Wednesday, January 3, 2018 | By: Angela Brown

IWSG and 2018

It is the first Wednesday of the month, of the year of our Lord, 2018. It is IWSG time.

Time to frolic and hop from blog to blog checking out what others have to share at this most wonderful and commisserate time each month. Click here for links to other blogs.

As we bid adieu to 2017 and walk, run, or stumble into 2018, I find myself regarding goals with a rather skeptical eye. In 2015, I started off with a bang, big and small writing goals set, SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) that I was so sure about.

Life guffawed as it told me, "Hold this beer and spill nary a drop, ya hear!" as it splashed about in my writing life like a beluga whale in a too-small pool.

No surprise that I did not hold on to that glass of beer. I've spent a lot of time gathering the pieces. Instead of trying to glue it back together, which would mostly end with me glued to the mug, I've claimed the broken pieces for my own and handed them over to a master glass blower to turn what was broken into something new.

I've taken time away from writing and hold true to my heart's desire to return with vigor when it is time. I have a feeling that time is near.

When it comes, I would be interested in knowing your answer to this month's IWSG question?

What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

Perhaps some of your comments can provide me some assistance in getting back into a writing groove, so please, comment away :-)

19 comments:

Diana Wilder said...

That is a moving post and I can certainly relate even as I grin at your image of a beluga whale splashing around in your writing plans. In my case, I ended up setting an app for my smartphone that prompts me to write. It seems to be helping. Actually, it keeps me laughing, too.

Maria Zannini said...

People never take time off seriously. I have a friend who stopped blogging for five months. Instead she concentrated on creative stuff like quilting and journaling. She came back so much more refreshed and ready to tackle life.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sometimes we have to step back. I've done so for just about as long as you have now.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Yes, we do come to know that the time to return to writing is near. I had that moment of realization a few months back, before that I had not written for several months. Now I'm back to my manuscript.

Rachna Chhabria
Co-host IWSG
Rachna's Scriptorium

Chrys Fey said...

Last year, I didn't write much at all. Life told me to hold that glass of beer, too, and I failed. But I feel this year will be different. Here's to both of us writing many words in 2018!

Cherie Reich said...

I'm trying to do better about my goals for this year by simplifying my weekly/monthly goals and scheduling in breaks. We'll see how it goes. Happy New Year!

Natalie Aguirre said...

You know that I've taken tons of steps back from writing. I just started writing again this summer and am taking it easy. Just trying to be more consistent. Maybe something simple is enough for you too. Remember, you'll have more time when your daughter is older.

Cathrina Constantine said...

I have little doubt that you'll know when the time is right for you to begin writing. Take Care and Happy New Year~

Angela Brown said...

The beluga whale image is rather fitting lol!!

Angela Brown said...

Sounds like your friend had the right idea.

Angela Brown said...

It has been a while, yet is has been good to give myself the break, and you as well :-)

Angela Brown said...

Returning is slow going, not rushed. Probably the way it needs to be.

Angela Brown said...

Here's to us getting in many words for 2018, Chrys!!

Angela Brown said...

Scheduling in breaks is a good idea.

Angela Brown said...

You are so right, Natalie!

Angela Brown said...

Thank you, Cathrina :-)
Happy New Year!

mshatch said...

I think we all need breaks at times tho sometimes our inner critic says, What?! I definitely agree with Maria that sometimes focusing on other creative endeavors, like cooking, art, sewing, whatever, can bring new energy. Hope you have a wonderful 2018 :)

Huntress said...

It seems our lives mirror the other. I'm trying to get back into the writerly fast lane also. But since I've "tried" before and made stupid, foolish promises to myself, I decided this time to blog and write and make the effort before falling down the steps again.
Here's to you and me finding our way again. {hugs}
Btw, you might find my blog post interesting.

https://spiritcalled.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-passing-of-sarah.html?showComment=1515425677957#c3717736725633770656

Gwen Gardner said...

It was much needed time off! Now you can move forward again. A lot's been going on in the world. It's made people sit up and take notice. Rethink some things. We're doing what we can. As I commented in the post above, you got this!

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