Wednesday, 7 March 2018

IWSG: Best Laid Plans

It's Insecure Writer's Support Group day - a monthly posting where writers can share and encourage, express doubts and concerns without feeling foolish or weak, and those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. A safe haven for writers! You can learn more about the IWSG group, it's founder Alex J. Cavanaugh, and purpose hereThe awesome co-hosts for March's post are Mary Aalgaard, Bish Denham, Jennifer Hawes, Diane Burton, and Gwen GardnerPlease drop by and thank them for all their hard work. 

I'm going to skip this month's question and instead apologise for not posting in February. Remember back in January when I posted this year is now or never when it comes to my writing? Cue extra hours at work, a holiday to Center Parcs, a friend not respecting the need for time alone to write, adopting a shelter dog, and a husband home with the flu, and my writing didn't progress to where I wanted it to be this far into 2018. 

The Saturday before last, I had a mini meltdown. The lack of time to write and blog had finally gotten to me, and the tears flowed. It's not supposed to be this hard, right? I should be able to put myself first for a little time each day without feeling guilty. My husband says my default setting is guilt and I need to change it. I think he's probably right. It's difficult when most people in my life don't understand that writing is a solo activity, I need time alone to do it, and that I actually like my own company. As much as I love spending time with friends and family, I don't need to fill every moment of my day with other people.

Since the meltdown, my husband has been working hard to get me the time needed. He's encouraging me to step away from chores that he can do, and asking others not to interrupt me. He might not fully understand my writer's temperament or need for time alone, but he really is trying. I'm blessed to have him in my life.

Now enough about me. How are your writing and non-writing plans for 2018 coming along? Are you making progress, however slow? I want to hear all about your adventures.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

IWSG: New Year, New Me

It's the first Insecure Writer's Support Group post of 2018! Blink and another year has passed. Before I answer this month's question, you can learn more about the IWSG group, it's founder Alex J. Cavanaugh, and purpose here. The awesome co-hosts for January's post are Tyrean Martison, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Megan Morgan, Jennifer Lane, and Rachna ChhabriaPlease drop by and thank them for all their hard work.

Time for January's question:

What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

As I wished friends and family a happy new year and mourned the end of 2017 - it was an amazing year - I realised there's only so many times I could excuse my lack of writing and publishing due to personal reasons. If I wanted to write, I could have made time. I made the time for reading, after all. As we start 2018, I have one over-riding mission statement - it's this year or never. And I'm telling every one I know, because I want to be held accountable. 

Over December, I re-read everything I've written. First draft, final, and published. I did it to remind myself how and why I write. To re-ignite a passion. It worked. I also took other more practical steps. I've ditched my laptop, which was driving me crazy after the update to Windows 10. I bought an iPad and Google Chromebook. Best decisions I've made in a long time. I've had to re-learn a lot of the most basic of tasks but including my iPhone, I now have three easy-to-use and synced devices. The Chromebook is an absolute joy to use and essential for blogging if you move away from Microsoft. I'll be covering the reasons why in a later post.

I've made some major writing and publishing decisions. Right now, I'm just excited and eager to start. Bring it on 2018!

Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year!

It's time to celebrate the ending of one year and the beginning of another. For me, 2017 was a special year. I married the man who makes me smile and laugh every single day, and supports me in everything I do. What more could I have wanted? Well, I went another year without publishing. Things will be different in 2018. I'm making a commitment and telling everyone about it. Feel free to kick my backside if I'm not making any progress! I'll send reminders to write your way, if you need them. I have sturdy boots.