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.