Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September 2016 IWSG

Hello September! We've been having some early fall like days sprinkled in the last of summer. It's been wonderful. Our family is getting outside to enjoy the lovely weather and the beautiful state we live in.

September also means more substitute teaching jobs, which affects this month's question.

September Question:
How do you find the time to write in your busy day?

If I'm subbing, I take a notebook in the hopes I actually get my hour planning time. Sometimes Subs are asked to help out elsewhere during those free hours. I don't think that's fair really, but we have to keep the administration happy so they'll keep calling us back, so what do you do? Anyway...

If I'm lucky enough to stay home all day (which is almost never!), I have designated 12:30- 2 PM as my writing time. In the past I've turned off my phone and everything. I need to get back to that so I can be more productive during my writing time.

Other than answering the question, I'm afraid I don't have anything brilliant to say. Not any new insecurities. It's pretty much the same thing with me. Day to day stress, hoping that eventually life will calm down enough that I can sit and write these stories taking up space in my head. Until then, I sneak in writing when I can, and dream about my stories the rest of the time.

How about you?

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

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U.S. residents can also enter to win a signed copy on Goodreads up until Sept 15th.
Read the first chapter.


  1. Not fair you don't get a planning hour. That should be addressed sometime. In the meantime, just write when you can.

  2. All anyone can do is their best. I admire anyone who subs. I hated it.

    1. LOL, yeah, I still have a love/hate relationship with it. However, after being a stay at home mom for 17 years, I don't feel much qualified for anything else.

  3. I LOVE the thought of setting aside dedicated writing time, and switching your phone off!! Why have I never thought of this?! I think I'm going to try that this weekend! Best of luck with the subbing!

    Rachel x
    September IWSG co-host

  4. The administration a.k.a. the man is always watching to eat away free time of the masses. LOL. Anyway finding ways to write can be tough but very important. Happy to see you trying.

  5. Prep periods are great for getting caught up on things. My district pays me extra if I'm asked to cover it for something, so I don't mind too much. Does your district pay you extra for that time?

  6. I also dream of free alone time to write!
    My hat is off to you, subbing can't be an easy job.

  7. You substitute teachers of the world are truly a gift to the education system. I hope your school that you sub for really appreciates your efforts.


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