Insecure Writer’s Support Group – How much writing do writers do?


I’m back to posting about my insecurities. Not like my insecurities went away, but I was too busy to write about them last month.

First, big thank you to our awesome co-hosts today, Eva SolarMelanie Schulz, Lisa-Buie Collard, and Stephen Tremp! And, as always, huge thanks to Alex. J. Cavanaugh for his leadership.

As I writer, when I am working on a first draft of a WIP, I tend to not like to do anything else. It is my favorite part about this writing job and I allow my brain to be consumed by it, enjoy it, mentally live it until I get the words on the page.

But, as a writer, I don’t get to write as much as I would like to. That is so disappointing and counterproductive. I know …if you want to get better, get recognized, get a royalty check that allows you to do this full time, you have to find time to write.

I am trying. As soon as I finish, plotting, editing, marketing, Facebooking, Tweeting, book related socializing, networking, signing, mailing, filing, editing, editing, editing. Oh, I said that already.

As a writer, how much writing do you get to do? 

Quote for the month:


*Courtesy of Jennifer Armintrout. Scroll down her feed and check out her video post on May 2nd. It helped.

11 thoughts on “Insecure Writer’s Support Group – How much writing do writers do?

  1. You’re right – I don’t write as much as I’d like. All that other stuff ends up coming first. I was hoping to write something new this month, but I’m doing final-final edits instead. But, submitting is important too!

    Love the quote. I’ve read a couple of IWSG posts about comparing yourself to others today – I hope they stop here and read it.

  2. I write as much as I can. Not always as much as I want. The great days are when I write more. Life is like that.

    Best wishes,
    Diane IWSG #108

  3. This is a constant struggle for me. And now I realize I’m behind on my IWSG visits! Which I love to do, so even though it’ll take me away from writing for a bit longer, I’m gonna say it’s worth it. 😉

    The BEST thing I did was during November, I knew I couldn’t manage a proper NaNo, so instead I committed to writing distraction free for an hour and a half every day that month. It was glorious. I really need to start doing that every other month or something.

  4. I am like a deer in headlights these days so I don’t write nearly as much as I want to or need to. I am overly critical of my work and it paralyzes me. Then I get annoyed with myself for being paralyzed because others seem to be able to o this so easily and they have published things that are not that great, but at least they are writing…. you see the mess that is in my head?

    Ugh, happy to have found your blog today.

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