IWSG—Hopes for improved productivity


It’s time again for The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, which meets the first Wednesday of every month to commiserate over worries, fears, doubts, and struggles.

Though my average daily wordcounts have been very below what I know I’m capable of for quite a long time, I’m nevertheless hopeful about this year’s JuNoWriMo. It’s all honors system, where you put your daily totals into a spreadsheet, and managed entirely by you. There’s no word tracker on a website like NaNoWriMo, where everyone can see how well or poorly you’re doing, with constantly updated graphs reflecting your progress. If you don’t make 50K, it’s not public record unless you tell people.

I need to be brutally honest with myself and admit my wordcounts have tanked so much over the last few years not just because of lockdown, cyclical depression, and almost no motivation from group write-ins, but also because I too easily feed my monkey mind and give in to distractions. After becoming so used to doing things other than writing on the computer, and having a large enough screen to simultaneously type and use the Internet (as opposed to the computers I used until 2008), it’s easier for me to continue those unhealthy habits instead of breaking them.

This is a big reason I’ve long daydreamt about buying a working model of one of the computers I used in the old days—the 128K Mac, the 156K, the 1993 Mac, the 1996 Mac, the 1999 Mac, the 2004 eMac. Back then, I could only use a word-processing program or the Internet at one time, and I easily typed and typed and typed for hours uninterrupted.

It’s long past time to resume my former habits and stop indulging my monkey mind!

I also lost a lot of valuable writing time during the first two weeks of May for health reasons. At the end of the third week of April, I had three days in a row of dental surgeries, and I was put on Amoxicillin to prevent any potential infections. The day after my final pill, I broke out in an ugly, extensive, itchy rash that lasted about six days, and after the rash began fading, my hands became very stiff and painful. I couldn’t even close my hands all the way. It’s kind of really hard to type or write longhand when you can’t comfortably move your fingers!

Lesson learnt: I have a penicillin allergy and need to ask for alternative antibiotics. It really wasn’t fun being unable to write much, just when I finally began getting my mojo back slowly.

If I do well on JuNoWriMo, I hope I can use that momentum and fully regained mojo to parlay into success for the second half of the year.

Author: Carrie-Anne

Writer of historical fiction sagas and series, with elements of women's fiction, romance, and Bildungsroman. Born in the wrong generation on several fronts.

3 thoughts on “IWSG—Hopes for improved productivity”

  1. I took last month off and only checked my email a few times. What a relief! I almost didn’t return to this endless wheel called the Internet. Hope things are good for you during NaNo!


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