Who’s neurotic?

Welcome to October and welcome to the monthly session of The Insecure Writers Support Group [#IWSG]

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.

So if you are feeling a bit down or you have found a stash of confidence, please share with us…

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!









Our great leader Alex J. Cavanaugh has a new book out, Congratulations Alex! Here is the trailer…


Honestly, my mind and my flip-flopped feet are still on a beach stuck in July.  I bought some candy corn the other day hoping it would help my brain catch up. So far, no such luck. I should be used to this by now October does come once a year.

FLIP FLOPSwet feet





This year is different because I have a deadline. October 15 is the deadline to finish my revisions on my second book, The Stranger in My Recliner. Did you notice the name change? The sub title is, an intimate look into the eyes of the homeless and the mentally ill in America. What do you think of that title? I am anxious to find out what the editors think…

I feel super guilty for even writing this because I know a lot of you are Moms and Dads and are working and trying to find time to write and raising your families and taking care of homes and just doing it all. I thought once my kids were grown and out of the house, the time fairies would bless me with an abundance of free time, I would have an immaculate home, write many books, take naps and do all kinds of fun things.

In my own defense, I did raise four kids on my own and I did it all, back then. Now I have five grown kids and thirteen grandkids that I cannot get enough. I do work three-twelve hour shifts, which was supposed to give me four other days in the week to write. I am having trouble adjusting to that schedule and seem to need two days of rest after.

I think I am realizing that for me I have to write something every single day or I end up stuck. I am going to go back to my one -thousand -words a day goal hoping to somehow, stick with it on those twelve-hour days.

Once I make my goal on October 15, my husband and I will be going to Florida to visit with my parents. Did I mention they live in Daytona Beach? I hope I’m not back here in November whining about my toes freezing in flip-flops.

Do you have a hard time transitioning from summer to fall when it comes to your writing? What is your favorite fall food?


I would love to see you here too:





3 Responses to “Who’s neurotic?”

  • Good luck meeting your deadline!
    I love the title of your post. As soon as I saw it I thought, I am! 😀

  • Great post, Doreen. I love the title. I take it this is a non-fiction book? Please bear with me, as I’m coming late to your blog and don’t have the backstory.

    I find I have to write everyday, too. I love days off! Man, do I love them. But it’s always so hard to get back into the zone afterwards, and one day off easily turns into a week, and that turns into a month….I think I’ve finally figured out that it’s just not worth it.

    I can also relate to your lack of time. I quit my job last December to focus on my writing full-time, with some freelance writing on the side. I thought I would have so much time, but I manage to get even less done than I did before. I think there’s something about being overbooked and overcommitted that forces us to be super productive in the time we do have.

    • Yes Holli my first four books are nonfiction. After that I will be making stuff up!
      I agree the more time we have the more we tend to fill it up.
      I look forward to following your progress:)

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