Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Insecure Writer's Support Group

Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh and many others who garner support for us neurotic writer's.  Alex's awesome co-hosts this month are Julie Flanders, Heather Gardner, Kim Van Sickler and Elsie is Writing. Join in this wonderful blog.

I have to admit the month of November had plenty of editing insecurities. My angst came into play with editing the sequel to Wickedly They Come. I tend to vacillate over each sentence and paragraph. When I get flustered I procrastinate by juggling between social media sites. Thoughts start riding around in my head like "What makes me think I can write?" or "I can't do this."

With the onset of the Holidays, I've had very little time to manage any editing. Since stepping away from my ms, I feel somewhat relaxed. And now I'm getting antsy and can't wait to start the editing process again. Maybe I just needed a good break. 

I'm looking forward to a blissful month of December. Not the rush and chaos which seems to run in our veins at this time of year. I wish everyone a Blessed and Merry Christmas!

Love, Cathrina






28 comments:

  1. Someone said 'Music is sweeter after a rest' - so will your writing be.

    Have a wonderful, happy and blessed Christmas!

    Diana at About Myself By Myself

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  2. Editing can definitely be a tough time. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Eric. Happy Christmas, too!

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  3. I so agree with you! It doesn't help that I am the type of writer that needs quiet time to write. I can multitask everything else, but when it comes to creating a world on paper, I need quality time to contemplate. I gotta carve out me-time to be productive. Happy Holidays and hope you let those words fly come January!

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  4. This time of year is difficult for all of us who write, I think. The distractions are far more prevalent than at other times of the year. I try not to be too hard on myself with what I get done. It will happen as it needs to happen. Remember to breathe.

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  5. You know it really is O.K. to just exhale. Enjoy this time. You'll write when you need to write. I've learned that from my short time with the ISWG. Have good holidays.

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  6. Pretty picture. Everyone feels those insecurities from time to time. You need to push through them. Give yourself a break. Listen for positive messages. I wrote about Time for my IWSG. We have only so much each day.
    Play off the Page

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  7. Maybe December would be a good time to take a break so you can edit? One less distraction. Scaling back this past month has really helped me.

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  8. I go from loving, like really loving revisions to really really hating it lol So I'm glad you took that little break, stepping away is one of the best solutions indeed. Have fun jumping in again :D

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  9. I'm glad I'm not the only one who says "What makes me think I can write?" But I definitely know you can!
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy the holiday season, Cathy. Can't wait for your Wickedly sequel.

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  10. I get that flustered feeling whenever I read a great book (and I've read quite a few lately). I also quiz myself with, "Exactly why am I doing this?" And then I remember. It's because I have a story to tell.

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  11. You are not alone, lady. Is that why you were on social media so much last month? I was there too, procrastinating right along with you.

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  12. In the immortal words of Rob Schneider in Waterboy "You can do it!"

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  13. Ah, those ups and downs of editing and writing. One minute we're invincible, the next the worst writer ever. Luckily the negative feelings never last as long as the positive.

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    1. You're right, Annalisa! Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. I really hope a break is all you needed! Doubts like this are the worst. (I never seem capable of shaking mine off...) Good luck with all the editing you still need to do!

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  15. Sometimes you do need to take a step back and give yourself a break! Be generous with yourself and your time!

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  16. I consider breaks part of the writing process, actually. When you come back to the manuscript you'll be able to come at it with a fresh, more objective perspective.

    Enjoy a blessed season!

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  17. Hey Cathrina, sorry I'm so late in getting to your place.
    That roller coaster feeling never goes away, does it? I wonder if it ever gets better or more manageable?
    Happy Editing!

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