Good morning! Welcome to another posting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. If you aren't familiar with the Group, go HERE to learn more and sign up! A huge THANK YOU to our fearless leader Captain Alex and all the fabulous co-hosts this month :)
Oddly enough, I'm not feeling insecure today at all. I've spent the first two months of this year doing some random plotting on a series but mostly I spent January and February reading. Every moment I could, I read - no - devoured book after book. I read 16 books in two months which is a feat even for a voracious bookworm like myself. And you know what it taught me? There really is a time for everything in our lives and there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a "time out" and enjoying something simply because you love it!
Other things came out of all this reading. I was able to better develop my plotting ideas. I got a better handle on what this new series is really all about. I've FINALLY owned up to my horrible habit of trying to make my main characters waaaay to "good" because, let's face it, that's not believable. Lastly, I've made peace with a writing/blogging issue I've been fighting for the past five years. More on that to come....
So no, I haven't been writing away the first months of 2016. I've been resting and reading and basically trying to stay warm! Seriously, though, I've learned that my creativity needs a dormant period to flourish. Now that the sun is out and the nights are no longer freezing, I think I can finally feel it starting to push out from the frozen ground.
Don't be afraid to take a step back, breath deeply, and let yourself replenish your creative stores. If you never take time for yourself, your creativity (as well as all areas of your life) will suffer. Your work is YOUR WORK. Period. If you need a break, take it! If you need to fill the well with the words of others, do it! Know that your work won't be and shouldn't be like anyone else's. I know it's frustrating to see the books and art that come out and how it can sometime look the same and nothing like what you're doing. But smile and know that this is GOOD. YOUR WORK is unique to YOU! Your time, your tastes, your plots, your stories, your blogs don't belong to anyone else. They're YOURS.
So make them the BEST that YOU can!
Happy IWSG Day!! Now get out there and CREATE!! Or just read a good murder mystery. You know, whatever makes you smile :)