Wednesday, March 7, 2018

March IWSG - Getting Back to Normal

It's the first Wednesday of March and the Insecure Writer's Support Group is gathering for another month of check-ins, encouragement, airing out insecure laundry, and offering support to each other while seeking a bit for our selves. Joining the group back when it started has been one of the best motivational and inspirational decisions I've ever made for my writing. If you'd like to learn more about the group, click over to the WEBSITE to learn more and to sign up!

Our co-hosts this month are: Mary Aalgaard, Bish Denham, Jennifer Hawes, Diane Burton, and Gwen Gardener. Make sure you visit their sites and thank them for their time and encouragement!

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This year has so far not gone as planned in terms of writing. I'd thought I'd have my novel edited and ready for readers by the end of January. Well, it's been edited but now I need to go through it and do some deep revising before it's ready for critiques. That being said, I'd planned to start the draft of a new novel in February but my health had other plans.

I've battled Fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis for about ten years and for the first time in a very, very long time I feel like normal. I've been on a very limited eating plan for the past 15 days and it's worked beautifully! I don't plan to live on this eating plan (trust me when I say VERY limited) but it's something that I know I can now use periodically to get myself back on track.

This means that I finally have the energy to do the things I haven't been able to do in so long! We'll finally be able to take the kayaks out my husband bought for my birthday last July! I'll be able to swim again. I rearranged the house yesterday and, aside from a sore back from improperly lifting an armchair, I feel great!

What does this mean for my writing? I'm ready and have carved out a plan that - I hope - will have me back on track with the editing AND the drafting of the new story by the end of this month. Of course, I've recently taken on more work at the day job, but that shouldn't hold me back too much (fingers crossed). I'm encouraged and I'm so very thankful this particular eating plan came to me at the right time. Like I said, it's very limiting but I'm putting in the effort and it's working. 

Kind of like anything, right? If we're willing to put in the work, make the sacrifices, we'll see the results. Not that if I write every day for an entire year, draft a novel a month, or set aside a hour a day to write will have me on the NY Time Bestseller list by December. It might, but more importantly, it will establish to myself that I am serious about writing. Something that really hit home to me a couple of weeks ago is the phrase "You're only a writer if you write." Not if you're published, not if you're famous, if you WRITE. And that's my goal for this year: to write.

I'm revisiting some favorite writing books and discovering a few new ones. I'm hopeful that getting my health back on track will have me back to writing and editing and - gulp - submitting in a manner that will say to me, "Hey! Look at you! You're WRITING! You're really doing this!"

I can. YOU can. All you gotta do is put in the work. Show up. Be ready. Get that pen moving. 
If you're writing, you're a writer.
Easy peasy.

Happy Wednesday!


21 comments:

  1. Do the comments take a moment to post?

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  2. I wrote a longer comment, but it didn't post. I'll try to recreate it.
    Yours is the first blog on my list of blogs to visit as a co-host for IWSG this month. How fun! I would have stopped here, either way, but fun to have you on my list. You are a terrific writer. I'm so glad that you have your energy back. I'm a little envious that you can already think about being on and in the water. We just got a huge snowstorm this week! If you're looking for beta readers/critique partners, I'd love to be one.
    Cheers!
    Mary at Play off the Page

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    1. Hmm, I'm not sure what's going on with the comments. I've had several people tell me they can't comment at all. I've made it to where anyone can comment, including anonymous users. Not sure why there's still an issue. Grrr...

      Yay! I'm glad I'm on the list :D Thank you so much! We've been out to the beach already but it's far too cold to swim!

      Oh my goodness! I'd be honored to partner with you for reading/critiquing. Thank you SO MUCH for the offer!! And I'd be more than happy to help you out with anything if you need/want help with.

      xo Jen

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  3. Isn't it amazing how much better we feel mentally and emotionally when we feel better physically? Glad to hear you're on a great path - keep it up! :)

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, it's something I always took for granted when I was younger but not anymore!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. So happy for your progress! I'm revisiting my favorite writing blogger KM Weiland this month. She is a genius at story craft. Good luck to you and your health!

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    1. Thank you so much!

      I love revisiting the people and writings that inspire me. They always help remind me why I'm chasing this thing called writing :D

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  5. I'm glad to hear the diet is helping. It's so hard to find out what will work since everyone is different. Here's to more writing!

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, it is! It's taken me ten years to really get a handle on what's going on and what can help/hinder the issues.

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  6. So happy to hear you found a way to do what you want to do around your health problems. You are so right about writers--they write. If you have a (sort of) set time to write, you're farther ahead than most. Best wishes.

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    1. Thank you so much! I haven't designated an actual set time to write...yet! I'd love to but with my work schedule, that would be kind of hard. Unless I did something different for every day of the week! I think if I just commit to writing a certain amount per day and holding myself accountable (social media always helps with this) that will do better for me than a rigid schedule.

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  7. Glad you're feeling better. When you feel like crap, it's hard to be motivated to do anything, especially writing.

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    1. Thanks so much! That is so true. There have been so many days that all I've been able to do after getting off work is come home and sit on the couch. Oh I hate it! I'm so glad I have energy and I'm motivated to do other things again!

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  8. Health means everything. If nobody believes it, then they should lose it and real quick they'll learn it's worth more than gold. It's been a bad season for flu too, so sending along my Nosey best on feeling better! Take care of yourself.

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    1. You are so right! If you don't have your health you don't have much. I work in the alternative health industry and I see people all the time come in and thank us for giving them their live back. Once you feel like you again, you feel reborn! Thank you so much! Take care :)

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  9. I'm so glad you have found a plan that works for you! Keep going!

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    1. Thank you very much and thank you for stopping by!

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  10. So glad for you with the good health news. Enjoy your swimming and kayaking.

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    1. Thank you, Susan! As soon as the water warms up, I'll do just that!

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  11. That's good news about getting your health back on track. AND you have a plan. Go you!

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    1. Thanks, Gwen. And thanks for stopping by :)

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