Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Insecure Writer's Support Group JULY Edition


Good afternoon! Today is another gathering of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. If you're interested in signing up or in reading more posts by some amazing and, yes, sometimes insecure writers, click HERE.

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer so far. Here in Georgia, it's hot and humid! I haven't been doing any writing; decided to take the summer off. I'm still going through my mounds of files and papers, creating PDF files of them all. WOW! I had no idea I had so many ideas! My goal is to have them all organized on my computer by the end of August and to get back to writing come September. I write better in the fall anyway, when the wind starts to pick up and the ocean becomes grey and tempestuous. Perhaps it has something to do with what I write.

Have you ever thought about that? About weather and seasons and your writing? I have before but this year it seems to really hit home. I wrote like a fiend in April for the A-Z Challenge. May found me typing away at an old story and then the weather got hot, summer firmly rooted itself into the sandy soil, and I found myself wanting to read stories rather than create them. It's when the season starts it's subtle shift from summer to fall that my fingers start itching to type and the stories I've harbored during the summer have begun to bubble out of their holdings, wanting to be put down on the screen and page.

And why not? Summer is supposed to be a time of relaxing and enjoying oneself. No, I can't take three months off and do nothing but hang out on the beach and read Stephen King novels. I can, however, take my afternoons and my weekends and focus on enjoying stories for the sake of what they are. Stories. Words creating worlds. I've read some wonderful books so far and I'm working on my 6th of the summer. It's been a nice break from worrying about creating my own works. And I've been rethinking that for myself too. All in all, it's been a great summer so far and I'm excited to see what else I'll discover "cleaning" my mental and writing shelves.

Happy July!!

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  1. I love that. It's so important to remember why we write: stories! I often find myself guilty for just sitting and enjoying a story, but as writers, we should be doing that! Enjoy your "break"! :-)

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    1. Hi Kelsie! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I agree. Sometimes I feel guilty enjoying a break, reading instead of writing. But we can't become good writers without reading good writing. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. It's good you recognize that you're a seasonal writer. You know when to take your breaks.

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    1. It's a recent discovery but I think I've always been this way. Summer for me has always been about resting and regrouping. Come Fall, I'll be ready to dive into some projects!

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  3. Hello there Georgia Girl from a Georgia Girl out of good old Europe. I was born and raised in Georgia.
    I too believe writing has seasons. I have just come off from taking a three month break from my manuscript and it is amazing what I see that I didn't see then.
    Relax and enjoy and send some of that good old hot Georgia weather my way.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Patricia

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    1. Hello Patricia! That's so cool that you live in Europe now. Greetings to a fellow Georgia Girl :) It's always amazing to me what you discover and uncover when you take a break from your writing. I've been rediscovering a lot of stories and essays I started (some years ago) and I'm surprised at how good some of them are...and how bad some of them are! Cheers!

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  4. Like Alex wrote, being a seasonal writer sets up a rhythm, taking breaks.

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    1. Hi Susan!
      Oh it does. I've needed a break more from feeling like a loser in the writing world than writing itself. This summer has done that for me, helping me refuel and get back into the writing world. I've purposefully not done any writing since May and I don't intend to until September. It's very freeing to realize you really DO have the ability to let yourself rest when you need it! Happy weekend :)

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  5. Mm...3 months off to hang on the beach and read Stephen King novels.... Have a great summer!

    Anne from AnneHiga.com

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    1. I know, right? I'm doing that as much as I can between, you know, washing dishes and going to work :) Happy Summer!

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  6. I don't know that I've recognized my seasons yet. I do know that I slam writing hard and then taper off for a while to do other artsy stuff. Perhaps I should look for patterns in my work!

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    1. Patterns arise when we least expect them. I wasn't looking to find seasons in my work; it just happened when I had a health relapse and had to decide not to push myself too much for a while. It happened to coincide with summer so I thought it a good idea to take a break until fall and so far, it's been wonderful not having the self-imposed pressure! Enjoy your summer!

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  7. I tend to feel that itch to write all year long :-) However, I do plan to swear off anything that feels like work during my upcoming beach vacation. Enjoy your summer.

    www.smpace.com/blog

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    1. Enjoy your vacation! And if you do feel like writing a little, there's no harm in that. I always feel inspired after visiting the ocean :)

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  8. I used to end up taking summers off, but since summer was the first chance I had to catch up, I jumped in this year. I'm trying to work in more outside time, though. Enjoy your break, and your reading (and the beach)!

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    1. Oh I understand! This summer has actually been the first time I've felt I could catch up on organizing my writing and really taking a good, hard look at WHAT I write and WHY I'm writing it. Enjoy your summer!

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  9. I write a lot more in cool weather than I do in warm weather and there is a reason for that. When it is warm I want to be outside. Mostly I am just out on my back porch reading but I'm okay with that because how can we write if we don't do a lot of reading?

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  10. I tend to want to write permanently. Although I've temporarily moved over to editing so I can get one more book out this year.

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