IWSG and E is for Envelope
It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Thanks to Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh, it’s time to share our fears and insecurities and support others who are experiencing similar feelings. If you want to be part of a wonderful, nurturing writing community, please join us.
My main insecurity this month is how I’m going to get everything done. It’s my first time doing the A to Z Challenge, created by Arlee Bird, and I’ve been up at the crack of dawn to publish my posts as well as preparing/editing/doing rewrites of short stories that I plan to publish in the summer. On top of this I am preparing/editing/doing rewrites of my début novel and in-between time visiting lots of blogs for the A to Z. In addition, I continue to research marketing techniques, which needs to begin before any publication. So, yes, my mind is whirring and working at maximum capacity, which is exhausting (and we are only on D of the Challenge – eek). How will I survive April? Here are a few tips to myself:
- Allocate time for each task and stick to it.
- Go to bed earlier and stop reading until the early hours of the morning (this will be difficult. I love to read).
- Focus on the task at hand and don’t think about another during this time.
- Switch off all phones – distractions eat away time.
- Stop panicking and enjoy each task.
- Use the wiggle room for deadlines – taking some of the self-inflicted pressure away.
- Do not
forego the daily walk
with hubby. This is time to exercise and give your brain a breather.Are you sometimes overwhelmed at the amount of work there is to do?
Now for today’s A to Z post:
E is for ENVELOPE
As a fiction writer, I believe it is my job to explore beyond the general scope of things and ‘push the envelope’: approach and extend the limits of possibilities. It’s a little bit like being a scientist (oh dear, I can hear my daughter sigh as I type and feel the glare of a real scientists’ disapproval): writers propose an idea, explore the possibilities of that idea, experiment with the idea in a variety of ways and then discover if it works or not. What an exciting way to spend one’s time – let’s ignore the anguish and frustration that comes with that.
Do you enjoy ‘pushing the envelope’ or do you prefer a safer approach?