Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Pencils Down! (#IWSG April 2019)

I am currently smack-dab in the middle of the busiest time of year at my day job, so I will keep this brief.

Usually, during March/April, I moan and beat myself up for not getting any writing done. I often work through lunch breaks, have to take work home with me, and if I'm not working I'm usually exhausted, so there's not much hope of getting any words in. This year I decided up front in mid-March that I wasn't even going to try to write for the next few weeks. Sure it's scary to willingly stop writing for any amount of time, but what is the point agonizing over word counts when I know I'm not going to meet them? I don't have any particular deadline to meet, so the only person I was hurting by failing to meet expectations was myself.

It's been a huge weight off my shoulders, and one less stress to worry about during what is inevitably a very stressful time. And you know what? I've actually sneaked in a few words here and there, too, because there was no pressure to do so.

So far, this has actually been a positive experiment.


There is one thing I have to mention though, and that's the upcoming IWSG/Dancing Lemur Press anthology that is scheduled to release at the end of THIS MONTH! There will be plenty of events and blog posts and other fun over the next few weeks, but the big one I have to direct you to right now is a Rafflecopter we're running to give away a FIFTY DOLLAR ($50) AMAZON GIFT CARD! (And that's US Dollars, too!) All you have to do to sign-up is spread the word about our great little book on social media, so why not throw your name in the hat and help us out at the same time?

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Also, be sure to drop in on the full blog tour we're running across the interwebz to help promote the Masquerade Anthology. Full schedule is below:

If you could use a wish to help you write just ONE scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be? (examples: fight scene / first kiss scene / death scene / chase scene / first chapter / middle chapter / end chapter, etc.)

This one's easy. I've got five chapters at the beginning of my current WIP that I know I have to go back and re-write but I have been avoiding. Pick any one of those and I'll be happy.

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Writers post their thoughts on their blogs, talking about their doubts and the fears they have conquered. It's a chance for writers to commiserate and offer a word of encouragement to each other. Check out the group at


  1. Sometimes when you are busy at your day job it is best to back off the writing for a bit. Glad you made the decision and that it's taken a load off your mind.

  2. Smart to take the pressure off yourself. Besides, you have a release at the end of the month, so it will be productive after all!

  3. Taking the pressure off yourself is a big thing. The previous two years I took place in a challenge where we were to write daily, at least 100 words. While I hit the goal, it was sometimes under duress and didn't make for a fun time. Once your schedule slows down, you'll be back to your writing. Good luck.

  4. Funny how removing the pressure lets the words flow. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  5. We're always the hardest on ourselves. Good on you for getting the words down.

  6. Accountant? IRS employee? Yeah, I'm sometimes delighted at the writing I get done during family visits/travel, when I give myself a pass on productivity. Good luck getting through this high-stress time.

  7. This is something I've learned as well. As much as I'd like to be writing all the time, sometimes things happen and I don't have the energy to spare toward writing. I know I'll get back to it eventually, so it's best not to beat myself up.

  8. Good to hear the experiment is going well! Yay for less stress!!

  9. I am the same way right now with my new job (started back in August). I used to beat myself up for not writing like I once did. Now, I tell myself that I can write on weekends only or days off or during my upcoming entire summer break!! It feels wonderful. Am I the only one who talks to myself?!

  10. Reduced pressure... yay!
    I'm thinking about all the books I can buy with $50.

  11. I hope the break goes well and brings you back with lots of ideas. I'm actually suggesting something like this on letter V day/ April 25 at the Operation Awesome blog. (Vacation from your words.)

  12. Sorry your life and day job are so busy now, but YAY for new publications! And you know, giving yourself a break when it comes to writing really does wonders. Smart of you to acknowledge you won't be racking in the normal word count, so the few you can mean so much more :)

  13. It’s important to be a bit realistic about the writing when life interferes—or the paying job does. I have struggled with the serious dent in my writing that our travels have made, but I don’t want to give up the travel—so I have to be willing to accept less writing. And then I can be wildly impressed with myself whenever I do get some writing in :)

  14. You cut yourself some slack when it was needed.
    Great that you were aware of this.
    thank you

  15. Taking a little break is good for everyone occasionally.


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