Wednesday, January 2, 2019 | By: Angela Brown

IWSG - Let 2019 Begin

Not only is it the first Wednesday of the month, it is the first Wednesday of 2019. So to anyone stopping by, I want to wish you a Happy New Year!
Now that we've got the pleasantries done, let's get down to the nitty gritty.

Wait, I don't have a whole lot of nit or grit for this post, so I'll just go with the question that was posed for this month's IWSG post:

What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?

So let me see...
One of my favorite questions, though it still boggles my mind, is "How do you do it?" People often wonder how I balance being a single mom, having an extracurricularly active teen daughter, work full time and writing.

Truth: I can't say I know how I do it. It just happens. Such a blah answer, I know. But each day I try to live fully, at work and at home, and I prioritize what it important, which is my God and my daughter. Everything falls into place after them.

As for a least favorite question, I suppose it is a question that is a legitimate question, but it, too, boggles my mind, and it's "Why do you write?"

Truth: Why do I breathe? Why do I eat food or drink water? Words are like life to me so reading and writing are as natural to me as blinking.

So what about you? Share your answers in the comments below.


Pat Garcia said...

Happy New Year!
It is amazing the questions we writers get. The why do you write question seems to come across as oh yeah, so what have you written that's been published. I try not to go there when people ask me that. They wouldn't understand anyway and I don't have the time to convince them about my writing, especially if they are not an editor or agent or publisher.

Wishing you all the best for 2019.

Shalom aleichem,
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Your priority is right on track!

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Hmm...your least favorite is intriguing. Now that I think of it, I guess I'm not sure either. Well, maybe it's more like I have many reasons why I write, but they change and evolve with whatever is going on in my life at the time. Can't wait to see where you take this new year, Ange! Wishing all the best always. <3

Natalie Aguirre said...

Yes, I'm amazed at how you juggle it all too. And a big congrats on winning the anthology contest. What a great way to start the new year!

C.D. Gallant-King said...

Congrats fellow wiener!

And I totally get how stuff just happens. Do the best you can, prioritize and make small steps where you can. That's how I get by, too. Imagine how productive we'd be if we had a plan??

IWSG January

Tyrean Martinson said...

I love your answers to those questions - so true.
Congrats on getting your story in the anthology!

Anstice Brown said...

Congratulations on being accepted in the anthology! I agree that 'why do you write?' is a difficult question to answer, but I can understand why non-writers might think us strange creatures for shunning parties in favour of a night typing or scrawling away!

Andrea Franco-Cook said...

Here from Alex's blog. I enjoyed reading your post as your answers were so relatable. One has to love the craft to stick with it for sure. It's a solitary and sedentary job that requires long hours with little monetary reward. Yet, despite all this, like you, I can't keep away from writing for very long. I suppose that's what makes us true writers. Anyway, I'm glad I found this blog. I'm now a follower. Happy New Year.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

When someone asks you why you write, do you actually answer with "Why do I breathe?" That's way too funny! Congratulations on winning, super exciting stuff. I look forward to working alongside you! :)

mshatch said...

"Why do you write?" Truth: Why do I breathe?

I feel exactly the same way. I can't NOT write. Happy New Year!

Cherie Reich said...

Happy New Year, Angela! Great answers to those questions.

Kim Lajevardi said...

I'm with you on why you write. I once explained it as "the most me thing I do." That hasn't changed.

L.G. Keltner said...

Writing is an essential part of who I am. I can't imagine not doing it.

Congratulations on making it into the IWSG anthology!

Jennifer Lane said...

I get the "How do you do it?" question as well, considering I have a busy full-time job, though I don't have kids so that's probably a big part of the how!

Congratulations on your story being part of the anthology!

cleemckenzie said...

I often wonder how to answer that question because I don't know the answer. It just gets done. Here's my best to you on your story in the next IWSG anthology!

Angela Brown said...

Pat - Happy New Year to you as well

Alex - Thanks, I try to keep it in order.

S.A. - Thank you. I feel like I've got a few good things lined up to get 2019 started in a pretty good direction. I wish you the best as well!

Natalie - Thank you. And I have to admit it was humbling to be among the ones selected.

C.D. - Congrats to you my fellow winner. Thanks for the words of encouragement. One day at a time. And a plan, that sounds like an interesting thing, rather, has tended to be like catching an elusive unicorn.

Tyrean - Thank you so much!

Anstice - So yeah, I would probably choose working through an especially excited scene in my story over sitting at a party where my brain will still be working out the scene anyway lol!

Andrea - Happy New Year to you as well and thank you for joining. Get your Hot Tamales, chocolate, or carrots ready as we see what 2019 has for us all.

Elizabeth - Thank you and Congrats to you as well. I DID actually say, "Why do YOU breathe?" to a non-writer bud of mine. When she thought about it, it helped her realize just how important writing was to me, and going forward, she better understood where I was coming from.

mshatch - Happy New Year to you. Yep, writing is just a part of me, a part I don't ever want to let go.

Cherie - Happy New Year! Thanks, I wanted to share some of my truth.

Kim - I love your answer: "the most me thing I do"

LG - Congrats on your story being selected for the anthology and to provide the title of it as well!

Jennifer - Thank you. I know of some very busy individuals because their jobs can consume a lot of their day. Making time for writing is just what we do as writers.

Angela Brown said...

C Lee - Thank you. And yeah, we just get it done when we want that story written, or should I say, when the story demands to be written.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Congrats on the story in the anthology!

You're a wise woman with the perfect set of priorities. I don't think nonwriters understand. Whenever I dream of quitting...I imagine quitting the publishing dream, but I'll never give up the writing. I will write stories if only because it's cheaper than therapy.

Mark Noce said...

Well, people always ask when the sequel is coming out...but the publisher decides that, not me. (shrug)

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations on your story! That's so exciting. You amaze me that you get writing in with your busy schedule. :)

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