Insecure Writer’s Support Group: AAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrghh!

Internet is still down, but I have a quiet moment at work, so the race against time to finish this post is on.

For those of you who are very VERY new to the writing bloggosphere, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group gets together on the first Wednesday of every month to share our doubts, fears, insecurities and encouragement with each other. For more detail and to sign up, click here.

Time is still the biggest cause for insecurity for me. I have so much to do, and yes, I know that I gave myself a ton of this stuff in the first place. But the fact that it’s a lot of stuff doesn’t mean that I didn’t have a reason to put so much on my plate in the first place. 
In fact, the opposite is true. My five year project (see the goal statement at the top of this blog) will be half-way through in June. Which means that the most important phase, where I should be most productive when it comes to setting up my career, is right now. 

Simply put, I can’t afford to let up or pull back. But my life is consistently eating into my productive time, which means that I have less time than before in which I need to get more done. 
I have no idea about how I’m going to do that. 
So I’m going to do the only thing I can, and that’s to keep checking off everything I can do in my available time and see how far that gets me for the next few months. 
How are you doing? 
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34 thoughts on “Insecure Writer’s Support Group: AAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrghh!

  1. Perhaps when you set your goal, you didn't know how much you would have on your plate with business changes, home moves, and all around trouble you've encountered so far. So you can go a little easy on yourself there. But hey, you're doing pretty darn well considering all of that!

  2. Keep doing what you can and trying not to worry about what you can't, seems a good plan. Better to be a little late with your plansthan to shelve them entirely.

  3. I've had a while with internet issues also. Soooo not fun!! Time is another sad issue for me. I hope you make your goal Misha. Keep on going 🙂

  4. Misha, one line jumped out at me from this post – “my life is consistently eating into my productive time.”
    I can't help but feel that all the moments of our days are what make up our life – all the things that we have to do, the people we see, the activities we choose to participate in – I know your goals are important to you and you've set yourself a lofty one with a timeline that is moving ahead. But I can't help but feel that you might be so intent on your goal and your timeline that you might be missing some of life's most joyous moments. I wish you well with meeting your goal – I know how important it is to you. I just don't want to see you so stressed out while you're getting there.

  5. It's so hard to get everything done. I've been trying to eliminate time wasters wherever I can, but sometimes I think my biggest problem is I just have too many projects I want to do.

  6. You're doing it right. Just keep plugging away and do all you can. But don't be hard on yourself if life gets in the way and you physically can't find enough time to write. That happens to ALL of us all the time. But just because you can't write, doesn't mean you aren't being productive. Thinking about the characters, plot, settings, etc. and planning out what you'll write (when you have time) is just as important. Good luck! 🙂

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Sorry, I’m so late in visiting you. Deadlines and goals can be a double-edged sword. They are great for helping you plan and stay focused, but they can also cause stress. Your checklist system seems to be a good way to stay on track and minimize stress. Keep it up. I wish you the best.

  8. Having goals are awesome, or we don't really know where we're going until we get there. Of course, sometimes, we have to reevaluate them mid-stride. Nothing wrong with that. It's better to get there one day later than to not get there at all. Best of luck!

  9. Be careful that you don't let yourself get so wound up and stressed by not being able to do the things you want to do to meet the goals you've set that you're not fully engaging in and enjoying the things you ARE doing. Yes, life may be getting in the way of meeting your goals, but that's… life! And life goes by way too fast, so enjoy whatever it throws at you the best way you can, and have faith that you WILL meet your goals.

  10. I'm in the same boat: too much to do, too little time. Which is why I'm commenting on your blog at 5:17 am when I haven't slept yet. Sometimes I don't have time to sleep. Perhaps we should start a support group.

    The one thing that concerns me about your goal is that you can't control it. You can control how many books you publish and how high quality they are, but any number of things can affect your sales. I just want you to feel successful when you achieve your own, internal goals–royalties be damned.

    Hugs. 🙂

  11. We're with you on that – too much to do, too little time. All you can do is keep your head up, keep trudging forward, and don't beat yourself up if you don't meet your goals as quickly as you'd like. Better to meet them late than never meet them at all.

  12. I can so relate. I often wish I had one of Hermione's time turners so I could get more done. As long as you are moving forward, no matter how slowly, that's still progress. I hope things ease up for you soon!

  13. I feel ya on the time issue…the amount of time I have to work with always seems to be diminishing. Hopefully, it improves for all of us sometime soon:)

  14. I'm with Karen Walker, Misha, about enjoying the journey. I'm hope you're doing that with the high-jumping goal you've set for yourself. I'm cheering you on!

  15. Excellent work on your goals!
    And . . . you know what stood out to me is that you read David Copperfield at the age of 10. I did, too. It struck me as one of those remarkable coincidences.
    However, in my case, I made the mistake of telling my mom I had read everything in the children's section of our small town library so she handed me David Copperfield and told me she expected me to read it by the due date and then talk to her about it. So, although I did come to enjoy the book, it was a hard slog of a read for me the first time around. It's much easier to read challenging books when I choose them.
    Best wishes on your writing!

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