This is my third post for The Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
So, there’s always an optional question to answer for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, for which I am very grateful, because I don’t always know what to write about. I am also very grateful that they are optional, not required.
Especially this month. This month, I know what I want to write about. I’ll keep that optional question and maybe bring it out at a later date. This month, I want to talk about last month.
The month started strong. I went to a fantastic workshop by Bernadette Marie about building an author platform, and I did start posting on Facebook more. I have an ambiguity about Facebook because it has been bad for me in the past, but I think I am finding the right balance, at least for now. I also got a lot of revision done that first week of August.
But then things went downhill. Now, I should say that I have typically been a “spurt-and-slump” writer: getting lots of motivation and big word counts/productivity during certain periods of the year, and then having dormant periods where I don’t write much of anything at all. Since April 2017, I have been trying to focus more on consistency: to lower the peaks and raise the valleys. In general, it is working, but it’s still my pattern.
And August, well, other than that first week, turned out to be a slump month. I haven’t had a whole month be a slump in a long time, so it caught me by surprise, but I can see the work of my inner Rebel. So September, I am going back to the basics, so to speak. While I would love to continue pushing on my revision, I think what is most important is to develop and maintain a structure.
I have created morning, evening, and night routines. Writing is part of the evening routine, but it’s only 10 minutes. And to be honest, pretty much the only routine that is solid is the morning routine. So my goal for September is to focus on building and maintaining those three routines. I might not be writing much, but I will still be writing. Just as important: it will help with the other slumps I had in August, too. Because, as it turns out, when you start giving up on one thing, you start giving up on everything else.
I need to stop giving up on myself.
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