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#IWSG – Raging Mad

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.

Raging Mad

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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.



12 comments on “#IWSG – Raging Mad

  1. No self flagellation allowed, Glynis. I know how you feel about trying to work with constant interruptions. When you find a way to not be bothered during the day so you can write, let me know the trick. 🙂

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    • Glynis Jolly

      Writing after Hubby goes to bed is working so far except I’m only getting 1 1/2 hours of writing in instead of 2 1/2 hours. Still, it’s better than 15 minutes or none at all. Next week things may be settling down again, which will be a big help. 🙂


  2. Cat

    I can hear… feel… that frustration, Glynis… now that doesn’t seem like a boring writer to me. I think self-criticism is good but it’s better when we learn from it rather than use it to whip our backs. Hope you feel a bit better

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    • Glynis Jolly

      Cat, you are sweet. I’m boring, believe me. I can’t imagine anyone reading a whole novel that I would write. I need more practice and training in all areas of the craft.

      Despite all the negativeness poured out in this post, because of readers like you and the others who have commented, I do feel encouraged and am willing to go back into battle. 😛

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      • Cat

        I suffer from the same fear of boring people. When we write, read, edit, read…. there’s always a danger of over editing and because our brain is numb in the process, I think the piece of writing can sound boring to us. Maybe what makes a good writer is the self-criticism, but try not to beat yourself up with it 😉

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  3. Let's CUT the Crap!

    I hear you, Glynis. I follow a similar plan to Jacqui’s. I give the place a quick pickup when family are coming for dinner. However, I do not a.c.c.o.m.p.l.i.s.h. as much as I should or could. Sigh.

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    • Glynis Jolly

      Because I come from a family of neat freaks, I’m certain that I could focus better on my writing if I’d just get my house in order. (a perfectionist trait?)


      • Let's CUT the Crap!

        I did a lot of that, believe me. Retirement gave me a different perspective. I used to embarrass myself picking a thread off the carpet while entertaining company. That was then. This is now. I’d rather concentrate on me now…and my kitties. 😀 Yes, of course my family as well, but they can take care of my grand kids. They’re grown ups now. 😀

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        • Glynis Jolly

          I know that my home will never be that clean again. There’s Hubby, you know. Still, the clutter and trash MUST go. 😛

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          • Let's CUT the Crap!

            Life changes in all manner, doesn’t it. I learned it’s no use beating myself up about it. Make time, Glynis. Cut corners. You don’t have to have a messy house to do it, just make some adjustments you’re comfortable with to get to the work. ❤ ❤

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  4. Jacqui Murray

    I’m going through the ‘I’m boring’ also. I just rewrote the entire beginning of my book, which I thought was perfect until it wasn’t. Yikes!

    BTW, the way I got time for my writing was having my husband take over the cleaning, laundry, food prep, yard work–you get the idea. All I do is write and that sort of stuff. He’s an angel.

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    • Glynis Jolly

      Jacqui, my husband and cleaning? You must be kidding! I was raised in a house of neat freaks. All of us, including my father, knew where the trash can was, where the laundry hamper was, folded our own laundry, and had cleaning chores around the house. My mother didn’t want my brother or I cooking meals though. I don’t know why. However, my father cooked meals and he wasn’t bad at it. My husband isn’t like anything during my upbringing. That is except for he is a better cook than I am. He doesn’t know what cleaning up the kitchen is though. :/

      Despite his messiness, he is a dear and I love him forever. ❤


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