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?