Insecure Writer’s Support Group


It’s the first Wednesday in August and time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. This is a supportive network of writers who post about their writing insecurities and then hop to the blogs of other writers to commiserate with everyone else. It’s a great idea, and I’m thrilled to be a participant. If you’d like to support some of the other writers involved,  click here:

As to my own personal insecurity, well, it centers around time. I worry that with all of my other life responsibilities I’m giving my novel short shrift, and in doing so, I’m limiting the possibility of the story developing into what I originally envisioned. I’m been working on my book for over a year now, and I’ve made great strides, but I want more. I want the book to meet my own personal expectations, and, hopefully, find an audience someday. Can that happen if it’s being written in small snatches of time? Will it?

About kimlajevardi

I am a forty-something-year-old writer. I'm currently drafting my second book. I've also written short stories, poems, and some non-fiction over the last several years. My interest in writing formed during countless hours with my nose tucked in books. I may have even been clutching a novel as I was born. :)
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26 Responses to Insecure Writer’s Support Group

  1. That’s how I wrote my first book. And rewrote it. And rewrote it. And I’m still rewriting in snatches of time. I think you have more time than I do to finish, at least age wise.

    • kimlajevardi says:

      I’m hearing that from a number of writers. I guess all of us write when we can, and the when is oten snatches of time. I heard a speech from a very successful published author last night, and she mentioned the same thing about her first couple of books. It’s heartening to hear that my experience is the rule and not the exception. Guess I’ll put my big-girl pants on and accept that it’s worth the perseverence it’ll take.

      Thanks for commenting, Sher!

  2. lexacain says:

    New one coming up soon, Kim. I hope to see you post something on Sept 5th. I’ll be waiting…

  3. Hunter says:

    Recipricating your visit to my own blog via IWSG. And although I share some of your time fears, I don’t see why you can’t make it happen. There are so many published authors out there that wrote their books late at night, or in small smatterings between other responsibilities. You can and will do it.

  4. Kat says:

    Also popping in from IWSG 🙂

    I think as long as you are consistent it doesn’t matter how long it takes. Even if you make the goal to just write 100 words a day! Because I always found taking breaks is what really stunts my writing and makes it so much harder to get in the flow again. So, don’t be too hard on yourself, as long as you are writing and making progress you are doing great.

  5. H there 🙂

    Just popping by from the IWSG.

    Ahhhhh, yes, time 😦 I’m with you on that one….there never seems to be enough hours in a day lol

    I’m sure working in small batches of time isn’t a problem. Ok, so it may take you a few years to write your novel, but, you’ll still have a NOVEL. Regardless of whether it took you 1 year or 10 to complete 🙂

    Never give up honey, you will get there, I’m sure of it 🙂


  6. Ciara Knight says:

    Time is such an issue.
    It’s great to meet you. I’m a new follower from the IWSG.

  7. We all do the best we can. I had four very active children at home when I started writing. I stayed up late at night and wrote on lunch breaks at work. Good luck.

    • kimlajevardi says:

      Time really must have been elusive for you with four. I find the time, but I always want more. But you’re right, we all do the best we can. Thanks for posting. 🙂

  8. Robin says:

    Yup, like that said about, we all have this fear, spreading ourselves thin, not putting enough time where we feel it’s needed. My IWSG last month was actually on this subject. Even with snatches of time, it is possible, if more challenging. You can do it!

  9. joylene says:

    I have no excuses and I still can’t seem to find the time. But I find time to eat and watch Murdock Mysteries on CBC. Hi Kim. Happy IWSG!

    • kimlajevardi says:

      Oh, eating and watching TV are great ways to burn time. I must admit some days I don’t make progress because I’m doing both of those things. Shhh…keep that between us. 🙂 Thanks for the post.

  10. kaye Draper says:

    I think this is a common worry. If you love it, you’ll keep at it, and eventually it will get done. Just look at it this way, in working the way you are at least you are not short-changing other aspects of your life. For example, I always feel guilty when I take time away from my family so that I can write. Life is all about give and take, being flexible lets you find balance- and that balance is different for every person,.

    Welcome to IWSG!

    • kimlajevardi says:

      I wish I could say I don’t shortchange other areas of my life, particularly my family, but I can’t. Good to know I’m not the only one. Thanks for the comment. 🙂

  11. I think most writers work in this fashion. I know there are people like me who are more or less out of work and so have copious amounts of time to write, but even then, life gets in the way. So as long as you are dedicated to writing a few words everyday, to thinking of the next step, the next scene, the next chapter, you’re making progress, and sooner or later, you’ll come to the end. I wish you all the luck in the world! As for me, I, too, am struggling to find the time to work on my next novel, a sequel. So you are definitely not alone.

  12. Julia King says:

    Just keep typing. You can do it. I’ve been working 2.5 years on my first book. Time is a tough one. There are some writers out there who can whip out three, four books a year. That is not me at all. For one, I work full-time. Another reason is I don’t have energy to be writing until the wee hours of the morning. And I need to have some sort of a social life. We do what we can. You’ll do great. From a fellow IWSG member!

  13. Ah, HERE is you IWSG post. 😛
    Yes. It will happen if you don’t give up. 🙂
    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    IWSG #179 (At least until Alex culls the list again. :P)

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