Today is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day, which is 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!
July has been a tough month for me. I’ve been battling my demons while trying to be gentle and loving with myself. Gentle and loving has meant I let myself not write at times.
It’s a hard thing to do to let yourself watch three movies in a row when you feel you should be writing. It’s hard to not berate, belittle, and feel like what you’re doing is not a total waste of time. It’s hard to believe that you’re not just fooling yourself making an excuse to not write.
Not writing much is exactly what I needed.
Part of being a writer is knowing what you need – physically, mentally, emotionally. It’s knowing when you need a break and when not writing is just a stalling technique. It can be a fine line, and at times I doubted that the actions I was taking were the right thing.
But I trust myself. I trust myself to know intuitively what I need. I trust myself to make the best choices. I trust that I am on the right path, that I am doing what I need to do, that even time not writing is time not spent in vain.
How do you support your needs as a writer? Do you ever doubt in your knowledge of the self-care you require?
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