Hello, friends! Welcome to this month’s meeting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. If you’re a writer and if you feel in any way insecure about your writing, click here to learn more about this amazingly supportive group!
In the last few weeks, I have not been writing. Not as much as I want to, nor as much as I believe I need to. I have my theories about why this is the case. I could tell you about those theories, but I don’t want to. At this point, I’m tired of talking about what’s wrong. I’m tired of examining and reexamining the situation from all these different perspectives. I just want to get back to writing.
And that’s the whole point of the writing recovery plan, which I introduced in last month’s IWSG post. Part of that plan involved shopping: stocking up on writing supplies, as well as art supplies and a few other creative necessities. And part of the plan involved rereading some of my favorite books and rewatching some of my favorite movies: the kinds of books and movies that made me want to be a writer in the first place.
Well, my shopping is done, and I’ve gone through most of my rereading/rewatching list. But the writing? The writing still hasn’t come back, not in the way I was hoping. It seems that there’s still one more thing I need to do. Something I did not think of in my original recovery plan.
Regular readers of this blog have met my muse before. She’s sort of a recurring character in my posts, especially in these IWSG posts. I also keep a picture of her in my personal writing sanctuary, as a reminder. I’ve been drawing my muse basically the same way for a long time: medium blue wings, a matching blue dress, high-heel boots. But now I think it’s time to update her look.
So going forward, to the extent that there’s any sort of canon regarding my muse, this will be her canonical look:
Also going forward, this will be the picture sitting in my writing sanctuary, as a reminder. And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m told that it is time to write.