Wednesday, September 02, 2015

IWSG & Summer Stupor

Insecure Writer’s Support Group

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Heather M. Gardner   
Christine Rains
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Julie Flanders 
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September is here and we’ve actually had at least two fairly cool mornings (in 80’s instead of 90’s) and it is a joy to step outside (at least in the morning) again. I can’t wait for that blush of autumn to blow in and cool us down in a way that says summer is over.

Writing went to you-know-where in a hand basket this summer, and even though I have a good excuse (Both of my children got married (!) and other major events…) a part of me is aching because I’m not where I thought I would be with my WIP by now.  I know we all have times like this, but I think I am sad about it this time more than mad. I lost the threads of my book peoples’ stories. I have spent the last few weeks reacquainting myself with them. That is a good thing.

The sadness, I think, comes from my own expectations of myself, and my drive. I feel drained. I feel out of touch. Even though I’ve had some really good moments of re-acquaintance with my book people, it’s a struggle to “get back in their lives” with the vigor I had at the beginning of the summer.
Scully! My daughter's dog.

Summer Stupor. That’s what I’m calling it. 

Can’t wait for Autumn, how about you?
My husband and our aunt Nadine last November!
All photos Lisa Buie-Collard


  1. Hi Lisa - it happens doesn't it .. and heat does drain, while being a mother with exchange students and all the associated organisational aspects takes a lot out of you, and you've been doing book signings and talks etc ... time to let your world recover slowly back to normality and the characters will return ... it's the way of things - being too driven can be too much for one and all ... take care and enjoy the coming Autumnal days ... cheers Hilary

  2. I'm in the same boat as you. I got very little done this summer, writing-wise. But autumn is a good time to get back into the swing of things. Good luck! :)

  3. I've experienced the same thing when life keeps me from my writing. I hope you get back into the grove soon.

    My kids griped about the 'cold' front that wasn't cold. LOL I'm waiting with eagerness for the first blue norther. :)

    IWSG #119 until Alex culls the list again

  4. Good luck. I'm sure you'll be back to it. :-)

    Anna from Elements of Writing

  5. You'll find the groove again. Now that the craziness of summer has died down, you'll slip back into the habit.
    And yes, bring on Autumn! Cooler weather and football.

  6. Give it time, Lisa. We all go that way at some time. And a change of season will help.

  7. I love summer but I also didn't get as much writing done as I wanted. I do love fall though since I'm no longer teaching.

    Susan Says

  8. Autumn is my favorite season, so of course I can't wait! :D We go through our downs with writing. You'll be getting back to writing soon. Maybe Autumn will inspire you.

  9. I love autumn. We've had some wonderful fall-like days just in the last week...but I'm now in Illinois visiting my parents, where they are having their hottest days of the year!

    When we moved to Washington State three years ago, I really struggled in the summer to work. While I was having a great time, I felt off-kilter because I wasn't working consistently. For some reason this summer I managed to stay focused, so maybe I'm adjusting...though we have one wedding in October and another next June, so we'll see if I can hold it together!

  10. Autumn is my favorite time of the year too. The heat just drains me. Hopefully inspiration will find us all this fall! :)

  11. I'm right there in the stupor with you. I love Autumn though and it's my favorite time of year so I'm hoping that will help me get energized again.
    Congrats to your kids - the weddings must have been a thrill for you.

  12. Anonymous10:26 PM

    Glad you're getting to know your story again. I love autumn also. It's my favorite season of the year, followed closely by spring. :) Love you!

  13. Anonymous10:45 PM

    I know just how you feel. A busy summer did that to me, too. I can't wait for autumn and cooler weather. I'm so done with the 80 and 90 degree days. Here's to a productive Fall!

  14. Congratulations on both your kids getting married. There are definitely times I struggle too. In fact, I have been editing my first book for months and haven't written anything in that time. But don't worry, your muse might just pitch up any day now and you will be back in the writing groove.

  15. Congrats on your children's weddings. We had one last August and that was plenty. I always fall short of my own expectations. It happens. Cut yourself some slack. (That's what I tell myself, anyway.)

    Best wishes,
    Diane IWSG #95

  16. I do this so often. Schedule some time for JUST writing, and then I do anything BUT writing. Other things always tend to come up, even when you have a schedule. And I'm such a procrastinator too. I keep telling myself I'm going to join procrastinators anonymous, but I keep putting it off. Maybe tomorrow. And maybe tomorrow I'll get all my writing done too.

  17. Its been so much cooler here too the last week, and very welcome blessing.

    Sometimes writers expect too much of themselves. I'm sure your productivity will increase in Sept because of the down time last month.

  18. I think you've had a lot on your plate this summer. Big changes affect my muse. I'm sure once your life settles into a groove you'll get your writing back on track. I'm hoping it happens for me too. :)

  19. Autumn is my favourite season. i think you enjoyed it. PTSD


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