One Word (IWSG January)

Welcome to a New Year!

I hope yours brings health and happiness, making up for the last few years perhaps. At the least, I hope you achieve the things you want to achieve – whatever that may look like.

For me, I’d like to finally get On Solar Winds out there for people to read. I’d like to finish book two, plus write (and submit) more short stories. That means being more organised, more inspired, and more focused. The second half of last year became a deep trench of work and little writing, and I miss it so much! I’d like to get my energy back into doing what I love the most.

Which brings me to this month’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. On the first Wednesday of each month the ISWG share their writing thoughts and hopes, struggles and dreams. We aim to share and inspire!

Brought to you by Alex J Cavanaugh, the IWSG blog hop is co-hosted this month by Jemima Pett, Debs Carey, Kim Lajevardi, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, and T. Powell Coltrin. Thanks, all!

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group logo of a lighthouse in sepia i

This month we are each offering a ‘Word of the Year’.

Is there one word that sums up what you need to work on or change in the coming year?

Here’s mine:

Evaluate

Just as I mentioned earlier, I think my mission this year will be to evaluate my work-life-writing balance and make changes as needed. Some of this hinges on external factors beyond my control that will affect the work and writing aspects… but I can prepare for them to come into play (or not, as the case may be), and plan for action based on their outcomes. (I know this sounds vague, but I don’t want to give anything away at the moment.)

Evaluate comes on the back of last year’s Restructure, and in many ways is a crucial part of that, too. I have learnt a lot about critical reflection at work lately, and certainly this step is part of the cycle of change toward improvement. Funny that I have ended up applying this principle to life and writing, too.

What about you? Do you have a Word of the Year? What are your writing plans (or not)? I’d love to read about them in the comments!

Meanwhile, do check out the IWSG Blog Hop linky list to see what others have written.

Happy New Year and best wishes to all.

Kangaroo on a lawn of a single storey house at night, neighbourhood with Christmas lights out and on display
A holiday visitor (not my house, but local) (C) E L Gill

The IWSG Blog Hop:

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!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer…

IWSG

2 thoughts on “One Word (IWSG January)

  1. Hi, Emma Louise from Myrtle Louise! I’m visiting from the IWSG for February. I’ve been doing a lot of evaluating too. The word that I chose for 2023 is “healthy.” I’ve had a rough two years health wise, and now that I’m coming through the treatments successfully, I’m focusing on getting back to feeling healthy again. Have a creative February!

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