Welcome to the first day of IWSG 2013!
The Insecure Writers Support Group is a fabulous place where we writers can get together to share our successes and our troubles, to help support one another when things slow down and get tough, and give encouragement to any who may need it. To find out more head on over to Alex J Cavanaugh, the brain behind the whole operation. Post your own words of support or just go and have a read of what others are sharing. You won't be disappointed!
At the beginning of 2012 I did as many others do and made myself a New Years Resolution/To Do List, with its main focus on my writing habits.
I resolved to write 500 words a day, submit to at least one competition a month, get properly started on my novel, amongst a whole host of other little tasks. As the year went on I added more and more to this list, completely forgetting about the things already on it. My main aim for 2012 was to get something published, and I thought that trying to take on all of these little things would somehow help me to achieve that goal.
I drew up a timetable for when I could fit everything in, even down to time slots every day, windows that I could fill with writing stuff. As time went on though, I missed more and more of these little goals and my heart started to sink as the list of overdue tasks just grew and grew.
I was trying to do all of this alongside an OU course, preparing a wedding, getting ready for my daughter starting school and all of the other everyday things that go with life. In short, I was trying to do way too much. Don't we all just get like that sometimes?
I actually sat down over the holidays and wrote a proper list of everything I was trying to do and then sat back, wide-eyed at everything I thought I could do. I really must think I'm some kind of super-woman. I mean I am, obviously, but it's no surprise really that my level of output dropped so much.
The only thing that I managed to keep going with, more or less, is my blog. And then I realised that I'd actually achieved my overall aim, to get something published. After all, what is my blog if not publishing my thoughts and writing? This lifted my spirits nicely and so I can feel positive about something from 2012.
This year I've decided to take things slow and steady. I'm not setting any ridiculous goals for myself, just one or two that I think will be manageable. I'll post more on these over the next couple of days and have some tabs to keep track of my progress. Already this year is starting on a positive note.
What have you taken away from your writing in 2012?