Wednesday, December 2, 2020

IWSG: Most Productive Times for Writing

The first Wednesday of the month is time for the Insecure Writers' Support Group post!

This Month's Question: "Are there months or times of the year that you are more productive with your writing than other months, and why?"

My Answer: Pre-pandemic, yes. Pre-2020, sure. But boy, oh, boy, 2020 has been way too stressful for me to be highly productive with my writing. So, I suppose I am most productive when I can find a sense of peace and calm within my mind and spirit. Going to the mountains helps me with this. Avoiding social media helps me. Listening to music helps. And reading inspiring nonfiction books definitely helps me find the right head space to be more productive with my writing. I'm currently working through THE ARTIST'S WAY by Julia Cameron. I say "working through" because it's more than a book to read. It is a 12-week program to help artists attain a higher level of creativity, but it is hard work. I've found it quite challenging (this is my third attempt to complete the program), but this particular time through, I'm recovering a sense of myself and that has been enlightening and calming. I'm excited to write and revise, again. I'm ready to be productive, again. We all need a little help sometimes finding our way back to the path, leading to our own true north.

How about you? When is your most productive time for writing?


  1. Hi,
    I have The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, but I have not completed it. Listening to you has given me the thought to go back and complete it.
    All the best and a very Merry Christmas and a safe passage into 2021.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  2. Peace and calm are important. If there's something unsettling going on in my life, I can't write, either. So I have struggled this year. I've had good moments. And then I had months like last month. lol

  3. I am so happy to see you are working through The Artist's Way. Years ago I did it and it had a huge impact on my writing and creativity. It's a wonderful practice. Best wishes to you.