The Insecure Writer's Support Group was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh as a place where writers can talk about their insecurities once a month, and receive encouragement and support from other writers. It's such an amazing group, it even has its own website now, which you can visit here.
This week I'm a co-host! Be sure to go to Alex's page and visit the other people who are co-hosting.
I had such great plans for my writing this month, but not one of them came through. There were three short stories I wanted to get written, and I also wanted to get back to my NaNo edits, but none of that happened. I still have a little time for one of the short stories, though; it's for Kyra Lennon's cat anthology, and it's due Friday! Not much time to do it, but I made a commitment and I will follow through with it!
Even though I haven't got much writing done in the last month (or the couple before that!) I'm not going to let it get me down. I'll just double my efforts this month, and force myself to write if I have to.
I have figured out one of the reasons why I haven't been writing, though. When I moved house last December I went from being in quite a big house with just my mum and I, to being in a smaller house with my mum, her boyfriend and his son. My computer was put in the family room, where everyone watches TV, and that's one of the main reasons why I haven't been getting any writing done. I've started to put earphones in whenever the TV is on, and putting my writing playlist on, and it works! I've done more writing this month than I have in a long time (although I still haven't done much). Therefore I'm confident that I'll be able to get more writing done this month.
The only other problem is I've just started in my new position at work, so instead of just being a colleague I'm a section leader, which means I (along with two other section leaders and a manager) am in charge of an entire department! That means longer hours and harder work, which could mean less time for writing. I'm hoping not to let that happen, though. In fact, I got home from an 11 hour shift the other day and wrote about 500 words, which is pretty good for me at the moment - I wasn't doing that when I was working 7 hour shifts!
Here's hoping September's a better month for writing.