Wednesday, 1 July 2015

IWSG

It's Insecure Writers' Support Group time again. It's open to anyone who ever suffers writerly insecurities, worries or concerns ... which I think includes just about everyone who's ever had a go at writing.

I expect my current 'issue' is a common one - it's lack of time. Of course I have exactly as much time as everyone else. I'm far luckier than many in that I could, if I wished, spend a large proportion of my time writing. But ... there are so many other interesting things to do.

What do you think, should I make more effort to concentrate on the writing, or is having a life away from the keyboard and characters just as important?

Another, rather different insecurity is the realisation that I have to select a winner for my free to enter writing competition - and there are already several rather good entries.


20 comments:

  1. For me writing is a sort of sharing with others about the things which I love and which excite and stimulate me. To concentrate too much upon keyboarding would be to give up on everything I love and just focus upon the life I've lived so far instead. the big bonus is that while I am out and about enjoying myself I am really hard at work gathering material. :)

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    1. That's pretty much how I see things, Robert.

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  2. Writing or doing something else that adds value to your life is great, but I struggle with spending hours worrying about writing/my writing abilities/my career prospects, etc. I'd much rather spend my time away from writing enjoying hobbies, reading, socialising, meditating,.. If you are actually living life when you're not writing, I say go for it!

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    1. I can't say I've never worried about my writing,abilities/prospects etc, but generally that's not how I spend my non writing time, Hayley. Hope IWSG can help you reduce the time you spend on that stuff too.

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  3. Time for adventures is just as important. :) It's about balance, I suppose. Which I'm no good at right now, (this was my insecurity too.) ;-)

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    1. I fit in some adventures, Rachel - whether that makes me balanced or not I couldn't say.

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  4. I suppose it all depends on whether you write for a living or for pleasure. Either way you need a break away from the keyboard. Otherwise, how will you gather your material?

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    1. For me it's both - but other things give me pleasure too.

      Maybe if writing is the job rather than a hobby, it's even more important to get a break, Maggie?

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  5. Having a life is good, but focusing on writing is also good. If some obligations are taking you way, try to eliminate some. If family and fun is taking you away, enjoy it! :)

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    1. I don't think my non writing obligations are excessively numerous or time consuming, Chrys (I really am very lucky!)

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  6. Take living life to be able to write about, so I say enjoy some time away doing other things.

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  7. Go party and carry on, I say, and work hard when you return.

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    1. Sometimes I even work while I'm away, Oscar (have to really or I'd get very little done)

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  8. If you don't live, Patsy, you'll have nothing to write about. I think that sums up what most of the others are saying.

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    1. I think so too, Charlie and I think it makes a lot of sense.

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  9. Writing was always a personal journey for me. I do it primarily because I enjoy it. Getting published - fine, but disappointment follows too often if it becomes a very serious ambition.

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    1. I think it's important to enjoy the writing even if we do hope to be published, Dr Henry. If it's too much of a struggle to write it, won't that show?

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  10. I think everyone struggles with time. I really enjoy reading blogs, but when time gets lean it's what get trimmed away first. Which is a shame because I really do enjoy the connections blogging gives you.

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    1. If you're cutting back on blogging to do things which are even more important to you, then it's probably the right choice, Sharon.

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Thanks so much for commenting!