The month is over and so is #WriterRecharge. It was wonderful sharing my experiences with other writers and comforting to know we all are having similar experiences at some point or another.
I loved seeing how the journey is going for other writers.
I loved the kindness and generosity of this community. It gave me a warm fuzzy.
But I especially loved knowing that my struggles are not inclusive to me. Usually I personalize things and think “if I had done it better” or “if I managed my time better”, but I've learned that sometimes things just happen. To all of us. No matter how well we manage our time or where we are in this process as we try to achieve the goal of publication.
Besides being a writer; I'm a wife, a mom, and a pediatric occupational therapist. Three of those are high needs whether they want to be or not. Sometimes it would be very easy to put off writing because of all the other things that are pressing for my attention. But I did that once and it got me no where. Just a box full of ideas scribbled on paper and notebooks full of scenes and plot plans for a variety of future books.
When I decided to place a priority with my writing, magic happened. I finished a book. I'm on this journey.
But it's hard. Juggling it all.
#WritersRecharge brought me comfort and showed me others are constantly juggling life's demands and prioritizing writing too. It doesn't make me a bad mom that my children have an extra hour or two of child care while I write, because when I am home I can focus on them and not feel as if I'm neglecting myself in the meantime. It's a constant balancing act and sometimes I am not successful at all. Sometimes, I'm just glad we made it through the week. Sometimes, I rock it like a star.
And that is why I am going to go easy on myself about my goals. This last week, had my schedule been normal, I may have actually achieved my lofty goal of writing 12000 words in the final stretch. But I was only able to get down 2361 words. Life was just too busy this week. Doctors appointments, a vet appointment, a visit from Grandma, and several after work meetings.
My #WriterRecharge summary:
Write 20,000 words. I was 6448 words short of my goal.
Submit my short story- √
Finish my query-√
Finish my synopsis- It's partially done and all of it's outlined so I'm counting it as a win-√
Overall, I'm pretty happy with my achievements. I like this idea of setting monthly goals and will probably continue to do so. I set weekly ones with my critique group so tying them in together will be easy peasy. Plus, my husband got involved in my word count frenzy and created a great excel spread sheet to help me document better. I'm excited to give it a run and see how it plays out each month.
I hope you all found being a part of #WriterRecharge as much of a wonderful experience as I did. Pop on over here anytime and tell me how you're doing. I'd love to know.
A special thanks to the ladies of #WriterRecharge…YOU ALL ARE AWESOME!
Thanks everyone! Keep Moving Forward!!