Work Happens Because of You #IWSG #AMWRITING
[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here
Happy IWSG Day!
Thank you to the IWSG hosts for the month of June: SE White, Cathrina Constantine, Natalie Aguire, Joylene Nowell Butler, and Jacqui Murray!
Thank you to you, and thank you to the wonderful IWSG hosts who are spreading the writing love this month.
What I know
One thing that anyone who’s ever been close to me knows, I don’t give up easily. Being a mom, working full time and then some extra time when I have to, not every day goes as I wish. Some days though I do manage to free up some time, and I take advantage of it, whether I’m in my car waiting for my son to finish Taekwondo class, or quickly accessing my story for a brief 20 minute writing marathon on my computer. I make it work. Writing helps me get through life, and I have to make time for that.
This month’s question asks, “When the going gets tough writing the story, how do you keep yourself writing to the end? If you have not started the writing yet, why do you think that is and what do you think could help you find your groove and start?”
Goals. A plan. A few inspirational books in my genre are always within reach. I can’t write every day. Some weeks I’m lucky to slip in a day at all, but I know when these days are. I do have a plan. Other weeks, I may have three days I can spare thirty minutes, an hour, sometimes two. I’m not one to sit down and write for hours and hours at a time anyway. But I do carry a small notebook and I brainstorm for 5 to ten minutes whenever I can squeeze it in to map out a new journey in a scene. When I can’t think of a place to start, I always seek out a book that inspired me once. I read a favorite chapter and I study the structure. That in itself, gets me moving.
So what about you? What jars you into focus? What helps you get back into a scene when you have to step away for a bit?
The spring has passed now and I do have time to get back to writing. This last week was really good to me. I think I turned out 2600 great words and lots of scene development. I see the end of my story. Maybe I’ll be done this summer? I’m not sure. I can try. That’s all we can hope for some days 🙂
Happy IWSG Day. Don’t quit. Seek things around you that bring you energy. Look for inspiration at your fingertips.
Posted on June 1, 2022, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.
I don’t have hours a day to devote to my writing either. But squeezing in those 30 minutes to an hour a few times a week or every day can help us make progress. A lot of debut authors I interview who work full-time say that’s how they do it too.
You’re making good progress! Daily isn’t always doable, so we have to fit writing in where we can.
Carrying a notebook with you is smart.
I hope your summer days produce a lot of words!
Thank you! The end is in sight!
Congrats on getting the words down. Your post makes it clear you earn each and every one of them. I honestly feel a little on the spoiled side. I sit down first thing in the AM with my coffee and I plug away.
Anna from elements of emaginette
I’m glad the week worked out for you where you got a lot of writing done. It’s hard trying to balance out our art lives (writing included) and the other parts of our lives. But I’ve always believed that if you like doing something enough you’ll find a way to do it no matter the obstacles.
I wish you a great summer, writing-wise. You can do it.
You sound like a busy working mother. I am the same way, and have always written in fits and starts around the demands of my family. You learn how to squeeze in that all-important creative writing time.
Sounds like you’ve got a good plan going and you’re making it work. Congrats on your writing progress! Hope this summer brings The End (of your story). 🙂
Thank you Lori. I hope so too.
Your organisation, and use of short passages of time, has my admiration! Keep going!
The way you organise your life and your writing has me reeling in admiration. Keep going!
I hear you! There are always moments in the day that can be snatched to make time for writing!
My time is also very tight. I think this is one of the reasons why I gravitate to FF.
Flash fiction allows for writing in bits and pieces.
Carrying a notebook with you is an excellent idea.
Thank you so much for stopping in and sharing this with me 🙂