#IWSG – When everyone else is on vacation!

2007 Philippines 006

As usual, my Insecure Writer’s Support Group post will be a short one.

I go through this twice every year. It’s the pain of being a teacher and a writer – yes, I get two vacations every year, it’s true. I rarely have the finances to go anywhere, so I usually end up tutoring and doing other private teaching to earn extra money. You might THINK vacation means more time to write, but it rarely works that way. I’m not at the point where I can write to earn any significant chunk of income – that still has to come primarily from teaching. So that’s one problem – vacation never means more time to write, even though I sometimes think and act like it does! I find that I expect to have a lot of writing time, but then family and duties come along and fill the free time I thought I had.

The other problem is that my writing groups vanish. Poof. Gone. Everybody’s off in another country, or they too are loading themselves up with private work to take advantage of the best time to get such work. There’s nobody to write with! Nobody to talk to in person. I probably get LESS writing done just because of the lack of feedback and motivation that the writing groups provide. I’d love to be able to say that I’ll meet my writing group in September with awesome new stuff, but I don’t think there will be that much …

Writing has been so slow partly due to these factors. There has been a silver lining, though – I’ve actually managed to lose weight this summer! At least I’ll have SOMETHING to show when I go back to full-time work in September.

So I wonder what others think. For you, does vacation mean more or less writing gets done? Does most of your writing group vanish at certain times of the year?



Photo Source: Me! Beach in Cebu, where I proposed to my pretty wife. On Valentine’s Day, at sunset. Yeah, I’m proud; so sue me.

5 comments on “#IWSG – When everyone else is on vacation!

  1. dksalerni says:

    I came across your blog while following the IWSG blog hop links and had to stop and comment because until June I was a teacher and writer too — and I felt the exact same way! Because my own children are teens and self-sufficient, I actually got a lot of writing done over summer vacations — BUT it was very lonely because all my writer/blogger friends disappeared for the summer because they were on vacation and/or their kids were home. (In fact, that’s why I started wandering down the IWSG list today, looking for bloggers who were active …)

    I resigned this year (my 25th). NOT because I am making enough money writing to replace my teacher’s salary, but because working under the current climate was making me ill. I wanted to teach students, not test them to death, but the new administrators did not value me or my “old-fashioned” thinking. My husband begged me to quit.

    So now I’m a full time writer.
    And I’m terrified.

  2. birgit says:

    Well, I don’t consider myself a writer but I can see how a vacation would not be beneficial. I believe one finds ones’ mojo in a certain place and each person is different. When distractions arise, even good ones, it takes away from the writing. Many people need others to help them on. I hope this group will help and good for you that you lost some weight!! I bet you will get the writing game back on soon

  3. My wife would kill me if I spent vacation time writing! I usually try to schedule posts ahead of time if we’re vacationing…

  4. ahtdoucette says:

    I’m just getting back into the swing of things with writing but that’s something good to keep in mind. I have noticed that things are a bit slower, and also have had things on my plate other than writing that I decided to “get done over the summer” and have been trying to cut myself some slack as a result. It’s good to know we’re all in this together!

  5. Good question. We haven’t had a lot of vacations over the years, so this winter will be a real shock. We’re off to Mexico for 6 months. I’m not complaining, but I just hope I have the discipline to work. I’m going to try. It’s a long overdue chance for my DH to relax.

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