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.