It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs. Our awesome co-hosts today are Eva Solar Melanie Schulz, Lisa-Buie Collard, and Stephen Tremp!
It’s almost midnight on the first Wednesday, and so I have a little while yet to write my IWSG post for this month.
When it comes to my writing and publishing career, something that I face on a regular basis is staying on plan. I have meetings with myself to regroup and make sure that I’m tending to the things that need tending for my career plan. But being a writer in today’s world doesn’t mean only writing.
There are so many things vying for attention. Amazing communities and groups, writing projects and events available to take part in, there are invitations to join in on things and requests for help from people who need a nudge or some guidance or to borrow a skill set. There are marketing ideas and promo opportunities. All of these things are useful and worthwhile.
But they all take time.
How do you maintain a balance in all the things while staying in tune and current, connected to your communities, being helpful, and still writing and marketing your work?
I do know that being mindful has helped me stay on task. I have a plan for the year and there are certain goals I am working to hit. And for the most part, I am able to let whatever I’m contemplating be framed against that. Having a plan is like having a great filter. It keeps me doing the things that help me stay true to the plan.
But there is always that little whisper: What if the plan needs adjusting so you can do this or that? It’s such a weird vibe for me. I don’t tend to focus on what if. And yet, there it is.
So, I’m curious to know if anyone else experiences this, or if I sound crazy! ;)