It’s the first Wednesday of the month, making today Insecure Writer’s Support Group day! I wish all of you Star Wars fans out there a happy Star Wars day. May the 4th be with you!
I’m actually writing this blog post early and using the schedule to make it publish on the right day. I’ve got to take my kid to the orthodontist, which is where I’ll be this Wednesday morning.
Life’s been busy lately with a few spiraling breakdowns induced by the overload that was April. My husband saw it–that wild look in my eye–and intervened a few days to try to keep me afloat. He convinced the kids to give Mama a break and helped me tackle half of my To Do list to his own detriment. The guy doesn’t get enough credit for how much he keeps me grounded when I get overwhelmed and start shutting down. It wasn’t until last weekend that I regained my footing and breathed easy for the first time in almost 2 months.
But amidst all the mayhem, I have been writing. I’ve got seven chapters in book 2 revised. Not bad, if I may say so. If I hadn’t been able to write, I think I’d still be a wreck. It’s the thing I do for me–not for the kids, not for the house, not for the dog or the husband or the friends. I guess that brings us to the question of the month.
IWSG Question of the Month – It’s the best of times; it’s the worst of times. What are your writer highs (the good times)? And what are your writer lows (the crappy times)?
Writing, in itself, is a good time. Oh sure, there’s the blocks, the revisions, and the stuff I have to fix that sucks. I scream in despair anytime I feel a major rewrite’s in order. It’s crappy when people tell me they hate my characters or they don’t see the point to my chapter.
But writing is therapeutic. I can throw a bunch of crap at my characters and have them scream in frustration while I cackle maniacally from behind my keyboard. The best of times are when I’m amused by something so absurd, I know no one else will appreciate it.
They do say laughter is the best medicine. It certainly helps when you’ve had an April like I have.
Do you ever find yourself entertained by the visions in your head? How are you handling this year so far? What are your best writer times?