, it’s hard when it depletes your time and energy and takes away from your writing.

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  10. Spring has not shown up at all. The season skipped into summer this week. But pretty sure the temperature is going to drop again.

    Don’t think I’d ever want to be in supervisor/managerial role so feel your pain. At least it’s temporary and the extra pay is a perk.

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      1. Thanks Megan. Agree with you all the way about Canva and love it more now that they have book cover templates for Wattpad and Kindle. Some of the images I used for the covers came from Pixabay too.

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  11. It’s Autumn here and our days are getting shorter and cooler. I already miss the summer. Good luck with the job. Stuck with it, at least the extra money is good.

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  12. Being the boss is hard and stressful at times. But at least there’s the extra money while you cover the job. So glad winter looks like it’s finally over up north. You guys have had such a rough time of it weather-wise.

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