#IWSG December 2015 – Writing in Sickness and in Health

One of the hardest things about writing is doing it e.v.e.r.y. d.a.y., no matter what.

I’m a father, a full-time teacher, a part-time tutor, a weekend teacher, a member of a good writing group, AND a writer. I’m sorry to say that yes, several days can go by when I do not write fiction. Now, I do make an effort to at least read various stories, especially those on Jukepop, where I’m trying to make a splash.

I like to think that writing reviews and blog posts “counts” as writing, and that reading is every bit as important as writing. As long as I do something that furthers my dream of being a full-time author, every single day. Even today, when I’m coughing like crazy, falling asleep in my chair, and faced with a huge stack of emails from the Creative Writing ESL class I teach at my full-time job.

I’ve been taking my time on my current serial, but this has also meant that the social side – the reviewing, following up, and promotion that I have to do to keep it alive – has fallen behind. I’m sick, darn it! Yeah, well – that old excuse just don’t cut it in the writing world, eh?

For the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, I’d like to ask:

Do you “count” your blogging in with your writing, or do you feel you have to write some bit of fiction, every day, no matter what? How do you handle sick days – would you say it’s better to slug it out, or give yourself a bit of a rest?

Well, happy writing folks. I gotta take my medicine…

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22 comments on “#IWSG December 2015 – Writing in Sickness and in Health

  1. tess611 says:

    I guess in a way it all counts as writing, but I really only think of it as official when I’m working on my book. I still have to remind myself that when I’m writing, I’m “working” and not just wasting my time too.

    • TCC Edwards says:

      Yeah, only my serial or my latest work with the Busan Writer’s Group feels ‘real’ to me, most of the time. It’s taking time to accept blogging as part of the deal – I think as I discover more fun ways to use my blog and social tools, I’ll be convinced to blog more often.

  2. Lidy says:

    Hope you’re feeling better. When I’m sick I try to rest. Well I don’t even have to try because most times I’m so out of it that I can’t keep my eyes open. I’d write in my sleep but I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to read it. But yes, blogging is writing because even if you’re behind on writing your stories, blogging is another form of writing. Where you can at least still sharpening your writing and not let it get dull.

    • TCC Edwards says:

      You know I’ve actually tried to write in my sleep. Okay, well, half-asleep. I kept a notebook by my bed, wrote when I woke up from a dream. The stuff that came out was … somewhat readable, but mostly garbled.

      Anyway, yes, I think I will *have* to accept blogging as writing. It’s the modern way of things, after all.

  3. You need to do what works best for you. We’re all different in our creative processes and in what we need when we’re not feeling well – physically, creatively or otherwise. Hope you feel better soon!

  4. While I find I’m most satisfied actually working on my manuscript, reading and blogging are very important, too, and acceptable alternatives if I really can’t get to the real WIP. Reading is invaluable to improve your writing by giving you ideas and exposing you to new styles and structures. And blogging is a great way to network and meet people and practice getting some words down on a regular schedule. In an ideal world, we would have time for all three, but in the real world, sometimes you’re lucky if you can just get to one or two.

    Get well soon!

    IWSG December

    • TCC Edwards says:

      Yeah, it is very difficult to get in all 3. I mean, here I am at the end of the semester (marking time), and I’ve got a lot to do before I can even get to writing & editing my next story. I’m managing to cram a bit of blogging in, though!

  5. aandj8804 says:

    I definitely count blogging and reading as “writing”. For one I’m not actually writing a book, but also blogging is like mini writing. You have a topic, you focus on it, and you get it done in a short period of time. Even better, blogging might open up your mind and allow you to focus on whatever you need or want to write about. 🙂 Get to feeling better!

  6. fenster says:

    Plans are just that, plans. I try to write every day, but any writing counts. I prefer to focus my writing on a WIP, but if it ends up being a blog, that’s what happens. I am also a firm believer in taking time away from writing. Sometimes, the thought of creating something is overwhelming. The break always does me good.

    If I find I need a writing routine, the daily paragraphs work best for me. I write three to five paragraphs about anything. I don’t edit, or worry about content, just write. Even when ill, three to five paragraphs is manageable.

    • TCC Edwards says:

      Yeah, it is a good idea to have even a short amount of writing every day, even if it is very rough. I think using pen and paper might be the best way to “just write anything” — I find there’s more ‘pressure’ to edit and make things look nice when I’m typing!

  7. I hope you’re feeling better, too. Honey in hot water, soothing, at least. Writing is writing. It took me to be published to realize that. I assumed I’d feel different. I felt the same way I did before. It’s what we do.

  8. doreenb8 says:

    I hope you feel better too. I used to love sick days from my full time job because I could stay home and write. Now that my full-time job is writing I am so easily distracted.
    Blog and social media post should definitely count but I really don’t think they do:(

    • TCC Edwards says:

      Well, I suppose they don’t add any words to whatever you are writing, but it would be hard to survive as a writer without them…

      Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Rebecca Douglass says:

    It’s all writing. And much of it is important parts of the job. But if I’m working on a draft, I try to work on it *almost* every day. I’ve just recently decided that 7 days a week isn’t sustainable for the long haul. I take a day off from working out every 7-10 days. Same seems like it would go for writing.

    And reading is absolutely important! If it’s only 10 minutes before I fall asleep at night, I read some kind of book (not internet, newspaper or magazine) every day. Some days, I ditch all my responsibilities and read almost all day. I can’t necessarily recommend that :p
    Rebecca at The Ninja Librarian

    • TCC Edwards says:

      Yeah, I need to read more. I’m really into audiobooks, so I haven’t been reading much aside from the pieces I review here on my blog.

      It’s great that you can write almost every day, and I like the review of ‘Lusitania’ over on your blog. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Mel Corbett says:

    I don’t count blogging in with my writing, though my goal right now is edits, not new words.

    I have a question, how does Juke Pop work for you? I’m planning on posting one of my novellas up there, but it needs edits and to be edited as I go sounds like a good plan, but well… I haven’t started posting it yet (though I’ve been accepted).

    • TCC Edwards says:

      I edit each piece before I put it up, and I try to get each one as good as I can get it at the time. Most authors seem to avoid massive rewrites while the serial is going on – instead, some authors use crowdfunding or other methods to hire professional editing for the entire serial once every piece is up. So edit your pieces well before posting, yes, but don’t go too crazy – the whole idea is to gather interest before the book is complete.

  11. I think a lot depends on the individual. But I do believe writing blog posts and comments, and any other writing, counts. You’re still practicing your writing skills.

    • TCC Edwards says:

      Yeah, always practicing. I’m really understanding the positives and negatives of posting serial fiction – the biggest plus is that it keeps me writing. Having my serial read, even by a small audience, is enough to get me to keep doing it. I also have to keep blogging to bring more people to my work.

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