Not So Hard At Work

This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is 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. The awesome co-hosts for the December 6 posting of the IWSG are Julie Flanders, Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner!

It’s the last IWSG of the year! I can hardly believe it’s December already. I’ve been trying to stay focused on a new writing project I’m working on, but it’s difficult around the holidays. So many distractions. Hopefully, I can put some real meat on the story’s bones between now and Christmas.

Not much in the way of insecurity to report this month, so I’ll just do this month’s question.

December 6 question – As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

I’d do a lot MORE, I think. More writing, more editing, more submitting. Compared to 2016, I didn’t do much moving forward this year. I had a wealth of publications last year but not so many this year. Of course, I know that’s no real measure of success, because publishing overall is a slow business and I probably just got lucky that everything sort of ended up getting published in 2016. But I want to make a career out of writing, and I know that means I need to work consistently and submit consistently.

I feel like I slacked a lot more this year, unfortunately. If I could go back I’d make myself do more work instead of letting myself get distracted by shiny things like the internet and Netflix. I would put more effort into finding a home for some of my finished works. I’d move my career forward a little harder than I did.

The good news is, there’s always 2018–and I intend to pick up the slack that I let out this year!

How about you? Did you do good this year, or were you lazier like me?

32 thoughts on “Not So Hard At Work

  1. I think I’m going to set some bigger goals for myself this year, and break them down into manageable bites. I got derailed early in the year by a major event, and it threw me off for the better part of six months before I really shook myself back into gear. For the first time in a couple years, I’m actively trying to grow my editing business, rather than keep it chugging along while other life had to take precedence. Many of my goals will certainly be focused there, with specific times and days each week to get those things done. Onward and upward!

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    1. That’s great! Manageable bites is a good idea–I find I can easily overwhelm myself by setting goals that are way too big to chew on all at once. I hope this years goes smoother for you and good luck with the editing business!

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  2. I was beating myself up about not doing better with short stories this year, but then remembered that I’d spent the beginning of the year working on novel edits. We do what we can. Don’t beat yourself up too much.

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    1. That’s a good way to look at it. If only we could get our brains to stop shouting more, more, more!

      Thank you, and thanks for stopping by!

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  3. mlouisebarbourfundyblue December 6, 2017 — 8:24 PM

    Hi, Megan! You’re brave to tackle a full time writing career. I didn’t have the guts ~ I had to have a secure day job ~ I chose elementary teaching! I do not recommend that course; it’s way too demanding if you want to write too. So now’s my time! Like you, I’m hoping to get much more writing done in the coming year. Good luck ~ wishing you productivity for 2018!

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    1. It’s definitely not a full time career yet, but I really, really want it to be in the future so I need to put my nose to the grindstone. I still work a day job, but a girl can dream, can’t she? Best of luck to you! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Oh NOOOO! It’s the first Wednesday. I totally blew it this month. I never even thought about it until I saw your post here today.
    BTW – I’m in the same boat as you. I totally slacked off this year. Not totally, I took on a PT job and had several major projects I was working on. But that kept me tied up and exhausted and I slacked on the queries, which totally reflects in what’s coming out now.
    On to a bigger and better 2018 for both of us!

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    1. Ahhh, it’s okay! You don’t get penalized for skipping a month, no worries.

      It sounds like you had a very busy year, so you have an excuse! May we both have more time for writing–and less time for slacking–in 2018!

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      1. Thanks Megan! Wishing you a great, and productive New Year!

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  5. That dang Netflix. Why does Stranger Things have to so good…and make me want to eat Eggos? I didn’t get as much writing done as I thought I would, but it’s all good. It’ll still be there waiting after I’m done binge watching the next show. 🙂

    Elsie

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    1. I shamefully watched the entirety of season 2 in one weekend–and yet I have no regrets! Or Eggos left. 😉

      May we stay off Netflix this year and get more done!

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  6. Some years are fast and furious, other years are slow. I think we all go through this where we do so much for so long, many years even, and then a year comes when we don’t get much done. I think it’s normal. Next year, we can strive for more. 🙂

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    1. Very wise words, thank you for them! Here’s to a better 2018!

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  7. Hi! I’m new to IWSG. Great to meet a fellow romance writer. I’m just starting to blog again after a hiatus at http://wordsworldandwings.blogspot.com.

    You may not have published much in 2017, but your output was incredible in 2016. I’m envious.

    Happy holidays and best wishes for the new year.

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    1. Awww, thank you so much! And welcome to the IWSG, it’s a great bunch of people. I’ll stop by and check out your blog. Thanks for coming by!

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  8. Even though I am busy all day long, I always feel lazy, because I don’t seem to focus on the most important (hardest) projects. We, writers, seem to be very hard on ourselves. Like you, I hope to write more substantially in 2018. I will have to finish my memoir, write the next drafts and do a lot of editing, but I also hope to write articles again, so I can make a bit of money, and keep the submission process going. In 2017 there was no time at all to let those kind of writing juices flow. Happy holidays!!

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    1. I know that feeling! I’m not sure how we’re ever going to be happy with ourselves when what we’re doing never seems to be the ‘right’ thing. I wish you lots of luck in 2018. May we both be more productive and do the things that our brains tell us we should be doing!

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  9. I did better this year than last, but last year I had my parents in and out of the hospital, so it’s no surprise really. Hopefully, 2018 will continue to be good with good health and lots of writing.

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    1. I hope it’s good for you too, and I’m glad you had a much better year this year!

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  10. But NetFlix is so shiny, isn’t it? Especially when it airs season two of Stranger Things…

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    1. Haaaa yes! And I already watched all that.

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  11. Netflix is an awful distraction and cute kitten videos. Yikes! The second half of this year, I really feel I’ve slacked off. Here’s to 2018 being a grand year for all of us! 🙂

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    1. Ohhh no, don’t remind me of the kittens! 😉 Good luck to you in 2018!

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  12. I hear you. I have had similar thought for self, so I am going to try to focus and narrow more. Wishing the best and success in 2018.
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

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  13. I did okay, but like you said there is always next year. Good luck to both of us. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. Yes! May 2018 be more productive!

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  14. I, too struggled with laziness, this year. I guess I’d categorize it more as procrastination. My biggest hurdle is my kids. They shouldn’t even need that much attention. They’re teenagers. When they leave to do something, my productivity suddenly kicks up a notch. Have a wonderful 2018!

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    1. I’m lucky my son is completely grown up now. There’s so many other ways to procrastinate though, trust me–I found them!

      Here’s to a much more productive 2018 for both of us!

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  15. If it wasn’t for that darn distracting internet, I’d get a lot more done too 🙂 I ticked a major thing off the list this year (getting a manuscript to beta readers) and I’m hoping the momentum that can carry me through the holidays and into next year.

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    1. Congratulations! I think that’s earned you some internet time. 😉 Good luck with your manuscript! May we be less distracted by shiny things this year and get more work done.

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