IWSG and Time for Change

 

For the past two months life has been turbulent due to unexpected developments, mainly positive but nevertheless has led to lots of reorganisation.

With change comes insecurity. Can I really do this? Is this what I want? Will I achieve success?  The list of niggling questions is endless, and has been challenging my inner strength to the max.
 
The biggest hindrance is a lack of time. I’ve had to move back my deadline for my second novel in order to pursue other opportunities that have presented themselves, as well as fulfilling other responsibilities.

That leads me to this months’ IWSG question:  What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing? Easy answer – a lack of solid blocks of time to do any of these three things. Other things always seem to crop up, and usually all at the same time, which can be rather overwhelming. So the key is to become proficient in juggling time, be extremely organized and prioritise effectively – oh, and cut down on sleep 😉

Does the unexpected catch you off guard and force you to reorganise?


Today is the first Wednesday of the month and IWSG day! The IWSG is a safe place for writers to express their fears and insecurities in a supportive environment. Join us at  www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com And don't forget to sign up for the IWSG Newsletter - it's filled with great advice written by writers for writers. Thanks to everyone at IWSG for all the hard work.

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  1. Yes, there always seems to be something unexpected cropping up, forcing me to figure out how to juggle, in both time and money. There's always a plan B, and sometimes C, D, and E as well.

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    1. As really trying to go with the flow, but that's quite difficult for a control freak like me - eek!

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  2. I'm very blessed to have retired at a young age, so I'm thrilled to have large blocks of time to write. Today is the first in a while that I didn't get a ton accomplished. Sad to say, I spent writing time on an obituary for my mother. But I feel she's in a better place after a long struggle with health issues. So tomorrow I hope to write a book review for a blogger friend and get back into my fiction. Be well!

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    1. So sorry for your loss, Darla. I'm sure your mother would be very proud of your words. Have a lovely week.

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  3. Life would be so much simpler if all these other things stopped cropping up to take away time from our writing ;) (Stuff like eating, sleeping, making a living...)

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    1. I agree. Thanks for stopping by, Liz. I hope all is well with you.

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  4. The unexpected can definitely be problematic. I tend to withdraw when there are too many changes. At least until I come to terms with them and rethink how I go about things. But without change, we can become stagnant and complacent, so it can be a good thing, even if it makes for a chaotic time initially. :)

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    1. Times are certainly challenging at the moment in my world. No time for boredom. I'm with you on withdrawing in order to make sense of things. Hope all is well, Cherie.

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  5. I'd take a big block of time to do any of those! If only we could take a vacation from life, even if only for a week.

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    1. A week's vacation from everything sounds lovely. If you find a way, let us know :)

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  6. All the time, Nicola! I keep telling myself that something is better than nothing and keep moving forward. Good luck with the positive things that are happening in your life!

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  7. I am always interrupted as most people I think. The tough thing is trying to get back into it.

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    1. Interuptions can be good, but the struggle to regain momentum is tough. Hope you are well, Birgit.

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  8. All the best Nicola. Just keep moving forward. No quitting!

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    1. Quitting is not an option :) Thanks for popping by, Sheena. Take care.

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  9. If you buy a new house with a larger kitchen, you still manage to fill it. The same goes for time. I'm amazed when authors with full time jobs can do as much writing (or more) than me. We just do our best. Good luck x

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    1. Thanks, Wendy. I love your way of putting things into perspective - so true.

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  10. I'm still trying to balance DLP duties and writing time. Not well though.

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    1. I think you do a fantastic job at everything, Diane. Keep up the great work.

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  11. The unexpected makes the expected less boring. To be honest, the unexpected can makes me quite miserable. :-/

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. Putting things into perspective and staying true to oneself is key, I think - I say that but it's hard to at times. Stay positive! Take care.

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  12. I've been missing out on having time to read and write. Editing...not so much since I freelance. lol

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    1. :) Take good care and keep doing what you are doing, Chrys. You are great!

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  13. Time is what we all seem short on. I'd like to be ten again. I had so much more time then. :-)

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    1. Funny how we want to grow up when we are young, isn't it? :) And now... hmm... where did the time go? Hope all is well with you, Lee.

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  14. I don't like to even look at my computer unless I have a block of time. They're getting further apart since my granddaughter was born.

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    1. Family is so important. Just think of all the things you can write about for your granddaughter. Enjoy her while she's so young.

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  15. I don't have much time for reading anymore. I use to read a lot before I went to bed at night, but these days, five or ten minutes of reading is enough to knock me out, so now it takes me forever to finish a book. Now I listen to audiobooks on my commute to work.

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    1. That's a great idea, Ken. Thank goodness for audio books.

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  16. I knew when my family moved in I wouldn't have time (or energy) to write. If I did get time, it was a bonus. I decided I wasn't going to stress over not having blocks of time. They'll move at the end of the month into their new home. I'll have plenty of time to catch up. Life isn't always like that.

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    1. I wish your family every happiness in their new home, Diane. Enjoy the time while they are there. Take care.

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  17. Hi Nicola - things occur and we just need to take that path, until we can sort things out. Good luck with getting back into writing mode - cheers Hilary

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  18. Life happens. As long as we keep moving forward...step by step!
    Onward and upward.

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    1. Exactly. Thanks for the reminder, Michelle.

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  19. Yes, onward and upward, we do need to keep moving. Life happens. All the best!

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