Welcome to Insecure Writer’s Support Group day, which takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. The purpose is to share and encourage, express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak, as well as offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Make sure to check out other writers’ posts here.
This is my 12th IWSG post, which means I’ve been part of this group for over a year. I spent a few months observing on Facebook and reading others’ posts before I joined in. I’d like to take this moment to express gratitude for the support I’ve received from this wonderful group of people. I’m so glad to have found you.
Getting Back to Basics
So I’ve recently been doing a lot of thinking (and not much else writing-wise), and I’ve decided I need to get back to the basics.
You see, I’ve been at this writing thing for a while, but only about 3 years ago I started taking it all seriously and working on developing a writing habit. A habit that’s left me with many short stories, flash fiction, poetry, two and a half drafts of a novel, and an outline for another book. Soon it’ll be two years since I began blogging.
When I began working on developing a serious writing habit, my only goal was to write 15 minutes a day. Soon enough I had a first draft on my hands. That first draft made me realize that I know nothing about writing, so spent two years writing other things and began blogging. All with the purpose of becoming a better writer.
I feel like I lost that somewhere along the way. I got caught up with finding readers for my blog, producing content, etc. What I need now is to get back to writing, even if that means I only post on here once a month for IWSG.
So I’m getting back to basics. Today I’m taking my notebook and pencils and going to my favorite cafe to write while I drink a green smoothie.
I’d love to hear from you. How do you keep a balance with all that you have to do? Do you feel that blogging takes time from your writing? Do you prefer writing by hand or on a computer?
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