Wednesday, 6 December 2017

IWSG: Thanks for the Right Stuff, 2017!


It's time for the last Insecure Writer's Support Group post of 2017. 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 December's post are Julie Flanders, Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner. Please drop by and say hello.

Time for December's question:

As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

This isn't an easy question for me to answer. Personally, 2017 has been one of the best years of my life. I married my soulmate. We had numerous adventures together. No words could convey how much my life has changed for the better since meeting him in early 2016, and how fortunate we both feel to have met. 


If there a downside, and I'm reluctant to call it such a thing, it's that my life is far busier than it's ever been. Husband. Friends. Family. The days, weeks, and months seemed to have passed by before they'd registered as having arrived. Something had to suffer, and it was my writing. I have written and blogged, but it was sporadic at best.  

Truth be told, my temperament is often at odds with how I live my life. I love company, but I need time alone to create. I crave it. I'm often baffled by people who don't like or seem able to spend time on their own. A few hours or a day to myself is a rarity for me. It's a situation I need to change if I'm ever going to take my writing seriously. But here's the thing - I wouldn't change a thing about 2017. Highs and lows. Successes and failures. I lived and loved every moment.

How about you?

11 comments:

  1. You will find a rhythm and adjust to make writing fit. Everything is new now and you should be enjoying it.

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    1. Thanks, Alex. I’m sure you’re right.

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  2. Sometimes writing does take a backseat to personal life. I'm happy they were joyous occasions, even if the writing time wasn't quite there. :)

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    1. Thanks, Cherie. I hope your year was just as joyous.

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  3. So glad 2017 was kind to you. A lot of bloggers I know had a tough year and it's heartwarming to hear some good stories too.

    As for time alone, that sounds like classic introversion. I enjoy company too, but need alone time in order to recharge. This is not optional to me, it's as fundamental for health as sleeping.

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    1. It has been a tough year for many bloggers, and I wish I’d be more present to lend support.

      I do think I’m a classic introvert. Like you, time alone is vital to my mental health.

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  4. That's fantastic. I hope 2018 is even better! Maybe finding that alone time. ;)

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    1. Thank you! I’m hoping 2018 is a better year for us all.

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  5. This post made me smile--I'm so happy for you! I do hope you find a good balance for writing in the coming year, and all the wonderful things this year brought :)

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  6. That is so awesome, Ellie. You deserved to have a wonderful year and someone to share it with. The journey has just begun and that is so thrilling. You'll find time to write. Happy Holidays!

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  7. Hi Ellie - it's been a wonderful 2 years for you both - and I'm so happy for you ... you'll settle into time to be able to write too - as Gwen says your journey has begun and long may it last - just enjoy and write as you can without worries ... take care and have a wonderful Christmas season - cheers Hilary

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