IWSG - May!

Today is Insecure Writer's Support Group Wednesday! The first Wednesday of each month, writers pop around to one anothers' blogs to offer support, insight, high fives and hugs. This month's hosts of the hop are Eva Solar, Melanie Schulz, Lisa-Buie Collard, and Stephen Tremp. Good job, team :)

Last month I talked about having seen one of my favorite authors, Jacqueline Winspear, speak (you can read her blog posts here - highly recommend!). It was my first week of writing full time and her words about writer's block were exactly what I needed to hear. Not that writers block is easy to get over, but rather that we should not allow ourselves to have it because others have died for our right to freedom of speech. The concept of the privilege of writing making it an essential action hit me right in the feels. 

I took that quote to heart this month by doing my daily April A-Z post every morning. I couldn't pre-post due to the nature of the challenge I set for myself, and I loved the accountability it created. I've also been researching the business side of being an author. It was quite busy!

As I've been 'not working' (as my former coworkers seem to refer to it), I've become more and more aware of the privilege I have in being able to pursue my dream of writing. Of being an author without having to worry about having money for food or rent. This month I stumbled upon this article about how writers are often 'sponsored' by family, spouses, or wealthy patrons, thus enabling them to be creatively productive. 

I'm so incredibly thankful that my spouse can support me through this journey so I can do this without stress. But I'm also keenly aware of my time and of wanting to make sure not to waste it because I know that there are many others out there who are squeezing their writing dreams into precious snippets of time. I am privileged, yes. And also extremely grateful.

What are you grateful for this month?

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  1. AJ, it's so important to have the approval of a spouse or significant other. Writing can become a wedge in a relationship unless their is that support. Otherwise, the spouse only sees the back of your head for long periods of time.

    Stephen Tremp
    IWSG Co-host

  2. Congrats on taking the plunge, AJ! I couldn't do this worry free if it wasn't for my spouse. I think a lot of people are in the same boat.

    Sad that your co-workers persist in thinking writing isn't work. Oh little do they know!

  3. Make the best out of your time, it is a privilege and I know how you feel, but it's a great place to be! :-)

  4. I'm glad I'm healthy, and employed. The rest seems to work itself out.

    Here's my link if you'd like to drop by :-)

    Anna from Elements of Writing

  5. I, too, can write whenever I please without the worry of food or shelter or clothing, having a family who "sponsors" me. I am a stay-at-home mother who absolutely loves her kids and puts them first over the career scene. That will come with time, but on the meanwhile, you should see the stockpile of books I've already written. Editing is intimidating right now. O.O


  6. Congrats on taking the plunge, AJ!

  7. How fortunate for you to be able to work full-time without having to worry about financial matters! :) I love what you say AJ about writers shouldn't have to face writer's block because "others have died for our right to freedom of speech." Wow! That's a powerful statement and I never though of it that way. Have fun with your writing journey! <3

  8. AJ, that's awesome your husband can not only support you to pursue your author goals, but but obviously you have his blessing to do so. A lot of writers never get that from their family.

  9. Great post, we need to consider how lucky we are when things feel tough. Especially if we have the support of loved ones.

  10. You're very lucky to have that kind of support. Congrats on finding a great guy.

  11. Anonymous8:16 PM

    Hey AJ! Just blitzing through on the Road Show and wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed your story through the challenge. I used the challenge to write a story this year too.. it ended up being a Sci-fi piece over at Promptly Written. If you ever get the chance, I would love for you to read it: https://promptlywritten.wordpress.com/category/a-to-z-challenge/ I know time is valuable, so don't feel pressured to read. I hope to see you again next year for the challenge!


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