Insecure Writer’s Support Group: NaNoWriMo Worries

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Even though it’s only been a few days, I’m already worried. It’s not that work is stressful, it’s just long hours. Sometimes, I only have enough time to little things here and there – no, what’s taking the majority of my time is school!

You see, I’ve been in school for far longer than I really should have but I finally put in the papers for graduation. And it only recently got approved. I have to make sure I not only pay for my college tuition but I also have to save up for Christmas as well. Studying, right now, takes precedence especially when I’m so close!

But then, I want to finish my story as well. I know what I want to write about and I have the story already written in my head. I just need to put it on my document – but I’m still worried. I always get worried.

“Did I finish that homework?”

“Did I read the appropriate chapters?”

“Did I get all the notes? Do I need to talk to my classmates for additional notes?”

Things are getting a little hectic especially since it’s getting closer and closer to the dreaded Black Friday as well. I’m worried I won’t be able to finish my novel on time. You see, I had tried to do it last year but I wasn’t able to.

Although, the difference is that I know why I didn’t make it – I wasn’t feeling it as much as I should. I didn’t prepare. With Mermaid Tears, I’ve always had the characters and story. I’ve always known who they were and why they were the way they were. Last year, I had no clue about the strange new characters and, unfortunately, I didn’t want to get to know them. For that, I regret that I didn’t, especially since I’ve forever lost their information (well, the majority of it).

This year is different, though. I had met the new characters of The Witches Claws and I’ve gotten to know them. They trust me to tell their story and share it with everyone. Heh, out of context, it sounds like I may have some additional problems…But I’m just worried I won’t be able to… I guess what I should do is take advantage of the extra time off I get. Right now, things are calm and you know that old saying (“Things are calmest before the storm”).

So, what I should do? Well, it should be obvious. I should do as much as I can.

About Lily

A fujoshi who won't shut up about anime, manga, video games, BJDs, nendoroids, and anime conventions. She apparently can't stop writing either.

Posted on November 4, 2015, in Personal and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. It sounds like you’re ready to write and write with energy in this small calm before the storm. I say, go for it! 🙂
    I hope that you make great progress on The Witch’s Claws and get through Black Friday with your sanity intact! Hopefully it’s not like this hint fiction piece I wrote a year ago:
    Thanksgiving-stuffed, the shoppers’ urges cannot be satiated with mere pie. They crave sales, the latest tech for low prices, and riots. Doors open for dessert.

    Happy Writing, Happy Schooling, and Prayers for Black Friday.

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  2. Sounds like you’re super busy. Are you doing NaNo too? That should definitely turn the tide in your writing by sheer volume if anything.. Good luck! 🙂

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  3. Good luck with school and NaNoWriMo. I failed NaNoWriMo every time I tried it, but I’ve successfully done JanNoWriMo, JunNoWriMo, AugNo, & CampNaNo.

    For me, the problem is that November is midterm season in my neck of the woods and I never have time to do both. So, good luck with school and NaNo even as I’m struggling with school myself and not doing NaNo.

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    • I wish I could do the other months… I’m often really busy during the summer (as I also spend time with my boyfriend and travel the most during those months). Thank you for your comment! What are you studying, if I can ask? 🙂

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  4. I find myself saying this a lot, even though I’m not sure it helps anyone–but it’s that old saying, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!”

    Stephanie
    http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

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  5. I really admire people who can combine NaNo with something as demanding as college. That’s got to be tough. Just try to have a schedule and stick to it as much as you can; or failing that, just steal five minutes here and there because it can really add up during a day. You’ve got an advantage of already being intimate with your characters. That’s a great feeling!

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    • It can get hard because I like having a video (or podcast) playing in the background while I write. I can get so lost in the writing that I sometimes forget I’m even listening to it! But on the other hand, I also can get distracted really quickly or I get tired quickly… Ah! What a conundrum!

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  6. Welcome to the IWSG! You are in the right place.
    School and writing is tough to balance. Just do what you can. And remember to come up for air now and then.

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  7. *hugs* It sounds like you were super busy in November. Hopefully things have calmed down for December. You are nearing the end! (Or at least of Christmas saving. Do you graduate this month as well or is that in May?) Maybe you’ll get some down time over the holiday season to write your heart out. 🙂 I hope you do anyway…

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