Fighting For It

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 August 1 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, Sandra Hoover, Susan Gourley, and Lee Lowery!

Hoo boy, this is my first post on the blog in WEEKS and I simply must apologize to my followers and readers. Offline life was wild in July. The good: I went on an AMAZING vacation to Iceland (which I will talk about in another blog post this week). The suck: my ‘day job’ has increased in hours, responsibilities, and the demand for my attention, so I’ve had a hard time being around on here even when I’m not on vacation. Real life bites, doesn’t it? Except when it nibbles.

That’s where my insecurity comes from this month, of course–all the outside demands for my attention means my writing, and certainly my blogging, is suffering. Some nights I literally come home from work, sleep, and go right back in the morning. In theory, this situation is only temporary due to various factors at work, but it leaves me no time or energy for writing right now. I can barely maintain my house and run errands let alone find time to be creative.

But, I’m going to try to fit it in, chaos be damned. Because I have fit it in, all my life, no matter what was happening. I’ve always MADE the time and I’m going to have to do that again until things get smoother. I just have to find the focus. Hey, at least I made it for the IWSG this month!

August 1 question – What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?

One thing that took me a long time to realize is not to rush things. Though it hurts to admit, not everything you write is gold. Especially when you’re a fairly new writer. In fact, you write a lot of crap that you think is brilliant but is really, well, crap. When I was younger I tended to think I was some kind of magician with words and was quick to send all my fine masterpieces off to publishers way ahead of them actually being ready for publication–and I received an ever-growing steaming pile of rejections as a result.

Writing and perfecting a work takes time–a lot of time, and a lot of patience. And even when you do shape and mold it carefully and get it all pretty and shiny, it might still be a dud and never get published. But if us writers are anything, it’s gluttons for punishment. So try, try again!

Thank you to all my readers for sticking around during this time. I’m going to try to get more posts up this month!

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  1. I hope your work schedule is lightening up some. I get that energy drain. I’m JUST getting to the point where I feel like I can get a few words down every now and then–post baby, and it’s almost been a year.

    And I second the not rushing. Every step along the way is necessary for what comes next.

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  2. Hope things calm down for you! And though I never really rushed into things with writing, mostly because I didn’t know where to go in the whole process, I do have to admit a lot of stuff I wrote was just crap. 🙂

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  3. Haha yeah there are some stories kicking about in boxes under my bed that I’m sure would make me cringe if I looked at them now. I also hate how things get so busy that you can’t do everything you want to do but Iceland sounds amazing, hope you had fun 🙂

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  4. There’s an old journal around that contains my teenage poetry. I’m too afraid to ever look at it, lol. 🙂 Happy IWSG day, and I hope your trip was awesome. Looking forward to the deets.

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  5. Iceland sounds fantastic! I’ve heard great things about it though I’m not adventurous enough myself to make the journey.

    I hope your work life gets back to normal soon. Work, sleep, repeat sounds rather draining!

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  6. Hope you can find the time you need to get your writing in. I’m counting down the days til my kids go back to school so I can hopefully be productive again.
    And I agree on taking your time. I am not the most patient person, but I have had to realize that slow and steady will win the race.

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  7. Life is wacky – and squeezing in that writing is hard. Hope the job slows down a little for you soon.
    Iceland sounds like an amazing place

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  8. Looking forward to your Iceland post – a place I’ve always wanted to visit. Patience is so important, but so hard to take on board, I’ve found. You just want to see your baby out there in the world, even when it’s not quite ready.

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