Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Insecure Writer's Support Group: April 2020



It's the first Wednesday of April, and that means it's time for another meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group. Our leader Alex J. Cavanaugh has assembled a group of great co-hosts for this month: Diane Burton, JH Moncrieff, Anna @ Emaginette, Karen @ Reprobate Typewriter, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard.

Be sure to visit the IWSG website for lots of writerly inspiration!

The optional question for this month is: The IWSG’s focus is on our writers. Each month, from all over the globe, we are a united group sharing our insecurities, our troubles, and our pain. So, in this time when our world is in crisis with the covid-19 pandemic, our optional question this month is: how are things in your world?

Things in my world feel a bit crazy, and I'm sure I'm not alone in that. Since the schools have shut down, I have all four of my kids at home every day. It doesn't feel the same as summer break, either, because I can't take them out to do so many of the activities associated with summer. I'm also doing my best to keep them on track with their learning, and that (along with the general level of anxiety I'm feeling on any given day) has hindered my writing. I started off the year doing so well, but I've stalled out over the last few days. Still, I shouldn't be too hard on myself. I've written just over 90K in my WIP, and I just need to wrap it up. I'll get there eventually.

My oldest son Jude also turns eleven on Monday. I feel guilty we won't be able to take him out for dinner like we originally planned, but I'll still make him a cake at home and try to make it as fun a day for him as I can.

Then again, some things in our world here at home are exactly the same. My husband is still working. His workplace has been deemed essential. I worry about what he might be exposed to while he's out, but we also don't have the financial concerns so many others are having right now. That's something to be grateful for.

How is life for you these days? How have things changed in your world, and how are you coping?


11 comments:

  1. It's a catch-22 for a lot of writers right now. We have a ton of time to write suddenly, but are too stressed to really be productive. I've seen a few big name writers tweeting how little writing they have gotten done.

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  2. I'm glad my latest is with my test readers because I don't think I could write either.
    Glad you are safe and your husband still working.

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  3. Having a job in the midst of all this is very positive. Good for you, and I'm glad to hear all is well at your place.

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  4. If you're juggling four kids at home, it's a wonder you are getting anything done. And it is really hard to motivate to right at the moment.

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  5. Four kids at home, with the oldest being eleven. You're a heroic woman, Laura. And you even think about writing? I wouldn't have thought you would have time to sleep, much less anything else.

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  6. I can't imagine how you must be coping. Love sure has a way of making things better. Best to you and yours. Stay safe.

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  7. Your plate sounds very full right now. I seem to be super busy with just the one child so I can't imagine how you feel. But congrats on writing over 90K of your WiP. I haven't felt very motivated to write with everything going on. But we have to be kind to ourselves right now and not stress too much about being "productive". Stay safe and well.

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  8. I feel the same as you with regard to writing. I don't have as much on my plate as you do, but the mind isn't cooperating. It will pass. Stay safe.

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  9. Having all the kids home must make this harder. Stay strong! Stay healthy.

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