Wednesday, 2 July 2014

I've not been doing it

It's Insecure Writer's Support Group time again. That means we're half way through the year already! Let's not even think about that.

My current insecurity is that I'm not writing. I haven't given up or anything and I've done some editing and submitted those edited stories, but I haven't written anything new for what seems like a long time (I shan't try to calculate how long in case things are worse than I fear) On a positive note, the garden is looking good, my tan is coming on and I've been to some interesting places and met up with some lovely friends.

I'll probably get back into the writing again soon, won't I?

Talking of me writing into the future and time hurtling in that direction, take a look at this competition. There are good cash prizes on offer.

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  1. But writing isn't just typing words on a keyboard - it's living life, finding out what's been going on, asking questions and doing things. And then, once in a while, writing it up. :)

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    1. In that case I'm doing it right, Robert. Thanks.

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  2. I think Robert, (above comment) is right. Writing is hard work - taking a lot of energy - far more than I realised as I discovered when I had ill health. Taking a break therefore need not be a sign of anything wrong and certainly not laziness, which it can feel like at times. Your output, Patsy, is impressive - so I think you deserve a bit of creative downtime.

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    1. I think it might be laziness in my case, Lindsay, but I agree it isn't neccessarily so.

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  3. Huh. This is totally my problem right now too! I did finally sit down and write some new words a few days ago, but overall I've been very unmotivated this summer. Hopefully we'll both get our mojo back soon. :)

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    1. I haven't drunk all that much, Keith! Oh, thinking! Er, yes that's what I've been doing.

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  5. I was just going to say the same thing but Robert got there before me! Summer is never a good time for my writing and I've decided just to go with the flow.

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  6. I so agree with all the above comments and you are so productive. It's summer, the garden needs your attention, so enjoy and you will soon be back in the grove.

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    1. The garden does need me you're right, Maggie. Right now I think it needs me sitting in it with a book and a cold drink ;-)

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  7. You are recharging your batteries, a totally necessary part of the writing process. :)

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    1. I think they're on trickle feed, Linda.

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  8. Yeah I'm in the same boat. I'm drafting again for the first time in four months, but it's hard going.

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    1. I hope it'll get easier as you get back into it, Misha.

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  9. Even if it's not fresh material, you're still working on it. I go a long time in between projects.

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    1. I am doing some work, Alex. Not much, but some.

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  10. Sometimes we need a bit of a break. Don't beat yourself up - focus on renewing your creativity and filling up that well of ideas. :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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    1. OK, I won't beat myself up, Madeline. If I'm going to skive off I might as well enjoy it, eh?

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  11. Thanks for the link, but will bow out on SF at this time.

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    1. Maybe I can find somehing that'll appeal more, Oscar.

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  12. Hey according to the time stamp on this post you did some WRITING around 8:30 this morning . . . so there. That's the last time you wrote ;) Soon, you'll get around to the 'other' writing. Hugs!

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    1. It's true that I'm keeping up with the blog posts, S.K. That's better than nothing.

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  13. Well, congrats on a great looking garden! Even though you're not writing, you're still doing things writers do, so that's good. :)

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    1. I'm doing the things that writers who laze in the sun do, Chrys!

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  14. Sometimes a short break from writing is what is needed. The garden thanks you ;)

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    1. As long as I do keep it to a short break all should be well, Lynda.

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  15. Life does get in the way, doesn't it, but when we return, lots of experiences to use.

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    1. I wouldn't be better off if I never moved from the keyboard I don't suppose, Carole.

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  16. We all need doing and thinking time, Patsy - your subconscious is just having a rest and stocking up on new ideas!

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    1. I hope I can find where it puts them, Rosemary!

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  17. I miss my creative time working on new stories too. But life happens and my focus has been on publishing my latest, finding a full-time paying job, dealing with some milestone personal dilemmas, and whipping my house into shape by completing some improvement projects. My goal is to be ready to write new stuff again in the fall. [Fingers crossed.] You'll know when it's time to write again. Your body and brain will insist on it!

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    1. With all that going on you certsinly deserve a break, Kim!

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  18. Oh Patsy, you can't be as bad as I was - I went nearly 2 years without writing a single new thing. I only started again because the vet sent in a bill for a colic episode and I needed some cash! I've also just sold a 5-part serial to WW which made me so excited I burst into tears, oh what a drip!!! Your mojo will come back again, it's just in a 'resting' phase. You're a writer born so it will all come flooding back - hopefully in less than 2 years!

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    1. You sold it!!!! Congratulations, that's fantastic. Hope there's some of the fee left for you after you've sorted out Hoss.

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  19. I always find that reading lots of different books get my creative juices flowing. Also trying to write something different.
    I'm sure your writer's muse will be back, Patsy:)

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    1. I have been reading lots of different stuff, Jenny.

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  20. I've been in the same boat as you, but after 5 months, I have a brand new first draft which I'm looking forward to working on this afternoon. Sometimes the break is needed - just have confidence that you'll always come back to it.

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    1. I don't doubt I'll be back to writing soon, Annalisa. I can't imagine not doing it.

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  21. You may not be physically writing, but you're giving those ideas plenty of time to brew. When you're ready, I'm sure you'll produce a cracker, Patsy!

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    1. Thank you. Ideas and tea are both brewing away!

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  22. You write more than anybody I know.. It's a good thing to be normal... and do other things, then when you get the pen out, it will be acceptances all the way. And a novel waiting to be published. It gives your characters chance to brew around a bit while they wait for you. Happy Gardening and travels... xx

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    1. Thanks for the vote f confidence, Suzy!

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  23. How reassuring to know I'm not alone in losing my mojo which happens frequently especially as I don't have ideas buzzing around in my head all the time like some people seem to do. (Why IS that?)
    What is writing though? It surely isn't just creating a brand new project. I've always classed rejigging my gargantuan pile of rejected stories as writing - and I do enjoy doing that. And then I do have something at least to send 'out there.'
    Patsy if your blog and those lovely witty replies to these comments aren't writing I don't know what is.
    Happy 'research' (gardening, reading etc) until your mojo returns which I know it will xx

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