Oh look, I’m cohosting today! Welcome to 2023, and I hope it brings good things for you. I particularly like this month’s Question, which gives plenty of scope for thinking about the year ahead.
This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post, in which we share our successes and failures as writers, our insecurities, in fact. Anyone can join in, just sign up at the IWSG Sign-up page, write a blog post on the first Wednesday of the month, and go back to that sign up page to link with everyone else–or a goodly sample. Our host is Alex J Cavanaugh, and cohosting this month are:
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Do you have a word of the year? Is there one word that sums up what you need to work on or change in the coming year? What is your word for 2023? Why?Question of the month, January 2023, IWSG
Achieve. I was thinking ‘focus’, but the outcome of that focus is to achieve something.
Drifting v achieving
I’ve been drifting through life lately. There are good reasons for that, emerging from the trauma of moving house straight into lockdown. Lockdown after lockdown, madness in politics, cruelty to those suffering and in desperate need. Then there was the intolerable noise of the building site next door, the stress induced on my animals, and as it quietened down, I allowed myself to realise the stress had been on me, too. ‘Drifting’ could be another word for ‘distancing myself from everything around me bar my animals and key friends.’
Funnily enough, writing my Christmas story for the blog made me realise, when I got to my homily at the end. Drifting really was my problem, just as it was Fred’s!
So, I feel ready to emerge, and achieve a few things this year.
Writing and not-writing
I am working on a writing project. This has gradually taken shape over the last few months, as I started to focus on what my readers expect of me. Doing the craft shows (I had a really good December!) made me realise that yes, lots of people don’t read what I write, and no, I don’t need to write things for them. Be true to my own voice, and write more for those who discover they like it.
There are two main projects I want to carry out in and around the house. I need to get started on the first. Dry winter days will be fine, as it requires physical exercise out of doors, which will make me hot, and I’ll only want to do a little at a time to start with. Rome was not built in a day, and neither will my patio with its extra shade for the hot summer…. I’m sure I have the capability of doing this, if I treat it like an elephant, and bite one piece at a time. (The second is the kitchen, but that can wait.)
These things have been in my mind for a while. It’s time I set about achieving them. So I must focus, and get on with them.
A book, and a patio. If I achieve those, it will have been a good year.
What about you?
PS If you’d like to try cohosting, just contact Alex J Cavanaugh (you can comment on his blog or find his email there) and let him know.
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