What is IWSG?
IWSG stands for “Insecure Writers Support Group.” It’s a monthly check-in for writers of all stripes. Its creator, Alex J. Cavanaugh, describes ISWG like this:
“Purpose of IWSG: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!” – Alex J. Cavanaugh
My big writing fear:
My big writing fear is that I won’t be able to keep up with everything. I love all my writing projects, and I do try to pace myself and be realistic, but…
Wisdom from Pee Wee Herman
In case you never saw Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, then the clip I just shared might seem out of context. In the story, Pee Wee and Simone are sitting together talking about their dreams in life. Simone is telling Pee Wee that she’d like to quit her job as a waitress and follow her dreams, but…
Just as she says, “but,” Pee Wee earnestly laments that, “Everyone I know has a big but,” followed by, “C’mon, Simone, let’s talk about your big but.” (The camera then cuts to reveal Simone’s jealous boyfriend eavesdropping on their conversation and getting the wrong impression.)
So let’s talk about my big but…
The upside to fatigue
The upside to my bouts of fatigue is that they make me value the days I’m energetic. As a result, when I feel good, I dive into my projects head on. I’m afraid to procrastinate, because it’s always in the back of my mind that a bout of fatigue could knock me down again tomorrow. (Of course, I sometimes push myself so hard when I am feeling well that it sets me up for fatigue.)
Trying not to beat myself up
Also, after a bout of fatigue, it’s hard not to beat myself up for falling behind on everything. Of course, I know it’s pointless to do so, and it’s a habit I’m trying to break, but… There’s that big but again!
Tell me about your big but
So… I’ve gotta ask: What’s your big but? Is there some challenge or limiting issue that you run into over and over again with your writing?
Wish me luck!
And that’s my IWSG post for April! Before I go, wish me luck this weekend. My book, The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber is up for an award at the North Texas Book Festival. I’ll let y’all know how it goes next time, but even if it doesn’t win, I’m still pretty jazzed that it made the short list. (Oh, also: if you know anyone interested in UFOs or quirky history, I’m giving away tickets to to attend an online UFO conference here.)
To read other people’s IWSG posts visit: Insecure Writers Support Group.
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