Insecure Writers Support Group: Practicing Self Care

Yes… there is most certainly a theme to my IWSG posts at this point.

Self-Care… it’s most certainly one of the life lessons I’m supposed to be learning, it beats me over the head (gently, of course) at every turn and in pretty much every venue. November was no different.

I was all geared up to go into November writing my heart out. I had a vague idea for a story I wanted to write, and was very excited about the basic premise. I even attended a midnight kick-off event, manage over 2,000 words before I felt ready to pass out (my bedtime these days is, sadly, about 9 pm).  Managed another 1,000 the next day and then…

Well, and then life. I have a good friend who has been working seasonally up at Mount Saint Helens, and she ended up crashing at my place for a chunk of the start of November as she transitioned between jobs. It was great to have her around, getting to hang out and visit and go on small adventures around town — but it meant that my after-work and weekend time was filled with socialness. It was awesome, and I had a lot of fun, but writing didn’t occur.

The nice thing – I didn’t feel bad about the writing not occurring. I’ve had great social time, I’ve gotten some good organizing done and I’ve sorted out some thoughts about the story I was working on. So, yes, I may not have met my November goals, but I’ve gotten some great other work done that will help me a lot in the long-run.  Not beating myself up about my lack of writing has saved a LOT of energy that was better put towards completing other projects.

 

 

This is my monthly post as part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, aIWSG badgegreat group of supportive writers, helping one another through our writing ups-and-downs.
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15 thoughts on “Insecure Writers Support Group: Practicing Self Care”

  1. Glad you’re not beating yourself up over not getting the word count you wanted. It sounds like you had a great time with your friend. Those times are priceless. NaNo can be any month. Just pick a different one and start in. Good luck with your story project!

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    1. Exactly… the time with my friend was far more important in that moment than working on the novel — that’s why I’m doing the novel work this month. December is (oddly enough) a pretty quiet month for me, socially.

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  2. I guess you’re right. If we beat ourselves up about not writing we’ll be even more exhausted.
    I am glad that your November was a good month. I unexpectedly quit my NaNoWriMo but hope to get back to the story once I have recovered from nanopoplano…

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