Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Goodbye, Guilt! #IWSG


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Do you ever feel guilty when you haven't been diligently writing? Me, too.

Besides the mass editing I accomplished during my mini writing retreat, I've barely gotten anything done this summer. I have a bucket full of excuses. I have a lot going on in my life right now, including the fact that my oldest is heading off to college soon.

At first I felt guilty about the lack of writing I've accomplished. But I said goodbye to guilt a while ago.

Writing is no longer the be-all, end-all, write-or-die obsession that it used to be. It's simply another piece of my life. An important one, don't get me wrong, but if it's a choice between writing or spending time with my sons during summer break, my sons will win every time.

School will begin soon, and my writing life will get back on track. Perhaps it'll even help divert my attention as my birdie leaves the nest :(

How about you, fellow writers? Have you been writing this summer? If not, do you feel guilty about it?

11 comments:

  1. If your oldest is heading for college, you needed to take some time with family this summer.
    Writing has never been my be-all end-all. Not even my guitar playing is that. No 'thing' can fill me up. (Only God can do that.) I think it's a more balanced way to live.

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  2. I need to take a page out of your book (heh) as I totally feel guilty if I'm not getting words on the page. Boo to that! ;)

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  3. I haven't really been writing for a while and I feel super guilty about it! Maybe getting over that feeling will make it easier to write again.

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  4. I think it's called balance, Julie, and family always trumps anything else, I think.

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  5. Sounds like you have your priorities right. For me, family and my day job have to take first priority. We'll have to support each other in our empty nests. My daughter leaves for college too, though at least she'll be close.

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  6. I carry immense amounts of guilt because I'm a worrier. (Thank you Grandma for that genetic...) Ahem, so in the finer moments of clarity, I realize that I'm doing as much as I can, and that's good enough. Guilt is a pointless emotion. ;)

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  7. Spend that time with those boys. Once they leave for college, they come back home as somewhat grown up. They never quite need you as much as they did before. I get more done in the winter than any other season.
    Susan Says

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  8. It's fun spending time with my kids, but now that it's August, if I even make a simple joke about the approach of school, my kids will kill me. They take the end of summer vacation very seriously.

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  9. I've got some in, but mostly spending time with kids, they'll be growing up so soon.

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  10. AAAALWAYS feel guilt, especially lately when I have been the biggest slacker known to writer kind. ;) But I actually did some editing tonight. WOWWWWW. And I hope to continue that on nights to come.

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  11. I neglected a lot of family and friends when I was pounding the keys every day. I'm taking a more reasoned approach these days: taking trips, cooking more interesting meals, staring at the forest or the ocean and enjoying the heck out of my time.

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