#IWSG-Persistence and forgiveness: 2 lessons I’ve learned from my writing life

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End of the year card I made for the children in my class-photos of the fairies coming soon!

 Oh, my–it’s already the first Wednesday of the month! And I haven’t visited my dear blog since the last first Wednesday. But here I am, with another Insecure Writer’s Support Group post.

The school year is over, and I have definitely switched into vacation mode. I’m losing track of what day it is already, and it’s only my second week off. Also, I’m pretty worn out after three nights of neighborhood fireworks. My next door neighbors seem to enjoy them immensely. They started at around 8 PM and finished around 1 AM each night in the alley right behind my house. Midnight the cat no longer hides under the bed when he hears fireworks or thunder, but I might have if I would have fit. I can understand the fun of lighting off a few, although I wouldn’t do it myself–I don’t like loud noises–but I don’t understand the appeal of hours of them.

But enough kvetching! It’s quiet so far tonight, so I’m going to finish writing and go to bed early.

This month’s IWSG prompt: What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started writing?

Ok–I’ve learned lots of things since I started writing. But I think the two most valuable lessons are persistence and forgiveness. I keep plugging away at my writing. Bit by bit. Even though I haven’t written here, I have been hard a work on another revision of my YA fantasy novel and have been working on revising several of the stories I wrote first drafts of for all the world to see right here on this blog. It’s my intention to do some writing every day. And I don’t quite succeed, but I do at least a little writing almost every day. And I’ve learned to forgive myself for those days when I don’t write–usually because I’m too tired from the rest of my day.

And I’m usually ok with that–although I still seem to spend a fair amount of time beating myself up for not doing enough. But I’ve also noticed that I actually do quite a bit.

And that it’s important to just relax sometimes–read a good romance or mystery novel or a movie.

Just like my writing, persistence and forgiveness are a work in progress. And that’s ok.

The other big thing that I’ve learned is to ask for support-and to support others. I’ve found a real live, in-person critique group-which I’m very excited about. I also have a couple on-line critique groups which I also enjoy from the comfort of my own couch.

That really helps me with my writing. And it’s good to have (kind) people to hold me accountable and keep me going.insecure2bwriters2bsupport2bgroup2bbadge

Groups like this do, too!

That’s all for now–thanks for stopping by.

XO

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

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