Hello fellow insecure writers!
This is my third time I’m experimenting with blog posting by recording my blog post and uploading the file for Dragon Dictate to transcribe it for me. Last time had quite a bit of issues, but I was driving and the phone was down in my lap, so maybe it was a little louder than it could’ve been.
And while we’re trying this whole thing, we’re sitting at the park and Minnie is supposed learn how to be patient while we sit outside, so we will see how this goes. They don’t have a long leash to wander around. In fact, they are on a short leash. We’ll see how long it takes for Minnie to get bored and start barking at me.
I’m afraid I have to acknowledge that I have too much on my plate right now.
Writing is going to have to take a backseat to my proposal, my qualifying exams, and exercising and other self-care kind of deals.
This kinda frustrates me, but if this dictation thing works out and I get better at it and Dragon’s accuracy increases, then maybe I can start dictating my scenes while I walk the dogs without my husband or while I’m walking to and from the bus. Of course, I may look like a crazy lady talking to myself. So, we’ll see.
It does fit with the Monica Leonelle’s Write Better Faster * and what seems to be a push towards dictation in a lot of the writing community. However, getting more words on the page will not help me to edit any faster.
But, if I’m writing shorter stories, then I can edit those more quickly. And, if I create a backlog of short stories over the school year that I dictate while I’m walking to and from the bus** or with the dogs, then when I have more time over the summer I can just edit the short stories and count those to my write 20 & sub 20 goal that I have. Also, I think just the practice of writing stories, or dictating stories, will make me a better writer in the long run stop
Her sister’s laying down behind me in the grass under the bench and the little bossy butt who likes to walk a lot and doesn’t want to sit down ever is standing in front. So you can see Daisy here under the park bench just hanging out.
I’m kind of frustrated that I have to give up my focus on writing when I feel like I was finally making traction. I mean not a lot, but a little bit. Three or four dollars a month is a great start. I got a lot of stories out there last year.
And, eventually, I’ll keep getting more out there. Just right now, there’s no way for me to write, walk the dogs all their exercise that they need, get my exercise two, keep a semi-clean house, get that quiet time I need as an introvert, and read my million articles that I have to read for my proposal in writing my literature review, and study for my qualifying exam. And, live life with other people and not being super irritable all the time and not get sick all the time because I’m overextending myself.
Something had to give.
That said, part of me feels like stepping back giving up. I know that’s not the case. It’s committing 100% to one of my other goals right now. And later, I can commit 100% writing. This thing a.k.a. Minnie, still hasn’t moved she’s doing really good for her sit still. The problem is she can do this at the park when no one’s here, but not when there’s a lot of other stuff going on. She wants to move and see things. She gets bored when she is not the center of attention.
I suspect that this post is long enough as it is…
So for now, I ask you, have you ever felt like stepping back is giving up even though you’re committing to something else for the time being? How do you balance writing with all of your other activities?
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