Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The Insecure Writer and The Passage Of Time
Today is July's contribution to Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group.
Why am I an Insecure Writer this month?
Because the year is officially half over and I’m nowhere near the goals I set for myself back in January.
It’s not that I didn’t see this coming. I knew I was behind schedule back in March, but I always convinced myself I would make up for my lack of progress in the next month. The next chapter will go faster, I’d tell myself, but it never did. So now I’m doubling down, doing everything I can to speed up the writing.
Not all the news is bad. I’m finding more and more ways to sneak in extra writing time, and even though I’m loathe to admit it at times, I am making steady progress, even if the light at the end of the tunnel still seems far, far away. The response from my crit partners has been encouraging and I find myself cringing less often these days when I look back over earlier chapters. Baby steps, perhaps, but maybe I’m figuring out this whole writing thing after all.
Still, it’s hard to fathom how I can give myself an entire year to complete a project and still be in trouble only six months in. It’s scary how time flies, especially when you see your children growing up and realize they’ll be leaving for college one of these days. I really need one of those Time Turners from Harry Potter to go back and savor these days over and over again.
How's the calendar treating you this year?