It’s an old saying “What you gain on the swings, you lose on the roundabouts.” I think it’s to do with the ups and downs of life, some things go well, others don’t. Two steps forward and one step back. It’s all progress of a kind.
So, thinking of my Insecure Writers Support Group post today, I thought about the ups and down of a writer’s life, and as one picture I saw last month put it:
You can tell you’re a writer when you have more half-written novels and ideas for stories than you have friends.
Last month I was feeling jaded by Christmas. There was all the flurry of presents, and visiting, and family, and if you’re like me, cleaning up to let people actually get into your house without recoiling in horror. Hey, life is for writing, not for cleaning!
One month on I’m feeling more positive. The planned releases for 2017 that seemed so far away at the end of last year are either reaching that exciting time of firm dates, or I’ve moved into the new reality of ‘maybe not this year’. Books will be ready when they are ready. I can plan and prepare, but the editing and rewriting process has its own ebb and flow, and like the tides, they cannot be ordered by a mere mortal.
But I would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has visited my IWSG posts over the last year or so, because it’s been an up and down time, and you’ve been there to offer advice or just kind words.
Which is great, because that’s exactly why we have the IWSG.
So now let’s go and see some other people who may need some support 🙂