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, which I'll share in my next post and you'll be able to follow over the coming year.  Right now, I'm just excited and eager to start. Bring it on 2018!

12 comments:

  1. Windows 10 is pure evil.
    Glad you are all synched up and ready to go now!

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    1. It's the spawn of the devil! When I think of the iPad, MacBook, and Google Chromebook friends I have, I don't know why I failed to make the jump sooner. Onward and upward.

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  2. Happy New Year, Ellie!

    I have a Macbook (best purchase I've made, writing wise) but I hear all kinds of horrid things about Windows 10! I've never heard of a Chromebook--I'm glad it's working for you.

    Let me know if there's anything I can do to nudge you toward your goals this year!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. An occasional kick up the backside to write is always appreciated.

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  3. I'm intrigued! I'm stuck in the old ways of writing (laptop) lol. Your goals are inspiring.

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  4. Happy New Year Ellie. I like the fact that you have reignited your passion for writing. Good luck with your writing goals. I would be very interested to know more about your iPad and Chromebook and how you use it for blogging.

    Rachna Chhabria
    Co-host IWSG
    Rachna's Scriptorium

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  5. That's awesome! My son goes back to school this Friday, and though it's just one day this week, I'm going to use that day to get myself in order. Happy new year! :)

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  6. My PC still has Windows 7 and we use Windows 7 at work. It'll be interesting to see how Windows 10 goes. I did get a Macbook recently (an old one but still useable), and I'm liking it more than I thought I would. I still transfer things through my USB, though, as my home internet isn't the best.

    And I do hope it's not never with writing. I enjoyed your short story collections. :)

    Happy New Year!

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  7. Hi Ellie - looking forward to hearing more about those techie changes you've made ... good luck for 2018 = sounds like life is picking up in the authorly direction ... cheers to you and life ahead ... Hilary

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  8. Hi Ellie! First time over hear on your site. Nice layout. Thanks for the post! I'm a little wonder struck at your five simultaneous writing projects that you've got posted in the left column. Amazing!! How do you manage to keep track of all of that, jumping back and forth between stories, worlds and characters. I know what you mean about not making time to write even though you know that time exists. In any case, happy writing. Also, happy 2018 to you! May it bring you joy and wonder. :)

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  9. Great to see how excited your are for this coming year! All the best in 2018 :-)

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  10. Oooo, sounds like you are on fire and ready for 2018! Best of luck.

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