It's Insecure Writer's Support Group day - a monthly posting where writers can share and encourage, express doubts and concerns without feeling foolish or weak, and those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. A safe haven for writers! You can learn more about the IWSG group, it's founder Alex J. Cavanaugh, and purpose here. The awesome co-hosts for March's post are Mary Aalgaard, Bish Denham, Jennifer Hawes, Diane Burton, and Gwen Gardner. Please drop by and thank them for all their hard work.
I'm going to skip this month's question and instead apologise for not posting in February. Remember back in January when I posted this year is now or never when it comes to my writing? Cue extra hours at work, a holiday to Center Parcs, a friend not respecting the need for time alone to write, adopting a shelter dog, and a husband home with the flu, and my writing didn't progress to where I wanted it to be this far into 2018.
The Saturday before last, I had a mini meltdown. The lack of time to write and blog had finally gotten to me, and the tears flowed. It's not supposed to be this hard, right? I should be able to put myself first for a little time each day without feeling guilty. My husband says my default setting is guilt and I need to change it. I think he's probably right. It's difficult when most people in my life don't understand that writing is a solo activity, I need time alone to do it, and that I actually like my own company. As much as I love spending time with friends and family, I don't need to fill every moment of my day with other people.
Since the meltdown, my husband has been working hard to get me the time needed. He's encouraging me to step away from chores that he can do, and asking others not to interrupt me. He might not fully understand my writer's temperament or need for time alone, but he really is trying. I'm blessed to have him in my life.
Now enough about me. How are your writing and non-writing plans for 2018 coming along? Are you making progress, however slow? I want to hear all about your adventures.