Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Too early for insecurities

It's the first Wednesday of the month, so time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group post. It's also the first Wednesday of a brand new year though, so it's too early for insecurities. There are twelve fresh, shiny months ahead of us to achieve our aims, get over our bad habits and find reasons to feel good about our writing, our lives and ourselves.

My main resolution this year is not to waste time. Reading a book I enjoy isn't a waste of time, nor is writing a story I could submit somewhere, or setting off in the van for a trip, or having a laugh with a friend.

Internet quizzes I have no interest in the answer to, constantly checking my Amazon ratings, comparing myself with anyone else and all the other 'stuff' that's neither productive or fun are a waste of time. I'm going to make a real effort to realise when that's what I'm doing and stop!

The other resolution is to enter more of the free to enter writing competitions I keep blogging about - like this one which offers the chance to win £500 for just 100 words.

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  1. That's a good goal, Patsy! And it is too early for insecurities.

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    1. Huzzah! Permission from the Ninja Captain to not feel insecure.

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  2. I don't usually make resolutions, but I am definitely trying to stop wasting time. Thanks for the link xx

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    1. Good luck then, Teresa (I know how easy it is to get distracted!)

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  3. Hi Patsy, Happy New Year! Yes, it's all too easy to waste time faffing rather than get things done, I'm aiming to be better at time management this year too (although I didn't mention it in my blog as it comes under general life stuff too rather than writing specific).

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    1. I probably need to do it for general life too, but it's wen I kid myself I'm writing that I waste the most time.

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  4. Good plan, Patsy.

    I'm aiming to be better at time-management this year too.

    Good luck with the competitions. :-)

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    1. We're all going to be so efficient, Carol! Well, maybe.

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  5. Not wasting time wa one of mine too, Patsy, but I broke it within minutes of the new year. I'll start again tomorrow....

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    1. The first few weeks are like a trial period I think, Frances. We can have several fresh starts if we need them.

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  6. Very good goals! I could work on my time wasting too. :)

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  7. I resolve to be more productive almost every week. It hasn't happened yet, but maybe if you can do it, I can too.

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  8. Good goals, Patsy. Love the word 'faffing', Angela. It sums up beautifully what I do... a lot!

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  9. Checking Amazing ratings and comparing ourselves to others are definitely a waste of time.

    Good luck with those contests! :)

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    1. I know it is, Chrys - I've hardly done it at all this year ...

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  10. Wishing you great success with all you try, Patsy, in the coming year!

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    1. Thank you, Carole. I'll be trying lots, so hopefully some will bring results.

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  11. That's an amazing prize. best of luck entering that contest.
    And I'm with you on the no wasting time!

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  12. I love your thinking, Patsy. I am going to use that as my daily mantra: I will not waste time today! We all tend to do too much of that, which as you point out, is counterproductive and leaves us feeling bad about ourselves. So, here is to a year of NO TIME WASTING!! All the best, Patsy and thank you for the competition tips.

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    1. I'm weaning myself off the time wasting stuff gradually, Nicola. I'll get there.

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  13. Definitely think you're looking at time-wasting in the right way - wishing you a productive year!

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  14. Nothing is time wasting Patsy. Even thinking is productive. Well that's my logic anyway. I love the Readers Digest competitions, so I MUST enter this one. I'm going to do it now, honestly!

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    1. Thinking can be very productive, Maggie - as long as we follow it with action.

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  15. I'm good at time wasting too. It's amazing how much time can fly when you're wasting it too :) It certainly never seems to go as fast when you're being productive, at least in my experience.

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    1. Depends what we're being productive at, I think, Joss. It can whizz by when I'm writing.

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  16. Good plan! Another thing: the constant checking of Facebook, Twitter etc

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    1. Yes, it's good to limit that if we can, Hannah.

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  17. The internet quizzes! They do seem to be everywhere these days. I find myself reading articles on TV shows I don't even like just to read the critical review. Sometimes not bad, but a time suck for sure.

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    1. There are so many ways to distract ourselves, aren't there?

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