perils with writing and whatnot
I always have to make sure that I have the hash tag right for the first Wednesday of each month — Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Once each month, Alex J. Cavanaugh, the founder of the group, gives his readers the opportunity to get feedback on their rants and woes about writing. It helps clear the mind so that writers can focus more on what they want to do, write. The event is held the first Wednesday of each month. If you think you’d benefit from a site like this, go join up using the link just above.
I would have made the title Raving Mad, but that would indicate that I’m crazy. Although this may be true, this post is about being angry.
I’m raging mad at myself. I’ve let things get in the way. I’ve let myself be distracted. I haven’t put in 100% to my writing. And I hate admitting it. I hate this feeling and want so much to get rid of it.
Sure, the answer is easy. Just stop letting these things happen. It’s a little easier said than done. It’s like trying to go on a diet. Your motivation is there. You have a plan you feel confident with. You have your support. Yet, you find yourself having those cookies or potato chips. You try again. You may get further with your goal, but there’s that day from hell and you must have that candy bar. Believe me, getting into a regular routine of writing is the same.
I’m still plodding along, but I’m not making the progress that I know I can reach. I feel like whipping my own back until it bleeds so I’ll learn to stick to my plan. No, I won’t do that, but there are days when it get tempting.
Sure, I could give you some really good excuses for letting myself be inattentive to my writing habits. But that’s all they are, excuses. I say I can’t find a time to write when I won’t be bothered. Maybe during the course of normal hours this is true, but how about all those other hours. I’m a housewife. I could stay up late or get up early to write. I’ve been having some digestive problems. This isn’t a reason not to write. It’s a reason to watch what food I’m putting in my body and, maybe, going to the doctor.
There could be an underlying problem that is making me behave this way, although it still is an excuse. Lately I’ve been hating everything I write. I am a boring writer. Everything I write is boring. All this means though is that I need to focus more, stop being in a big fat hurry while I’m writing, and stop being so meticulous about stupid sentence structure.
Now that I’ve typed this out, maybe I’ll get my butt in gear.
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