Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Who's keeping score? - An IWSG post

It's that time again folks, so who's ready for the next meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group?

For those of you unfamiliar with IWSG, it's a great way for writers to get any writing worries off their chest and realise they aren't the only ones with these woes. Whether you want to offer words of encouragement or just use it to vent some frustrations, it's great for meeting new people and discovering new blogs. Once again, huge thanks go to Alex J Cavanaugh. To check out more contributions to IWSG or to join yourself just click here and all will become clear.

A couple of weeks ago I decided that I was going to try and post something every day on my blog. I've done alright with it, posting most days, but I have missed one or two.
Yesterday I didn't post anything, I'd had quite a tough day at work and I just needed a rest once I got home. My brain was too full to concentrate on anything properly.
I started off feeling guilty about this, I hadn't lived up to my own statement of posting every day. But then I stopped and thought about it, and actually I think I said I would try and post something every day. I've posted most days so a miss or two isn't that bad, surely.
I also felt bad that I was letting you guys down, my lovely followers. Here I was, saying that I was going to do something and I wasn't quite delivering. But it's absurd to think that each one of you is keeping a daily count of when I make my posts. At least, I hope it is anyway :-) It's not like anyone is keeping a score, and I'm sure I won't have to have a signed letter justifying my absence.

The truth is, I'm keeping up when I can and recently I've been able to make the time to do it. We all deserve a little rest from things now and again, and the key is to make sure I go back to it eventually. The only person keeping track is myself, and if I'm happy with how the blog's going then I've no real reason to complain.

How many of you are your own worst enemy with this sort of thing?



  1. When you don't feel like writing a blog post, try commenting on other people's blogs. Also, I never stress if I don't post a blog. Forced writing is in my opinion worse than no writing.

    Besides, we all need a break lest we burn out.


    1. Thanks for the encouragement Jeremy, I am getting better at commenting. I was in the habit of just reading posts and thinking about comments for them, but it's no effort to drop by.

      Thanks for visiting.

  2. I am most definitely my own worst enemy when it comes to that sort of thing. I am incredibly hard on myself when I set a goal and then don't achieve that goal.

    But Jeremy is right... we all need a break from time to time. Burn out is bad.

    1. I am the same, I set myself targets which aren't unreasonable but life interferes as it does, and some things get left behind.

      Thanks for the comment.

  3. Guilty as charged, as well. I have to agree with the posters above...forced writing is a sure and quick route to burn out.

    Maybe don't set such high goals? Baby steps are the way to go.

    Either way, though, it's not the end of the world and you shouldn't be too hard on yourself in any case :)

    1. Thanks for the comment Mark. You're right about the forced writing. If I'm working to a deadline for something I can't get the words out, but when there's no pressure it flows much more easily.

  4. I try to keep up at my own pace! The blogosphere moves faster than I! Despite life is busy, I still find time to blog and by the end of the week, I'm burnt out. You're not alone, Heather. :)

    1. I don't know whether to say I'm glad or not that I'm not alone, it just means more people are suffering the same as me. It's nice to have company though :-)

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    1. Me too, I just wish I could fit more of it in!

      Thanks for stopping by.