Hello, friends, and welcome to September’s meeting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. If you’re a writer and if you’re feeling insecure about your writing life, then this is the support group for you! Click here to learn more!
I keep track of how many words I write each week. I’ve been doing this for years. And so I can say, definitively, that in 2021 my writing productivity has been cut in half.
I know, I know. Word counts are not the only things that matter. But still, it’s distressing to see those numbers drop. And I know exactly why it happened: I’ve been too distracted. I’ve had a tough time staying focused on my creative work. Certain real life problems keep popping up and demanding my attention. Can I actually do anything about these problems? No. But they keep demanding my attention anyway.
It doesn’t help that certain people keep telling me how important these real life problems are. It doesn’t help that people keep saying I should make decisions about this or that I should prioritize that. Sure, my writing is important, these people keep saying, but they also keep saying that my writing can wait. It doesn’t help that this “writing can wait” logic makes a certain kind of sense, even to me.
But this “writing can wait” mentality is leading me astray. As I already said, I can’t actually do anything about the problems I currently have. And even if that weren’t the case, even if I could do something, putting my writing on hold until all the problems in my life are solved will mean that I’ll never get any writing done again.
So my challenge now is to stop stressing over things that are beyond my control and to start listening to my muse again rather than those other people in my life.